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Opera Mississippi presents “The Magic of Opera” on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. at the Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive, Jackson, MS). Enjoyable for the whole family, the show will feature superb professional singers from around the United States, the Opera Mississippi Orchestra, dancers from Ballet Mississippi, aerial silk artist Tjaden Cox, and acrobatic artist Daniella Jack from Cirque de la Symphonie.

“We are incredibly excited to offer this truly extraordinary and ‘magical’ event!” says Artistic Director, Jay Dean. “We are delighted to welcome such incredible talent to our stage!” Audiences will recognize many return singers from Opera Mississippi’s Diamond Anniversary Celebration hosted at the Yacht Club in June 2021: Patrick McNally, baritone; Tjaden Cox, soprano and aerialist; Maryann Kyle, soprano; Bridget Capell, mezzo-soprano; Stacey Trenteseaux, soprano; and Hosea Griffith, bass-baritone. Also joining the stellar cast for this performance are Tony Offerle, bass-baritone, and Eric Botto, tenor.

“The Magic of Opera” will feature some of the most powerful, emotional, and magical music ever written. Our vocal artists, dancers, and acrobats will light up the stage with many recognizable pieces by Mozart, Rossini, Dvorak, Puccini, Bizet, Leoncavallo, Johann Strauss, Gounod, and more. Former Artistic Director of Opera Mississippi, stage director, and operatic tenor Carroll Freeman is also collaborating on the event. Freeman comments, “The musical magic of opera in Mississippi has been graciously perpetuated by Opera Mississippi’s long and illustrious legacy. It is a joy for me to return to Opera Mississippi, which I led and loved two decades ago!”

Advanced tickets may be ordered online at $40 for standard admission, $10 for children 12 and under. Remaining tickets will be on sale at the door for $45 standard, $12 children. Other ticket specials include: the “4 for 2” special (2 complimentary tickets with purchase of 2 online tickets)–-visit and enter code “MAGIC” at checkout or call our opera office at 601-960-2300. Also, music students and university/college music faculty members who present their valid school ID at the door can get 2 tickets for the price of 1.

Don’t miss other upcoming Opera Mississippi performances including “Over the Rainbow: A Tribute to Judy Garland” on May 16th and “Lady Sings the Blues: A Tribute to Billie Holiday” on June 20th. Join us and experience the music, the magic, and the moment!

For more information on tickets to this and the entire Opera Mississippi season, visit or call 601.960.2300.

Enjoyable for the whole family! - Jay Dean, Artistic Director

BELHAVEN COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOL: While policies are subject to change before the event, currently masks are required to be worn indoors by both vaccinated and unvaccinated Belhaven guests and students. Belhaven University follows the mandates of the city, state, or national government and adjusts their safety policy as those requirements are updated. Proof of a full course COVID-19 vaccination, with their final dose at least fourteen days prior to the event or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the prior 72 hours may be required for entry. Belhaven has developed these protections in consultation with medical advisors and built on the recommendations of the CDC, Mayo Clinic, and other top-level medical experts. Please review Belhaven University’s current COVID-19 policy by visiting

ABOUT OPERA MISSISSIPPI Opera Mississippi was founded in 1945, is a founding member of Opera America, and the ninth-oldest continuously-operating opera company in the United States. Our mission is to entertain, educate, and enlighten Mississippi audiences through world-class opera, musical theatre, and popular music experiences; educational outreach; and emerging artist opportunities reflecting community connection and culture while preserving the art form of opera. We create meaningful and impactful musical experiences through season concerts, the John Alexander National Vocal Competition, and free community outreach events. Our projects are sponsored in part by the Mississippi Arts Commission, VisitMississippi, and the National Endowment for the Arts. We are proud to be an integral part of the remarkable artistic heritage that shapes our state, bringing world-class artists and national acclaim to Mississippi.


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