Nashville Opera Association

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Nashville Opera
Noah Liff Opera Center in Nashville
Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres Opera
Occupation(s) Opera Company
Years active 1981-present
Website Nashville Opera Web Site
Members General and Artistic Director
John Hoomes
Past members Founder
Mary Cortner Ragland
Thor Johnson
Former Chief Executive Officer
Carol Penterman

The Nashville Opera Association is a professional opera company in Nashville, Tennessee and is a member of OPERA America.[1] The company currently offers four fully staged opera productions and the On Tour educational outreach program during an annual season which runs from October through April. Performances are offered at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Downtown Nashville and the award-winning Noah Liff Opera Center in the Sylvan Heights section of West Nashville. Designed by renowned architect Earl Swensson, The 26,000-square-foot (2,400 m2) Noah Liff Opera Center houses the company's executive offices, conference facilities, and a state-of-the-art rehearsal studio. The center was designed to accommodate small theatrical performances and special event rentals. Nashville Opera's mission statement is "make a difference by creating legendary productions and programs and providing exceptional service."

John Hoomes joined Nashville Opera in 1995 as the Artistic Director, and was named General and Artistic Director in 2012. Mr. Hoomes received his master's degree from Indiana University with a concentration in directing and has become recognized as an expert in the field of opera and musical theater. He has gained a solid reputation for staging thought-provoking interpretations, and for possessing the artistic vision to bring new works to the stage. In 2005, Mr. Hoomes collaborated with GRAMMY-Award-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon on Nashville Opera's first world-premiere, Surrender Road. Two years later he directed the world-premiere of composer Robert Aldridge's Elmer Gantry, an operatic adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' groundbreaking novel. Mr. Hoomes has directed over 75 productions of opera and musical theater in his career, including nearly every Nashville Opera production since 1995. As a freelance director, he works with companies throughout North America such as Arizona Opera, Kentucky Opera, Cincinnati Opera, The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Glimmerglass Opera, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Indianapolis Opera, Opera New Jersey and Pittsburgh Opera.


The Nashville Opera Guild was chartered in 1981 under the direction of Mary Cortner Ragland. They produced their first opera, Madama Butterfly, in the same year. In 1987, the Nashville Opera Guild transferred its charter to the Nashville Opera Association. Two years later, they hired their first permanent director, Kyle Ridout, whose tenure lasted five years. In 1995, the former General Director Carol Penterman (through 2012) and current Artistic Director John Hoomes joined the Nashville Opera.[2] The Nashville Opera merged with the Tennessee Opera Theater in 1997, increasing production from one or two to four operas per season. In April 2009 the Nashville Opera's new facility, the Noah Liff Opera Center, had its grand opening. Current Chief Operating Officer Noah E. Spiegel joined the Nashville Opera staff in 2012.[3]

World Premieres[edit]

  • The NOA premiered Surrender Road by Grammy Award winning songwriter Marcus Hummon in 2004. A documentary The Making of Surrender Road was filmed in association with this production.
  • In November 2007 the Opera produced its second world premiere Elmer Gantry by composer Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein to rave critical reviews. The NOA and Elmer Gantry were subsequently featured on the cover of the Sunday Arts & Entertainment section of the New York Times.
  • Nashville Opera On Tour premiered The Ugly Duckling by Andrew Duncan in 2008. The 45 minute opera is a musical adaptation of the classic children’s story and includes familiar components from other classic tales. Written for school-age children, the message of the work is that standing out and being different is not necessarily a bad thing.




  • Tosca Puccini





  • La Bohème Puccini


  • Il trovatore Verdi




  • Rigoletto Verdi



  • The Barber of Seville Rossini
  • Madama Butterfly Puccini


  • Tosca Puccini


  • Don Pasquale Donizetti
  • Die Fledermaus Strauss


  • La traviata Verdi
  • Stand-Up Opera Ward
  • The Magic Flute Mozart


  • La Bohème Puccini
  • Operetta Cabaret
  • The Elixir of Love Donizetti


  • Aïda Verdi
  • The Turn of the Screw Britten
  • La Cenerentola Rossini
  • Trouble in Tahiti Bernstein
  • Gianni Schicchi Puccini


  • Carmen Bizet
  • H.M.S. Pinafore Sullivan
  • Così fan tutte Mozart
  • Der Rosenkavalier Strauss


  • Madama Butterfly Puccini
  • Susannah Floyd
  • The Magic Flute Mozart
  • The Flying Dutchman Wagner


  • Don Giovanni Mozart
  • The Mikado Sullivan
  • Regina Blitzstein
  • Otello Verdi


  • Turandot Puccini
  • Hansel and Gretel Humperdinck
  • The Pearl Fishers Bizet
  • Rigoletto Verdi


  • The Barber of Seville Rossini
  • La traviata Verdi
  • Porgy and Bess Gershwin
  • La Bohème Puccini


  • Tosca Puccini
  • Pagliacci Leoncavallo
  • The Pirates of Penzance Sullivan
  • Salome Strauss


  • Lucia di Lammermoor Donizetti
  • La Voix Humaine Poulenc
  • The Lighthouse Davies
  • Die Fledermaus Strauss
  • Carmen Bizet


  • Faust Gounod
  • Surrender Road Hummon
  • Iolanthe Sullivan
  • Turandot Puccini


  • Aïda Verdi
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors Menotti
  • Les Enfants et les Sortilèges Ravel
  • Romeo and Juliet Gounod
  • Madama Butterfly Puccini



  • Don Giovanni Mozart
  • The Student Prince Romberg
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors Menotti
  • La Bohème Puccini


  • Tosca Puccini
  • The Fall of the House of Usher Glass
  • Rigoletto Verdi


  • Andrea Chénier Giordano
  • Hansel and Gretel Humperdinck
  • The Marriage of Figaro Mozart
  • Carmen Bizet


  • La Traviata Verdi
  • I Pagliacci Leoncavallo
  • The Girl of the Golden West (La Fanciulla del West)" Puccini


  • Madame Butterfly Puccini
  • The Difficulty of Crossing a Field Lang
  • Cinderella Rossini
  • The Magic Flute Mozart


  • The Pearl Fishers Bizet
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Nyman
  • The Barber of Seville Rossini
  • Otello Verdi


  • La Boheme Puccini
  • Romulus Hunt Simon
  • Florencia en el Amazonas Catan
  • The Pirates of Penzance Gilbert & Sullivan


  • Turandot Puccini
  • Hydrogen Jukebox Glass
  • Così fan tutte Mozart
  • Die Fledermaus Johann Strauss


  • Don Giovanni Mozart
  • Glory Denied Tom Cipullo
  • Three Way Robert Paterson
  • Carmen Bizet


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