Performances & Events
October 5, 2023
Old State Capitol
Saint-Saëns' gripping supernatural thriller, Le Timbre d'Argent, will have its Louisiana première in a new English translation as Hell's Bell with Opéra Louisiane's October production at the Old State Capitol. Best known for his biblical opera Samson et Dalila, Saint-Saëns dipped his toe into ghostly waters with a fantastical tale of greed and lust. The artist, Conrad, struggles with making a living while sharing an apartment with his friend and sometimes lover, Bénédict. It soon becomes apparent that Conrad is using Bénédict to keep a roof over his head, all the while squandering what little money he makes on a seductive and silent dancer, Fiammetta, who fuels his sexual and narcotic addictions. He asks Bénédict to sell his only remaining possession of worth: a silver bell bequeathed to him by his father as he lay dying. Bénédict reluctantly sells the bell to Conrad's dealer, Spiridon, who mysteriously returns it to Conrad, claiming the bell has the power to bring vast wealth to the one who rings it. The catch? Someone must die. It could be anyone, and in intoxicated desperation Conrad rings the bell. Not once, but twice, wreaking havoc on the lives of the only people who love him. Ghosts and poor choices abound in this eerie, hair-raising production... the perfect fright night to get you in the mood for Halloween!
The Christmas Spider
by Clint Borzoni & John de los Santos
December 15 & 17, 2023
On a bitterly cold Christmas Eve, a poor woodcutter and his two children have no gifts, barely enough to eat, and are in danger of losing their home to an impatient landlady. The surprise discovery of a large, but gentle arachnid leads to a seemingly miraculous turn of good fortune for the family, reinforcing the importance of love and togetherness.
Inspired by a Ukrainian legend (which resulted in the placing of spider ornaments on Christmas trees for a lucky New Year), THE CHRISTMAS SPIDER is the third operatic collaboration between composer Clint Borzoni and librettist John de los Santos following When Adonis Calls and The Copper Queen. Their goal is to dramatize a new tale for all ages, complete with an original yuletide carol, that adds to the rich musical tapestry of the holiday canon.
"The Christmas Spider was developed by The American Opera Project in their First Chance program."
The Barber of Seville
May 3 & 5, 2024
Figaro! Figaro! FIGARO! Based on a play called Le Barbier de Séville by French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais, this is the first of three plays about a character called Figaro. Silliness ensues through a tale of bribery, deception, disguise, and of course, true love when Figaro plays matchmaker for his former employer and assists Count Almaviva in winning the heart of Rosina and freeing her from her lecherous guardian, Dr Bartolo.