Midtown Opera Festival

Midtown Opera Festival 2018

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Midtown Opera Festival

April 6-14, 2018 at Playhouse on the square
FULL SCHEDULE  |  Featured Operas  I  FESTIVAL FRINGE Events  |  Tickets  I  Dinners I  Parking 

Opera Memphis’ sixth annual MIDTOWN OPERA FESTIVAL is coming to Playhouse on the Square April 6-14, 2018. The Festival is anchored by two evenings of opera, The Triumph of Honor and The Opera 901 Showcase. Each opera is preceded by an Opera Prelude Talk, providing insight into the story, characters, and music we'll experience. After the opera, the audience is invited to join us for in the Festival Lounge for a drink or head to one of the many Festival Fringe Events.

Surrounding the operas, we've curated a world of additional events, called Fringe Events, that are designed to deepen your experience, highlight something new, or expand the definition of what an opera festival can be. This year, the Fringe Event calendar features performances by Collage Dance Collective; the return of Aria Jukebox back by popular demand; Opera Takes Flight, in which aerialists perform to opera's greatest hits; and the ever-popular family event Cartoons & Cereal, featuring some of those great classic cartoons that introduced generations to the sound of opera.


Featured Operas

Each opera is preceded by an Opera Prelude Talk, providing insight into the story, characters, and music. After the opera, the audience is invited to the Festival Lounge for a drink or to catch one of the many Festival Fringe Events.
The Triumph of Honor
Friday, April 13, 2018 at  7:30 pm & Saturday, April 14, 2018 at  8:00 pm

Riccardo and Rodimarte are two friends traveling through Italy, getting in trouble with the law and love along the way. Leonora and Doralice are frenemies, fighting over Riccardo and trekking across the Italian countryside after him. Meanwhile, Leonora’s brother is vying for Doralice’s attention and vows to avenge her honor which was damaged when Riccardo slept with both ladies. Who will win Riccardo’s love, and who will win in the duel for the ladies’ honor?

Opera 901 Showcase
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at  7:30 pm & Saturday, April 14, 2018 At 5:00 pm

New operas inspired by Memphis. The Opera 901 Showcase features a series of original operas commissioned by Opera Memphis, all set in Memphis. In a city rich with history and eccentric characters, operatic material is everywhere.


Festival Fringe Events

Midtown Opera Festival creates a space for arts experiences of all kinds! In addition to the two featured operas, make sure you check out these great add-on and partner events! Click to learn more!

  • Feel the Spirit: Brunch featuring Songs & Spirituals from the African Diaspora (Info & Tickets)
  • New American Music for Voice & Violin: Hajnal Pivnick & Kayleigh Butcher (Info & Tickets)
  • MOSAIC: Collage Dance Collective Youth Ensemble Showcase (Info & Tickets)
  • Opera Takes Flight: High Expectations Aerial Arts (Info & Tickets)
  • Cartoons & Cereal: A Bugs Bunny introduction to opera! (Info & Tickets)
  • WKNO Screening of When I Rise: A free screening of the documentary film, When I Rise (Info)
  • Aria Jukebox: A free event following The Triumph of Honor (Info)


Tickets & Festival Passes

Midtown Opera Festival tickets are available on a per event basis or by purchasing the Festival Pass. 

The Festival Pass grants the passholder access to any performance during Midtown Opera Festival! It's the perfect option if you're not sure what your schedule will be, what you want to see, or if want to attend multiple events.

What do individual tickets cost?
Tickets start at $10 and prices increase based on seating level. Of course, those $10 tickets move quickly, so don't wait to buy! As always, students with a valid student ID may purchase $10 tickets at the door on the evening of the performance.

What does the Festival Pass cost?
$100 per pass - click here to get yours today! 

What does the Festival Pass NOT include?
The pass does not include the Opera Prelude Dinners, Feel the Spirit: Brunch featuring Songs from the African Diaspora, or the Ignite Memphis event. Tickets to the prelude meals may be purchased at the links here: Dinners  |  Feel the Spirit  |  Ignite Memphis 

Where can I get tickets?
Click here or call our box office at 901.202.4533!


Location & Parking (NEW Valet Parking!) 

Midtown Opera Festival will take place at Playhouse on the Square.

Onsite Parking
There is a small parking lot adjacent to Playhouse on the Square on the east side, and it usually fills up very early on performance evenings.

Overton Square Parking
The Overton Square parking garage is open! There is a $3 flat fee for parking after 6pm. Enter from Monroe Avenue.

Valet Parking
For the first time, we will have valet parking available at Midtown Opera Festival! It will be available for $10 on all performance nights in the east side parking lot.