2022-23 Nashville Opera Season

Vivid sets and costumes, a thundering live orchestra, and the power of the human voice…Nashville Opera has been offering creative takes on the classics and thought-provoking news works for over 40 years.  Join Artistic Director John Hoomes and an international cast of singers for a blockbuster love story, two exciting company premieres, and a sparkling comedy that will delight the whole family.

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Red Umbrella on rainy street in Paris

La Bohème

September 22 & 24, 2022

It’s Christmas Eve in Paris.  In a freezing rooftop garret, Rodolfo, a struggling poet, falls in love with Mimi, a beautiful seamstress.  And through high comedy and serious drama, we follow their circle of artist friends as they make their way in the City of Light.  Puccini captures just what it means to be young and alive with a brilliant mix of emotion and some of the lushest, most beautiful music ever written.  (No wonder this operatic icon was reborn as RENT!)  Lose your heart and find bliss.


By Giacomo Puccini

Sung in Italian with projected English titles

Old Wooden Doll with smoke rising behindThe Medium

October 28-30, 2022

Does a phony start getting messages from the beyond during a sham séance…or are even darker forces afoot?  John Hoomes’ clever direction will always leave you guessing!  From the composer of Amahl and the Night Visitors comes a gorgeously chilling chamber opera we’re offering by candlelight.  And since it’s Halloween weekend, we’re going all out to make this company premiere a spooktacular experience complete with deliciously creepy signature cocktails.


By Gian Carlo Menotti

Sung in English with projected English titles

Chines food container and fortune cookie with message of Uh-ohStuck Elevator

January 20-22, 2023

A Chinese food deliveryman is hoping to rise and getting the shaft in this comic-rap-scrap-metal opera.  Every day, every order of orange beef and General Tso the hopeful Guang delivers brings him closer to the American Dream…till it almost eludes him for good in a lurching Bronx elevator!  Based on a true story, this funny, heartfelt new work promises fresh perspectives and a unique voice in this truly intriguing Nashville Opera premiere.


By Byron Au Yong & Aaron Jafferis

Sung in English, Chinese, and Spanish with projected English titles

Tea bag hanging over pirates hook in front of British flagThe Pirates of Penzance

April 21-23, 2023

Ahoy, mateys!  This wacky high-seas Britcom has spelled family fun since the Victorian era.  Join the most unlikely band of pirates ever known as they sail through the clever wordplay and infectiously merry music G&S are known for!  Hum along (in your head, at least!) with the famous melodies and set your phasers on pun.  This madcap gem guarantees you’ll leave the theater singing!  Parrot and eye patch optional, but do dress up if you’re inspirrrrred!  (We arrrrrgh!)


By Gilbert & Sullivan

Sung in English with projected English titles­­­

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