Tacoma Opera

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Dear Tacoma Opera Patrons,

The recent snowstorm that brought Tacoma and much of the Puget Sound area to a complete standstill has had a huge impact on several area performing arts organizations including Tacoma Opera. Because of the snowstorm, Tacoma Opera had to cancel two performances of The Rape of Lucretia, our winter production, causing our organization to scramble to figure out how to deal with the situation. The Rape of Lucretia is a particularly beautiful and moving production – and a huge labor of love on the part of the artists involved – so we strongly believe we need to somehow make up for the lost performances and give those patrons who were not able to experience it another chance.

So after much consideration, we are changing our current season by presenting one performance of The Rape of Lucretia on Sunday, April 7 at 2:00pm to help make up for the two canceled performances and are moving our regularly scheduled performances of The Elixir of Love from April to late October / early November 2019 as the opening production of the 2019-20 Season.

We sincerely regret having to make these drastic changes to our season, but under the circumstances, our options are limited. We hope you will be patient with the changes that are being made and understand that we are doing everything we can to make sure that everyone who has purchased tickets to Lucretia and Elixir will be taken care of.


Noel Koran
General Director
Tacoma Opera

PS – If you purchased tickets for a canceled performance and would like to exchange them free of charge for tickets to the April 7 performance, please contact our office at 253-627-7789 (M-F 10am to 4pm)

Spring 2019

The Rape Of Lucretia

by Benjamin Britten

The true story that changed the course of Ancient Roman History

(Sung in English with English supertitles)

Special Encore Performance
Sunday, April 7, 2pm
at the Theater on the Square
901 Broadway Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

Ticket Information

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Fun Quotes about Opera
“Opera happens because a large number of things amazingly fail to go wrong.” ~ Terry Pratchett (English Author)
“No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.” ~ W. H. Auden (Anglo-American Poet)
“The opera is to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral” ~ H.L. Mencken (American Journalist, Satirist and Critic)
“I’d hate this to get out but I really like opera” ~ Ford Frick (American Sportswriter)