Memorial Day is in the rear view. Summer is here. Do you have a summer road trip yet? There’s no time like summer when it comes to road trips. The warm temperatures create great atmospheres for opera lovers all over the country. The only problem is that they are all over the country. And you’re here!
So we’ve put together a guide for you so that you can plan the ultimate cross-country summer road trip to the best opera’s all over America.
I’ll Say She Is, Connelly Theater, New York City
On the East Coast? From May 28 – July 2 the revived Marx brothers musical I’ll Say She Is will be showing. The Marx brothers are known for their 1935 hit A Night at the Opera and they are back for a limited time. Take a trip to New York City to see their 1924 hit when it returns to the stage at the Connelly Theater.
Glimmerglass Festival, Cooperstown (New York)
Looking to get out of the Big Apple? This four week festival is the perfect stop! You’ll see some well known names like Robert Ward’s The Crucible (Based on Arthur Miller’s play) and Steven Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd alongside Puccini’s La Bohème and Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie. Along with a great lineup of performances the Gilmmerglass Festival also has concerts, classes, and appearances by opera’s biggest players. Glimmerglass runs from July 8 – August 27, find tickets here.
Opera Theatre of St. Louis (Missouri)
We’ll head west to a festival you can travel too right now! The opera theatre of St. Louis’ annual opera festival has a diverse group of operas that range from classics to upcoming hits. This year Shalimar the Clown will premiere to excited critics and fans. Shalimar the Clown is based on the novel by the same name from Salman Rushdie. And the opera theatre of St. Louis is going on right now! You can drop in on the festival until June 26th, so go check now for tickets.
Cincinnati Opera (Ohio)
Here’s another stop in the Midwest for your road trip. And a great one too! The Cincinnati Opera is the oldest opera in America. The opera has been performed in the same building for the since 1878… until now. Cincinnati’s Music Hall is under construction this summer but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the opera. From June 16 – July 29 the Cincinnati Opera will be performing at the Aronoff Centter with the highlight of the summer being the June 17th world premiere of Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers.
Des Moines Metro Opera, Indianola (Iowa)
Continuing with the Midwest tour here’s a stop in Iowa. The Des Moines Metro Opera has been running for 44 seasons and isn’t slowing down this year. This year’s lineup includes Falstaff, Manon, and Eurydice. Plus, for an added twist this opera servers a buffet before the performances inspired by the show that night. Get tickets and stop by for a fun and intimate setting June 24 – July 17.
Santa Fe Opera (New Mexico)
We’ll leave the Midwest in the rearview and head to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here’s a festival that is complete with new works and seasoned performers. The 60th anniversary season will include Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Strauss’ Capriccio, and Gounoid’s Roméo et Juliette. There will be several top-notch actors as well as fantastic conductors this season like Emanuel Villaume and Harry Bicket. You can visit from July 1 – August 27 – look for tickets here.
San Francisco Opera (California)
On the West coast? Here’s a great excuse to head up to San Francisco. America’s second largest opera company’s season runs for all of June and will push the edge when it comes to performances. Carmen, Don Carlo and Jenůfa are a few of the shows that will play this year. On June 16th a gala will be held to honor David Gockley and his 45 years of opera his retirement as the director of the S.F. opera.
This list is just an early guide for you. Use it to find your favorite companies and festivals across the country. Then, share your favorite summer stops with us! From the oldest and biggest companies to those in their first season we want to hear about them! Hit the road and keep us updated on the best operas to travel to across America.