Midtown Opera Festival 2019 | Opera Memphis

Midtown Opera Festival 2019

Midtown Opera Festival 2019

April 6-14, 2019 at Playhouse on the square
Featured Opera  I  FESTIVAL FRINGE Events  |  Tickets  I  Parking 

Opera Memphis’ seventh annual MIDTOWN OPERA FESTIVAL is coming to Playhouse on the Square April 6-14, 2019. The Festival is anchored by the premiere performances of The Falling and the Rising, a new American opera composed by Zach Redler and written by Jerre Dye. This opera will be preceded by an Opera Prelude Talk, providing insight into the story, characters, and music we'll experience. After the opera, the audience is invited to join us for an exclusive Q&A with the creators of The Falling and the Rising, a drink in the Festival Lounge, or head to one of the many Festival Fringe Events.

Surrounding the operas, we've curated a world of additional events - Festival Fringe Events - that are designed to deepen your experience, highlight something new, or expand the definition of what an opera festival can be. This year, the Fringe Event calendar features performances by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra; Military Cabarets by the Military Chorus featured in The Falling and the Rising; Mozart's The Magic Flute - our featured community partner event at the University of Memphis; Opera Takes Flight, in which aerialists perform to opera's greatest hits; the ever-popular family event Cartoons & Cereal, featuring new and classic cartoons that introduced generations to the sound of opera; and many more exciting events!

Full Festival Schedule 


Featured Opera

Each opera is preceded by an Opera Prelude Talk 45 minutes before the performance in the Festival Lounge, providing insight into the story, characters, and music. After the opera, the audience is invited to the Festival Lounge for a drink or to catch one of the many Festival Fringe Events.
The falling and the rising
Saturday, April 6, 2019 at  7:30 pm | Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm | Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm

This new American opera chronicles the imagined journey of a soldier suspended inside a coma after a roadside attack on her convoy. We follow her as she makes her way through a dreamscape punctuated by powerful encounters with other fellow service members. Together they must find clarity, consciousness, and communal hope. Created from compiled interviews with returning soldiers at Walter Reed National Medical Center, Arlington Cemetery, and Fort Meade, The Falling and the Rising is an inspirational story of service, sacrifice, and connection inside uncertainty. Composed by Zach Redler, written by Jerre Dye, and conceived by Sgt. Ben Hilgert.

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Festival Fringe Events

Midtown Opera Festival creates a space for arts experiences of all kinds! In addition to the featured opera, make sure you check out these great add-on and partner events! Click to learn more!



Midtown Opera Festival tickets are available on a per event basis. 

What do individual tickets cost?

Tickets for Opera Memphis performances start at $10, and prices increase based on seating level. Of course, those $10 tickets move quickly, so don't wait to buy! As always, students with a valid student ID may purchase $10 tickets at the door on the evening of the performance.

What is included in my All-Access Subscription?
Your 2018-19 season All-Access Subscription gets you tickets to one performance of The Falling and the Rising; ticketed fringe events including Opera Takes Flight, B&G Improv, and Cartoons & Cereal; PLUS Mozart's The Magic Flute at the University of Memphis. It does not include the Opera Prelude Dinners, Memphis Symphony Orchestra's Beethoven and the Beatles, the Opera Goes to Broadway Brunch, or the Redbirds Game.
Tickets to these events may be purchased at the links here: Dinners  |  Beethoven and the Beatles | Opera Goes to Broadway | Redbirds Game

Where can I get tickets?
Click here or call our box office at 901.257.3100

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Location & Parking 

Midtown Opera Festival 2019 will take place at Playhouse on the Square.

NOTE: Saturday, April 13th is the Overton Square Crawfish Festival from 12 - 6 PM. Parking will be very sparse and Madison will be blocked off. Give yourself extra time to get to your events, and consider taking an Uber or be prepared to walk a good distance.

Onsite Parking
There is a small parking lot adjacent to Playhouse on the Square on the east side. It fills up very early on performance evenings. 
Valet Parking will be available in the east side parking lot of Playhouse for performances of The Falling and the Rising at no additional cost to Opera Memphis patrons.

Overton Square Parking
The Overton Square parking garage is open! There is a $3 flat fee after 6pm (includes vehicles in the garage that were parked there before 6pm). Enter from Monroe Ave.
- Street parking along Madison Avenue.
- Outdoor lots - located on Madison Avenue next to Bayou Bar & Grill, and adjacent to the Parking Garage on Trmible at Cooper Street.
*Please do not park in restaurant parking lots. There will be signs if they do not want you parking there.