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July 18, 2024

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La bohème

Nashville Opera Announces 2022-23 Season

The season opens with Puccini's "La Bohème."

Nashville Opera announces its 2022-23 season with a lineup of classic favorites and noteworthy company premieres. 

The season opens in September with La Bohème. Beloved for over 100 years, this operatic icon is the inspiration for the musical RENT! Through high comedy and serious drama, we follow a circle of artist friends as they make their way in the City of Light, and Puccini paints it all with some of the lushest music ever written. 

Over Halloween weekend, the company will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium, a chilling chamber opera about a phony medium who starts getting messages from the beyond during a sham séance. John Hoomes’ clever staging of this company premiere may leave the audience asking if even darker forces afoot. This immersive experience will be presented by candlelight.

In January the company presents the operatic premiere of Byron Au Yong’s Stuck Elevator, a comic-rap-scrap-metal opera the San Francisco Chronicle calls “Vibrant…compelling and eye-opening.” Guang, its hopeful hero, is a Chinese food deliveryman chasing 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. 

The season closes with Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved The Pirates of Penzance, a wacky high-seas Britcom that has spelled family fun since the Victorian era. Curt Olds returns to reprise his role as Major General Stanley, delivering the clever wordplay and infectiously merry music G&S are known for. 

Subscription sales open July 11, and single tickets go on sale August 15. 

Please note: Through the month of July, in-person sales at the Noah Liff Opera Center are by appointment only to ensure box office staff is available. Assistance by telephone is available Monday – Thursday, from 9–5 at 615.832.5242. For more information, visit

La Bohème

Giacomo Puccini
September 22 & 24
TPAC Jackson Hall
Sung in Italian with projected English titles 

The Medium

Gian Carlo Menotti
October 28, 29, 30
Noah Liff Opera Center Studio
Sung in English with projected English titles 

Stuck Elevator

Byron Au Yong & Aaron Jafferis
Noah Liff Opera Center Studio
Sung in English, Chinese, & Spanish with English titles 

The Pirates of Penzance

Gilbert & Sullivan
April 21, 22, 23
TPAC Polk Theatre
Sung in English with projected English titles 


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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.