Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's 20th Anniversary Season


Read our 21st season announcement and spring newsletter


BRIGADOON by Lerner and Loewe
Thursday - Sunday, June 14-17, 7:30PM
Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater at Brucemore

This beloved classic musical tells the story of a mystical Scottish village that only appears for one day every 100 years and a romance that must bridge the magical mists of time.

The production is stage directed by Brian Luedloff (Artistic Diretor of Opera Ft. Collins), choreographed by Ashley Bassett, and features CR Opera Theatre Young Artists. 

Tickets through Brucemore at 319-362-7375 or

Advance Tickets
$25, General Audience
$15, Students and Brucemore Members

Day of Show (after 3:30PM)/At the Gate
$30, All Tickets

Bring lawn chairs or blankets, and a picnic to enjoy before the performance. Gates open 1 hour before showtime.

Thank You to Our 2017-18 Sponsors
20th Anniversary Season Sponsors
CRST International
The Jared and Carol Hills Foundation
Myron and Ester Wilson

Season Sponsors
City of Cedar Rapids
Rockwell Collins

Season Production Sponsors
Divine Engineering
GreatAmerica Financial Services
Iowa Arts Council
McIntyre Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
UFG Insurance

Young Artist Program Sponsors
Giacoletto Foundation
Transamerica Foundation
Mark and Tracy Zimmerman

With Additional Support Provided by
ACT, Inc.
GCRCF Program Fund
The Hall-Perrine Foundation
Iowa Public Radio
Virginia Michalicek
West Music

Brucemorchestra X
Saturday, September 9 at Brucemore

The Opera performed at the 10th annual outdoor concert, Brucemorchestra X, this year presented by Orchestra Iowa in partnership with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Featured guest soloists included mezzo-soprano Janara Kellerman, bass Daniel Sumegi, tenor Ta'u Pupu'a (singing the role of Calaf in the 2018 production of Turandot), and soprano Rebecca Nash (performing the title role in the 2018 production of Turandot). 

TURANDOT by Puccini
A love story on the grandest scale.
Friday, January 19, 7:30PM
Sunday, January 21, 2:00PM

Paramount Theatre

Stage direction by William Ferrara
Conducted by Daniel Kleinknecht
With Orchestra Iowa

Photo by Rob Merritt
Featuring award-winning soprano Rebecca Nash as Princess Turandot and former Cleveland Browns defensive end, tenor Ta'u Pupu'a as Calaf

"This is a masterpiece of casting, costuming, makeup, lighting, scenery, movement and direction, with stellar musicianship onstage and from Orchestra Iowa under the baton of Opera Theatre founder Daniel Kleinknecht." -The Gazette
Read the Gazette Review

"Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre presented Puccini's epic Turandot as part of the company's Twentieth Anniversary season...delivering a handsome production, richly adorned with all the spectacle and vocal fireworks one could hope for in a presentation of Puccini's final work." -Broadway World
Read the Broadway World Review

THE UGLY DUCKLING by Andrew Duncan
Cedar Rapids Public School District Outreach
and Community Performances

Students and families enjoyed this operatic outreach production of the much-loved Hans Christian Andersen children’s story of the ridiculed duckling that grows into a beautiful swan. 

The free community performances took place on Jan 6 at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, followed by a family event, and Jan 10 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Sponsored by ACT, Inc.

Ugly Duckling
costumes provided by Curtains Up Costumes - Sigourney, Iowa

And join us for our 2017-18 special events.

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