Special Events

Join Us for These Special 20th Anniversary Season Events

20th Anniversary Season Celebration
Friday, June 1, 7:00PM-10:00PM
CRST Building 4th Floor Balcony
201 1st Street SE, Cedar Rapids

Raise a glass as we share memories at this special end-of-the-season party. Enjoy Scottish-inspired refreshments and, in anticipation of our season-closing performance of Lerner and Loewe’s BRIGADOON, entertainment by Scottish Highlander piper Brian McKenzie, a Celtic-inspired harp program by Young at Harp, and performances by cast members of Brigadoon.

The party is held overlooking downtown Cedar Rapids on the spacious, covered, outdoor 4th floor balcony of the new CRST Building.

Tickets: $20 per person

Purchase online ($1.75 online ticket fee per person)
Or at the door starting at 6:30pm

Or send a check by mail:
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre
425 Second Street SE, Suite 960
Cedar Rapids, IA  52401

If you would like to be a 20th Anniversary Season Celebration Patron Sponsor, two tickets to the event and celebration sponsorship recognition* are included with your donation of $200.  Please mail your sponsorship contribution to the address above.  We thank you for your support.
Patron sponsorship donations received after May 11 will not be able to be included in the print program

Brigadoon Preview Concert

Saturday, June 9, 6:00PM
Indian Creek Nature Center Outdoor Amphitheater

The cast of Brigadoon performs pieces from the show and other operatic favorites in this free concert. No reservations required.
Sponsored by Myron and Esther Wilson

Menotti's The Telephone at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Wednesday, June 13, 1:00PM

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Young Artists will perform The Telephone by Gian Carlo Menotti, a one-act English-language comic opera, and a selection of favorite arias at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 3rd Ave SE. This free, one hour performance is open to the public; no reservations required.

Iowa Public Radio Performance: Live from Studio One

Tuesday, June 12, Noon Tune into IPR Classical or listen online at iowapublicradio.org for a special performance and interview with host Jacqueline Halbloom and the cast of Brigadoon.

Past Events

Lecture - Arranged Marriages in China:  No Riddles Needed

Thursday, November 9, 6:00PM, Cedar Rapids Public Library, Whipple Auditorium
Dr. Edy Parsons explores the topic of arranged marriage in Turandot. Free & open to the public.
Sponsored by UFG Insurance

The Ugly Duckling Family Event
Saturday, January 6, 11:30AM, Cedar Rapids Public Library, Beems Auditorium

This free, all-ages, interactive event will immediately follow The Ugly Duckling community performance at the Library.  The free performance will take place at 10:30AM in the Library's Whipple Auditorium.
Sponsored by Wells Fargo

Temple Judah Preview Concert
Saturday, January 6, 7:00PM
Temple Judah, 3221 Lindsay Lane SE, Cedar Rapids
The community is invited to the sixth annual Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Temple Judah Preview Concert.
This event is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

Hear selected arias from Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s upcoming production of “Turandot” and other popular operatic pieces performed by cast members Rebecca Nash, Ta'u Pupu'a, Chloé Olivia Moore, Matthew Lau, Andrew McLaughlin, Nicholas Nestorak, Max Zander, Ashley Kay Armstrong, Christina Bernardoni, Ian Butler, Matt Chastain, Samuel Cotton, Leigh Folta, Alanna Fraize, Erin Persick and Liang Zhao, with pianist Shari Rhoads.

Sponsored by Michelle Arenson & Mike Robertson, Lena Gilbert, REALTOR®, Skogman Realty and West Music

Sitzprobe Social
Monday, January 15, 6:00PM, Opus Concert Cafe & The Paramount Theatre

Enjoy light refreshments with friends, a Q&A on the upcoming production with stage director William Ferrara and pianist Kyle Naig, and an exclusive sneak peek of Turandot in the theater in this traditional first "seated" rehearsal with the singers and orchestra.

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