Nashville is nationally noted as the home of the Grand Ole Opry. Now another “Grand Ole Opry” is attracting increasingly favorable media attention. “Nashville Opera has secured for itself a place among important regional companies,” one critic recently noted. “An operatic miracle … in Nashville,” added another.
And the sleek new Noah Liff Opera Center, opened in 2009, could become as integral an element of the Nashville performing arts scene as the venerable Grand Ole Opry House. While the company presents its mainstage season at TPAC (Tennessee Performing Arts Center), the Liff Center is “home”: offices, educational programs, rehearsal and storage space, and stage for smaller-scale and new works.
The Nashville Opera Guild was formed in 1981. Six years later the organization expanded to become the Nashville Opera Association, though the Guild remains as a vital source for fundraising and other services. In 1997 Nashville Opera merged with the nearly decade-old Tennessee Opera Theatre and became the largest operatic organization in Tennessee.
The company already boasts three world premieres. It also includes an extensive education program, highlighted by the Nashville Opera on Tour program. Featuring singers in the Mary Ragland Young Artist Program, it reaches thousands of students every year.
Nashville Opera Information
- Public Transportation: Poor
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performance/Programs: Approximately four productions per season
- Admission: Varies ($5-97.50) depending on performance, date and seating choice
- Subscription/Memberships: 2- or 3-Opera subscriptions offer 10% off ticket price, Flex tickets waive ticket fee.