New Chapter for Opera Memphis

New Chapter for Opera Memphis

 

New season, new home!

Though our time at the Clark Opera Memphis Center has come to a close, a new chapter begins for Opera Memphis.

As you may have heard, our time at the Clark Opera Memphis Center at 6745 Wolf River Boulevard has come to a close as we begin a new chapter for our organization. Discussions around moving the Opera Memphis offices into one of the city's arts and culture neighborhoods began in 2016, in the wake of Ballet Memphis’ move to Overton Square. A committee was formed in 2019 to explore possible locations, and in early 2020, it decided to begin preparing for a move. While the pandemic delayed the process substantially, it did not derail it, and on June 24 we finalized the sale. In the meantime, we have moved to our temporary offices, and have narrowed the search for our new HQ down to three possibilities, all more centrally located in Memphis. 

 

This move will not affect the locations of our season performances, only the space where we rehearse them.  We look forward to many more years of collaborating with GPAC, Playhouse on the Square, The Orpheum, and all of the venues where we have performed historically.

 

We will also thrilled to confirm that next season will include our inaugural performance at the soon-to-open Scheidt Family Music Center at the University of Memphis, a theater designed with the input and support of Opera Memphis as a venue especially well-suited to operatic performance. We’re grateful that Rudi and Honey Scheidt shared the vision for a theater that could be a home for Opera Memphis, as well as their beloved students. While our hearts break that they won’t be there for that first show, we know that every performance there for years to come will be possible because of their love for this art form and for Memphis.

 

The 2022-23 season includes:

 
  • A collaboration with Memphis Symphony Orchestra for a special concert with legendary soprano Renee Fleming on Sept. 8 

  • Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca with Opera Memphis favorite Reginald Smith Jr. in his role debut as Scarpia

  • The Christmas Fiesta, a collaboration with Cazateatro and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, returning in December

  • 30 Days of Opera in its eleventh 11th year next April

  • The return of Zach Redler and Jerre Dye’s masterpiece The Falling and the Rising at the Scheidt Family Music Center to close the season

 

Tickets will be available soon, along with other performances to be announced!

 

We’re currently working with an architect to explore options for our future headquarters, one created to enable Opera Memphis to intersect with Memphians on a daily basis where they live, work and play. Stay tuned for more news in the coming months! 

 

The Clark Opera Memphis Center has been an amazing home for almost two decades. It helped us to grow from offering only 10 to 12 performance days a year to well over 50. But as our mission expanded and the city evolved, we recognized that for opera to thrive in Memphis, we need to be a part of the positive change and growth that has defined the past 10 years and is creating the next 10, from Crosstown Concourse and Overton Square to Northside Renaissance and TONE’s Orange Mound Tower. The move will not only help our artists and staff build a stronger connection with dedicated audience members like you, but will give us more opportunities to inspire those curious to explore the art. 

 

Thank you for your support of Opera Memphis as we continue to grow and serve your community. We look forward to sharing this new journey with you. If you have any questions or feedback about the move, feel free to reach out to me directly at ned@operamemphis.org.

 

Ned Canty
General Director and CEO, 
Opera Memphis