Opera in New Orleans has been a tradition dating back to the late 18th century, with the great French Opera House (located in the French Quarter) as its center from 1859 until it was destroyed by fire in 1919. After that fire, the city only received occasional visits from other opera companies on tour. It […]
A visit to the food, nutrition and diet section of your local bookstore is a confusing experience. There are books praising the virtues of low carbs, high carbs, low protein, high protein, vegetarian, all meat—you name it, some doctor-specialist-nutritionist-dietitian has a best-selling book about it. With so much contradictory information, how can one find what […]
Last year, Elisabeth McGuigan Gray got an early birthday gift. It was July 5, the day before her birthday, and the same night of the Tim McGraw/Faith Hill concert they were going to in New Orleans. Before the concert, Brian Lee Laborde, her boyfriend, told Elisabeth that he had an early birthday gift for her […]
‘Tis the season to pull out the formalwear and fancy table settings for holiday entertaining. Whether hosting an intimate cocktail party for friends, serving family the very best with a formal sit-down dinner, or welcoming both family and friends for a holiday open house, here are some ideas that will have your fête sparkling with […]
Junior Achievement is all about the kids. It’s about preparing and inspiring our young people to be successful participants in our rebuilding economy. JA does this with its economics curriculum presented by role model volunteers in classrooms and other settings throughout our rebuilding city and region. JA also does this by honoring successful entrepreneurs. Since […]
“Tales of the Cocktail” founder Ann Rogers and Stacey Smith, creator of the Starfish Cooler, the official cocktail of the event. Cocktail aficionados gathered in New Orleans from July 18 to 22 for the annual “Tales of the Cocktail,” a cocktail and culinary festival that celebrates the culture and history of dining and drinking in […]
Joey and Susan Englert with Trisha and Scott Englert More than 10,000 people showed up to Kenner’s Laketown for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s annual “Back to the Beach Festival, ” June 2 and 3. The theme was “Surf’s Up” and two days of bands and delicious food kept people entertained, while a nice breeze […]
Chefs Guy Sockrider, Stephen Stryjewski, Michael Sichel, Alon Shaya, and Chris Nealy In a region known for its cuisine, those who cook it are taken very seriously. In recognition of what culinary talent there is, Louisiana Cookin’ magazine honored five chefs at its 6th annual “Chefs to Watch” awards at Café Reconcile on Aug. 27. […]
Rev. Gary Bolden, Ralph and Connie Phillip, and Dennis Dillon By combining gospel music and the culinary traditions of New Orleans, the Girls and Boys Town of Louisiana’s fund-raising brunch was satisfying to the palate and the spirit. Held on Aug. 18 at the Ormond Country Club, the event featured a home-style Southern buffet and […]
John Humphreys, III, Lara Ballard, Peirce Hammond, and Dwight Acomb Since 1983, Coastal Conservation Association/Louisiana has been instrumental in ensuring good stewardship of Louisiana’s marine and coastal resources. On Aug. 15, CCA held it’s annual “Delta Banquet” at the Audubon Tea Room. About 180 guests enjoyed silent and live auctions, which included footballs autographed by […]
From July 21 to 20, the sounds of classical piano music wafted through Loyola University’s Roussel Hall for the annual New Orleans International Piano Competition, hosted by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. Alexander McDonald, MASNO executive director Daniel Weilbaecher, Christopher Atzinger, and Konstantin Soukhovelski Before the competition began, a field of 120 pianists […]
In a city still in the throes of recovery, having role models is more important than ever. To honor those who inspire—and continue to inspire—the Young Leadership Council held is 21st annual “Role Model Gala” on Aug.11. Each year, the YLC honors about 25 outstanding leaders, and recipients have distinguished themselves by promoting a positive […]
“Lights, Camera, Action” was the cinematic theme for the annual “CHAIRish the Children,” a benefit for the Louisiana Children’s Museum on Aug. 25. The museum dazzled as it was transformed into the perfect setting for a Hollywood-style party. The highlight of this event is the auction that featured creative chairs produced by artists, store owners, […]
The American Cancer Society’s seventh annual “Hope Gala,” held Aug. 18 at the Shops at Canal Place, offered guests an evening of elegance while raising funds for research to find a cure for cancer and for the group’s other programs. Seven members of the greater New Orleans community received a “Spirit Award” for their contributions […]
Nothing could deny—not the heat, especially—art lovers and partygoers from Julia Street and its surrounding area for “White Linen Night” on Aug. 4. The galleries were packed with people—Arthur Roger even had men manning the door for crowd control—though some people sneaked into them earlier in the day to actually see the art! Cocktails enlivened […]
Thanks to an emphasis on early diagnosis, combined with more targeted, effective treatments, cancer is becoming a treatable disease for millions of people. A trio of local survivors wants to get the message out to everybody: you can fight cancer successfully. It helps a lot, they say, to have a positive attitude, the support of […]
Susan Spicer’s long-anticipated cookbook “Crescent City Cooking: Unforgettable Recipes from Susan Spicer’s New Orleans” will appear on shelves at the beginning of November. “It wasn’t supposed to take this long,” Spicer recently remarked, “but then this little hurricane popped up…” Fans of the nationally-renowned chef/owner of Bayona will be glad to hear that the wait […]
Chef Jared Tees of Lüke, chef John Besh’s latest venture, looks to German cuisine for this timely menu. AppetizerFlamenkucheA thin Alsatian tart topped with onions, Benton’s bacon lardons, caraway seeds, Emmenthaler cheese and Mornay sauce. EntréeBlanquette of local veal cheekswith pumpkin dumplings and wild mushrooms DessertWarm apple, quince and pear strudelwith caramel ice cream Veal […]
A fall tradition embraced by art lovers and partygoers is “Art for Arts’ Sake,” held annually on the first Saturday of October. Galleries around town will be showcasing the work of talented artists—many of them local—and the Contemporary Arts Center will debut a number of exhibits and host a “Hot Jazz” themed party. So there’s […]
Last month kicked-off various seasons: football, social, hunting and deb. On the social and cultural front, it started when NOMA flung open its doors for “Overture to the Cultural Season,” and since then it’s been a “dressy casual” or “dressy dressy” occasion after another. Folks are hoisting glasses, breaking bread, dancing until way past dawn, […]
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Opera in New Orleans has been a tradition dating back to the late 18th century, with the great French Opera House (located in the French Quarter) as its center from 1859 until it was destroyed by fire in 1919. After that fire, the city only received occasional visits from other opera companies on tour. It wasn’t until 1943 that a group of opera lovers, led by Walter Loubat, drew up the charter founding the New Orleans Opera Association, in order to have opera in the city on a regular basis. The inaugural summer season included open-air performances—“Opera Under the Stars”—in City Park Stadium. For fall, productions moved to the Municipal Auditorium, the association’s home until 1973, when it moved to the Theatre of Performing Arts.
Though its 2005/2006 season was canceled due to Hurricane Katrina, the association has rebounded, and today has a full schedule of productions planned this year. Kicking off the 2007-2008 season is “Faust,” Oct. 19-21, with four more productions following: “Il Trittico,” a New Year’s Eve party, “Rigoletto” and “West Side Story.”
The audience at the first opera production of the New Orleans Opera Association. It was held in City Park in 1943.