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Opera Gala 2015: Fantasy of the Opera
Saturday, April 25
Saturday, April 25 Jazz Artist Karrin Allyson

Our 17th Season of Professional Opera, 2014 - 2015

OPERA GALA 2015: Fantasy of the Opera
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Cedar Rapids Country Club
Beginning at 7pm; Black Tie Optional

You’ve been waiting 2 years for our biannual Opera Gala so you will not want to miss exploring the intrigue and revelry of Fantasy of the Opera! Enjoy complimentary wines, the Cedar Rapids Country Club’s signature appetizers, and a unique silent auction. Starting off the evening’s festivities will be local new Latin combo—Ritmocano. Cabaret entertainment provided by Grammy Award Nominated jazz artist, Karrin Allyson. Considered “one of the jazz world’s finest” from Los Angeles to New York, Ms. Allyson will extend the evening of fantasy, exploring the wide world of music from Gershwin to Miles Davis, from Latin rhythms to folk and soft rock.  Learn more about Karrin Allyson.

Limited seating remains; reservations must be made by noon on Friday, 4/24.  For your reservation, please contact the Opera Office at 319-365-7401 or

Single reservations $125 per person ($85 tax deductible).  Proceeds benefit Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's education and artistic programming.

Related event: Karrin Allyson will conduct a master class with select local college jazz vocalists, on Friday, April 24, 1pm - 3pm, at Coe College's Daehler-Kitchen Auditorium. The class is free and open to the public.


A Young Artist Production
June 18-21, 7:30pm, 2015
On the Lawn at Brucemore, 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids

Follow the adventures of mad knight, Don Quixote, and his sidekick, Sancho Panza, as they traverse Spain, encountering deadly foes and beautiful maidens. Based on the book and play by Victor Hugo, the story is told by Miguel de Cervantes, a failed actor, as he relates the legend to his fellow inmates during the Spanish Inquisition. Man of La Mancha music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion, book by Dale Wasserman.

Enjoy an evening on the picturesque lawn at Brucemore, indulging in the beautiful tunes of this musical which include “The Impossible Dream” and “Dulcinea.” Remember to bring a picnic, beverages and lawn chairs or blankets.

Tickets available at 319-362-7375 or


Thursday September 18, 2014
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 3rd Avenue SE

Join us as we unveil our 17th season of opera with an evening of musical highlights from Don Giovanni and Man of La Mancha, featuring several principal cast members. Enjoy light appetizers and beverages from Zin’s, and a complementary tour of the CRMA’s wonderful galleries.

Taste of Opera is sponsored by Bankers Trust

DON GIOVANNI by Mozart (new production)
Friday January 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm and Sunday January 18, 2015 at 2:00pm
Paramount Theatre,119 3rd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids
Live broadcast of the Sunday matinee by Iowa Public Radio
Orchestra Iowa musicians conducted by Daniel Kleinknecht; stage direction by William Ferrara.

Considered by some to be the best opera ever written, Mozart’s masterpiece is based on legends of Don Juan, a womanizing scoundrel. The opera slinks between comedy and tragedy as the lead character pursues a path which leads to his destruction.

Don Giovanni is sponsored by CRST, Rockwell Collins, Myron & Esther Wilson with additional support from Divine Engineering, the Jared & Carol Hills Foundation, Orchestra Iowa, and United Fire Group

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