Nevada Opera Announces Youth Program for Fall 2013

The Youth Program will begin with an orientation meeting on Tuesday September 3rd at Steinway Gallery in Reno at 5pm.  The youth program will meet on Tuesdays beginning September 10th at Steinway Gallery in Reno from 5-7pm.

Rhonda LaFountaine, Director

Rhonda graduated with highest honors from the University of Idaho with 3 degrees: an M.S. in Child Development and Family Studies, with a minor in Guidance and Counseling, a B.S. in Elementary Education, with a minor in Science, and a B.S. in Child Development.  She is a certified specialist in Gifted and Talented Education K-12 and has a K-8 Teaching Certificate.  Rhonda has performed in a wide span of dramatic, musical theatre, and operatic roles with Nevada Shakespeare Company, Nevada Opera, Nevada Repertory, TMCC Theatre, Circles of Light Productions, and others.  Over the years, Rhonda has had extensive vocal training with Ted Puffer, Jon Fay, & Helen Lee.  Rhonda spent time last year volunteering with High School Students.  She was the Acting and Vocal coach for the students competing in the Regional and State Thespian Festival.  Eleven of those students received “superior” ratings and went on to the International Thespian Festival to compete last June.  With her educational background and her extensive performance experience, Rhonda brings the skills and talent necessary to create the premier training program for the youth in our surrounding areas.

Neal Long, Pianist

Neal D. Long is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno and holds a degree in Piano Performance (BM).  He studies piano with Dr. James Winn and has served as accompanist for several organizations and artists throughout Northern Nevada and California.  Neal is the pianist at South Reno United Methodist Church and enjoys teaching at Western Nevada College and the University of Nevada, Reno.   In the summer of 2013, he was invited to participate in the Saarburger Serenaden International Music Festival in Germany.  Neal joined Nevada Opera over 13 years ago as a member of the youth chorus and has since worked with the company in multiple capacities including adult chorus member of P’Opera, accompanist, music director, and tenor soloist.  Neal’s experience in the NVO youth program is a great strength as he has an understanding of the feelings these young performers may have as they begin their musical journey and will be an example to them of what can be if they stick to it.

2013-2014 Season Tickets

Season Tickets are now on Sale

Individual Tickets for Carmen will go on sale September 1, 2013

Eldorado Hotel Showroom

Season Tickets

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Season tickets for renewing subscribers were offered on July 29th. On August 12th, season subscriptions will be offered to the general public.

You may order season tickets by mail.For the order form with pricing, click 2013-2014 season order form. The form may be printed by clicking the printer icon at the upper right.

To order season or individual tickets or for questions or assistance, please call the Nevada Opera office at 775-525-4654. Normal working hours are M-F, 9:00 – 2:00.

Individual tickets will also be available, after September 1.


Not Your Grandmother's Opera

Not Your Grandmother’s Opera

Friday, September 20, 7:00 & Sunday, September 22, 1:00

Purchase online from the Eldorado Box Office

The Nevada Opera’s (NVO) new production of Carmen on September 20th at 7:00 p.m. and 22nd at 1:00 p.m. 2013 celebrates Street Vibrations. Street Vibrations’ upbeat atmosphere will be the setting for this new version of this great opera.

NVO’s Carmen will remain true to the themes and the music, but like Bizet’s original Carmen, this version will use dialog. To create a viable production, we are using a new translation based on the original translation by Ted and Deena Puffer.

This incredible production will be designed and directed by Joachim Schamberger (director of NVO’s Sweeney Todd) with film, animation and local themes. Moreover, for this unique event, NVO will present this production in the Eldorado Showroom, modeled on a beautiful Opera House in Italy. The event will offer meal and show packages as well.

Be part of history; see this incredible new production of this great opera!

Join us for our 46th Season

Nevada Opera’s 2013-2014 Season

Join us for our 46th season


  • September 20, 2013 at 7:00pm
  • September 22, 2013 at 1:00pm

Cavalleria  Rusticana /  I Pagliacci 

Nevada Opera Association regrets to announce the postponement of the Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci production that was to be presented in March 2014.  Due to unforeseen  scheduling issues, we have no choice but to postpone the production.  Once we confirm the new dates, we will notify you. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.  Your understanding is appreciated.