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November 12, 2017

Happy Spotlight Sunday everyone! Today, we are pleased to feature composer Shuying Li and the Four Corners Ensemble! Shuying is the composer of Who Married Star Husbands which will be performed at our New in November Festival next Saturday in downtown Hartford. This opera will be accompanied by members of the Four Corners Ensemble. We hope you enjoy learning about Shuying, the Four Corners Ensemble and their mission. 

To learn more about New in November and to purchase tickets, please visit our website at:


November 5, 2017

Happy Spotlight Sunday! We are only a few weeks away from our 8th annual New in November Festival. Today we are proud to introduce composer, Paul Richards.  Paul is the composer of The Loathly Lady which will be featured at NIN8 on 11/18.  We hope you enjoy learning more about Paul and what Opera Without Borders means to him. 

There is still time to purchase tickets for New in November! Please visit our website for more information about this exciting event. www.hartfordoperatheater.com/new-in-november-7

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June 1, 2017

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” - George Bernard Shaw

It is an inherit human need to want to be acknowledged, to be understood, to be heard. Everyone needs to have a voice. Our society listens to respond instead of listening to understand. We do not take the time to actively engage the people in our lives. We move so quickly that all meaning is lost. This is an issue at the heart of Aaron Copland's The Tender Land

On stage this weekend, you will see many different forms of communic...

May 31, 2017

I had the opportunity to sit down with conductor, Joseph A. Hodge this week and learn more about his feelings on The Tender Land and the experience so far. 

Rachel - I imagine you've conducted many pieces by Aaron Copland in your career! Can you remember the first piece you conducted by him?

Joseph - The first piece by Copland that I ever conducted was Appalachian Spring, the chamber orchestra arrangement for 13 instruments—interestingly enough, the same exact orchestration we’re using for The Tender Land.  I performed it on my final recital...

Happy Tuesday, opera fans! Our final cast feature is baritone, Jermaine Woodard Jr. Jermaine will be playing the role of Mr. Jenks in The Tender Land. If you do not have your tickets...what are you waiting for?!? Visit Today Tix online or their app and get them today! 

Jermaine Woodard Jr. is a graduate in Voice Performance from The University of Hartford’s Hartt School studying with Cherie Caluda and Eric Trudel. Jermaine has performed in several opera productions with Virginia Opera, Lyric Opera of Virginia, Hartford Opera Theatre, Op...

We are less than a week from opening night and things are moving and grooving over here! We loaded The Tender Land into the Aetna Theater at the Wadsworth Atheneum this week and are excited to bring this to an audience. If you do not have your tickets yet you can visit The Tender Land page on our website or take advantage of the special discounts being offered throughout the week at Today Tix! Today, our featured artist is actress, Nikita Mallach. Niki is playing the role of Beth this Friday & Sunday. 

Nikita Mallach is a Junior at Conard Hi...

It's Tuesday! Today, we are featuring soprano, Schauntice Marshall who will be playing the role of Mrs. Jenks in The Tender Land. If you don't have your tickets yet, head over to The Tender Land page and click buy tickets. We want to see you on June 2 & 4 at the Aetna Theater! Check back here later this week for more exciting announcements!

The Washington, D.C. soprano, Schauntice Marshall, has a golden gift to touch and warm your heart, and has a refreshing sense of wholeness for the spirit and soul. After graduating from Ellington School o...

It's Spotlight Sunday time! Today, we are featuring baritone, Michael McAvoy. He will be playing Top in The Tender Land -- June 2 & 4 at the Aetna Theatre at the Wadsworth Atheneum. To purchase tickets click here

Baritone Michael McAvoy is a Connecticut native and graduate of UCONN, where he earned his Vocal Performance degree studying under Dr. Constance Rock.  He won first place in Opera Theatre of Connecticut’s Amici Vocal Competition and later played Curio in their production of Julius Caesar in Egypt.