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

Order Form

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.


Nevada Opera Renaissance Fair

Bring the Whole Family

NVO-Renaissance2013On July 14th, NVO held its first Ren Fair at Wingfield Park. The event lasted from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Over 2000 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.

Two non-musical performances also entertained the crowd.


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26 Booths provided a multitude of food, crafts and games.

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Il Nome

The Nevada Opera Madrigal Ensemble performs early music, primarily from the Renaissance period. They performed numbers from the stage after introducing the genre. Between other performances, they strolled the crowd performing numbers.

Fencing Demonstration

Eric Moomberg of the High Desert Fencing Alliance described the history of fencing to the audience. He showed several types of sabers, rapiers and foils. With the help of two others he demonstrated the art. He then joined the crowd for hands-on demonstrations.

Broadway Concert


Selections from the Broadway stage featuring Nevada Opera Chorus soloists

Shown in the collage below (left to right) are:

Top: Stephen Murdoch; Leslie Fudge, Stephanie Urmston and Colleen Medina; Rachel Chavez; Mark Emerson

Middle: Michael (Doc) Gerber; Rick Cornell; Alice Dickenson; Stephen Murdock

Bottom: Mark Emerson and Stephanie Urmstrom;Danielle Mudd; Michelle Callica

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Renaissance Harp and Then Some

Beverly Colgan and Jill Dickman

Prog-p3Bev and Jill performed an amazing variety of music on Renaissance period harps.

The music spanned traditional selections such as Greensleeves through ragtime, new world and up to modern popular and folk tunes.
Bev also provided an interesting commentary on the instruments and the music.





Kondor Brothers Juggling

The Kondor brohers – Caleb and Jonathon – wowed the crowd with a juggling performance.

The act began with a rather tame set of juggles. Balls, bean bags, clubs, knives were tossed by the two of them individually or in synchronization. They moved on to jointly juggling with the items going back and forth between them – a bit more impressive!

The action intensified with volunteers from the audience. Four youngsters stood between them, “avoiding” being hit as the brothers exchanged balls. Another volunteer stood quietly – but with a worried look – as they sent clubs back and forth.

Caleb then got Jonathon on his shoulders to juggle. The complexity of this steadily increased. More and more difficult juggles followed by Jonathon standing on Caleb’s shoulders. The conclusion had Caleb holding Jonathon at arms length while he juggled knives – don’t try this at home! Caleb later remarked that this act was getting more difficult as Jonathon is still growing.

The crown was awed, very impressed and appreciative.

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Evening Concert

The 10-hour Fair was capped off with a performance by the Nevada Opera Chorus and guest artists. Selections included opera, light opera, broadway, and contemporary. A number of the works featured P’Opera, NVO’s “road show” of chorus members that performs in restaurants and other venues.

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NVO’s Artown presentation for 2013 is the Opera Renaissance Fair

Logos3Nevada Opera invites you to Wingfield Park for a free all-day celebration of the revitalization of NVO with fresh new energy, creative direction and reinvigorated programs for the whole community. There will be music, food and fun for the whole family throughout the day.

StoneworkThe festivities begin at 11:00 am, Sunday July 14th and will have more than twenty booths featuring mouth-watering food, unique crafts and unusual games and entertainment. There will be several performances on the stage with music from early times through Opera, Broadway and jazz.

Throughout the day, the Nevada Opera Madrigal Ensemble, Il Nome, will be strolling and singing renaissance-era music.

On Stage



12:00     Soloists from the Nevada Youth Program

1:30     Renaissance Fair Duo

2:30     Broadway Favorites – P’Opera Broadway singers
with Kathy Kimmel and Monica Harte

4:00     Bev Colgan – from Renaissance to Rock

5:30     Jugglers

   7:00     NVO finale – P’Opera with special guests:

CeCe Gable
John Fay
Monica Harte 

and Young Artists

Julie Lenz
Alice Dickenson 

Tasty Food and Beverages


1. Dee’s Bakery – cupcakes

2. Waffle Wagon – Liege waffles with toppings

3. Reno Public House – Beer and signature cocktails

4. J and J’s Italian Ices

5. Fine Wine and Catering – wine and specialty cocktail

6. Electric Blue Elephant – Vegan delicacies

7. The Main Squeeze – Lemonade

8. Stan and Dans Hot Dogs

9. The Bread Basket

10. West Coast Hot Sauce

11. Greenhouse Cafe – gourmet salads/sandwiches

12. Amato Family Kitchen – Hand crafted jams and jellies

13. Dahlbergs Local Taste of Paradise – Hawaiian yummies

14. Reno’s Best Coffee Express


Crafts and Games

Flights of Fancy Mama Ems World of Magik
Glass Garden Art High Desert Fencing
Celtic Festival Sew it Seams
Kondor Brothers Turtle Mountain Designs
Rhonda LaFountaine Valentina’s Polymer Designs