Why donate?

Why donate?

  1. History
  2. Mission
  3. Educate
  4. Enlighten
  5. Enrich
  6. Entertain
  7. Achievements


Nevada Opera Association (NOA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1968 by Ted and Deena Puffer, making  Nevada Opera the oldest professional performing arts organization (and the only professional opera company) in Nevada. NOA has produced more than 175 operas, operettas, and musicals over the last 43 seasons.

NOA has an annual operating budget just over $500,000 and one full-time employee on the business side of the house.  The company hires between 30 and 150 singers, musicians, artists, directors and technical crew members for each production.  All of this adds up to a substantial contribution to the regional economy.


NOA’s mission is to Educate, Enlighten, Enrich, and Entertain the people of Nevada and the Sierra Nevada region by producing live opera performances of the highest quality and offering education and outreach programs to students and targeted audiences.


Special Invitation provides free dress rehearsal tickets for students.  Participating teachers receive a comprehensive teachers’ guide.  Special Invitation is also available to special needs audiences (mentally and physically challenged) and seniors.  Nevada Opera Youth Chorus (NOYC) offers vocal and performance training to students 3rd through 12th grades – one of them is sure to be a rising star!


Opera Overture offers an entertaining and informative pre-show talk prior to each performance enjoyed by newcomers and seasoned opera-goers.


Offering opera to the broadest possible audience through Opera on Special Location offering two productions in smaller venues and unique locations such as the Historic Washoe County Courthouse and the Pioneer Underground.  This initiative was designed to reach new audiences by offering opera events for all tastes and ages.


Nevada Opera produces two main stage opera performances each year featuring directors from around the country, as well as Nevada Opera Orchestra and Chorus!  Additionally, we offer a free outdoor summer concert (Opera in Blue Jeans) during Artown each year.


  • Staged one world premier (Mark Me Twain) and Three American premiers (Doktor Faust, Joan of Arc, critical edition Orpheus in the Underworld) and contemporary American works (Susannah, Of Mice & Men).
  • Translations by Ted and Deena Puffer are still in use today at many opera companies in the U.S.
  • Hold a reputation for launching young artists, most notably, Dolora Zajick who is the world’s reigning dramatic mezzo-soprano.  Evelyn De La Rosa, John Ames, Monica Harte (currently our General and Artistic Director), and John Baril also began their careers in Reno.
  • Nevada Opera is known throughout the community for its range of educational programs. Nevada Opera Youth Chorus produced Hans Krasa’s children’s opera Brundibar during Artown’s 2008 summer festival and the 2010 season produced Chip and his Dog, by Gian Carlo Menotti.  In 2006, the Nevada Youth Chorus performed for former President Jimmy Carter.
  • Nevada Opera presented Jack and the Beanstalk, a new opera for the whole family by young Norwegian composer Dan Henry Bøhler. Performed as part of Nevada Opera’s Resident Artists Program , the cast included local favorites Julie Lenz, Karen Solaegui-Lyman, and Becky Earl. The performance was enhanced by a fascinating animated backdrop. In addition, The composer joined us for this world premiere of his work.
  • Reinvigorating the opera world yet again with a re-imagined take on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, giving the piece a new anime-style look under Monica Harte’s direction. Read more…
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  • Nevada Opera, as part of Artown, presented the first ever Renaissance Fair held in Reno. Over 2,000 people attended to enjoy the concerts, other performances and booths. A good time was had by all! Four concerts presented music from a variety of sources: Renaissance Madrigals, Broadway, Eclectic Harp Music, and an Evening Concert from many sources. Read more…
  • World premier of Jack and the Beanstalk, a new opera for the whole family by young Norwegian composer Dan Henry Bøhler. Performed as part of Nevada Opera’s Resident Artists Program.