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At New Jersey Opera, we believe in providing the community with a series of state-of-the-art shows and world class performances that truly make an impact. Our Inaugural 2023-24 Season will be a wide range of German, Italian Bel Canto, and American opera with an outstanding group of performers that really bring each of our productions to life. 

New Jersey Opera Theater will be the cornerstone for ensuring the legacy of this great art form. Throughout our season, we hope to mentor local high school and college students by having them join our professional musicians in the orchestra, chorus, or understudy a lead role working along side industry professionals. We will make all performances accessible to students either through special ticketing promotions or outreach performances for schools. Whitney Houston sang it best, “I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” Let THEM lead the way. THEY are our future and New Jersey Opera Theater will plant the seeds. 

Our goal is to also bring world class performances to this community for you and your families. We are proud to announce our 2023-24 season. This December we will be performing Gian Carlo Menotti’s Christmas miracle opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors. In January and February we will preview our summer opera festival. In January we will perform Act 1 of Wagner’s Die Walküre staged with piano, and in February we will perform Act 1 of Bellini’s Norma in concert. We will have an Opera Gala in April, and the main Opera Festival will be our full production of Norma in June and Die Walküre in July. All performances will be at The Union County Performing Arts Center’s Historic Main Stage Theater.

It takes village to bring all of this into fruition, and it starts with you. Thank YOU for filling these seats. Thank YOU for being here to support New Jersey Opera Theater. We will graciously continue to need your stewardship and generosity. Donations are always welcomed and vital to support our world class talent and production team. If anyone would like to make a tax deductible donation or inquire about patronage, please email

Come see what we’re all about, and start your opera theater experience with us today!

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20023-24 SEASON


Night of Opera by Richard Wagner

September 30th, 2023 @ UCPAC 7:00

Our Inaugural performance will be a tour of Richard Wagner operas including arias from Die Walküre, Götterdämmerung, Tannhäuser, Parsifal, Die Meistersinger, Lohengrin, and Siegfried.


Amahl and the Night Visitors

December 15th 2023

Amahl and the Night Visitors is an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti with an original English libretto by the composer.

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Die Walküre Act 1

January 20th 2024

Die Walküre, WWV 86B, is the second of the four music dramas that constitute Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. It was performed, as a single opera, at the National Theatre Munich on 26 June 1870, and received its first performance as part of the Ring cycle at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on 14 August 1876.

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Norma Act 1

February 24th 2024

Norma is a tragedia lirica or opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini with libretto by Felice Romani after the play Norma, ou L'infanticide by Alexandre Soumet. It was first produced at La Scala in Milan on 26 December 1831.

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2023-24 SEASON

Menotti/ Wagner/ Bellini

Amahl and the Night Visitors - 12/15/23

Die Walküre Act 1 - 1/20/24 

Norma Act1 - 2/24/24 

Opera Gala - 4/5/24 

Norma - June 2024 

Die Walküre - July 2024

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"An opera begins long before the curain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house."

Maria Callas

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