Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's 21st Season

Of Rebels and Romance

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For our 21st season, we are bringing to Eastern Iowa works that embrace the rebellious, the romantic, the trailblazing.

This fresh, fun season will be held in intimate Eastern Iowa venues.

January 10-13, 2019, CSPS Hall
The Threepenny Opera
Book and Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
Music by Kurt Weill
English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein

Tickets, $35 in advance; $40 day of show through or 319-364-1580

After seeing The Beggar’s Opera, a 1728 ballad opera by John Gay, Brecht began to co-write with Elizabeth Hauptmann a new, sociopolitical, satirical recreation of the show called The Threepenny Opera, with a dark, groundbreaking jazz score by Kurt Weill. Now famous antihero characters include career criminal Macheath (aka Mack the Knife), his unlikely fiancé Polly, daughter to Mr. Peachum, King of the Beggars, and Mack’s friend on the inside, the Chief of Police Tiger Brown.

This essential neo-musical theater piece of the 20th century will be performed at the historical C.S.P.S. Hall. One hour before each performance, award-winning composer Robert Lindsey-Nassif will give a free preshow talk in the blackbox theatre at CSPS.

Seating is extremely limited—early reservations are recommended.

April 12-14, Theatre Cedar Rapids
The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius
A Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre commission and world premiere

Tickets, $40, on sale in January 2019 at or 319-366-8591

The jewel of our 21st season is a Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre commission and world premiere, inspired by the work and life of Cedar Rapids native, artist Grant Wood.

Three one-act pieces by Iowa-based composers Jean-François Charles, Michael Ching and Robert Lindsey-Nassif range from whimsical, to historical, to experimental coming together in a complete experience and fuller understanding of Grant Wood.

In this very special first production, Nicholas Nestorak, last seen with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre on the Paramount Stage as Pang in Turandot, will sing the role of Grant Wood.

Starting one hour before each showtime, join us for a free curtain talk by art historian and author of Grant Wood: A Life, R. Tripp Evans.

Special thanks to Nan Riley, The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius Commission Sponsor

April 2019, Cedar Rapids Community School District and community performances
The Ugly Duckling
by Andrew Duncan

Inspired by the beloved Hans Christian Andersen tale, this opera for children follows a little bird that can’t quite fit in with the other ducklings, but learns to love herself as she grows, surprisingly, into a beautiful swan.

In January 2020 Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre returns to the Paramount Theatre with Orchestra Iowa.

October 25, 2018, Cedar Rapids History Center
Season Premiere Preview Party
A season premiere preview cocktail party featured performances from The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius, The Threepenny Opera, and The Desert Song. The stained glass window, designed by Grant Wood, served as the backdrop for performers Wesley Frye, tenor; Benjamin Kawsky, tenor; Jessica Pray Patel, soprano; Chad Sonka, baritone, and Tony Nickle, pianist.The event took place in the beautiful Douglas Mansion, newly renovated home of The History Center.

This event was generously sponsored by Arenson Law Group, PC


Thank You to Our 2017-18 Sponsors for Making Our 20th Season a Success
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
Dave Wright Nissan Subaru

Brucemorchestra X
September 9

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TURANDOT by Puccini
January 19 and 21, 2018
Paramount Theatre

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Lerner and Loewe's BRIGADOON
June 14-17, 2018
Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater at Brucemore
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