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Opera House Events

Opera House Events

Built in 1885 and fully restored in 2003, the Red Cloud Opera House figured prominently in the life of Willa Cather. From performing on the Opera House stage to enjoying traveling productions that came by way of the railroad, Cather’s interest in the arts was spurred by the experiences she had here in her youth. She delivered her high school graduation address from the Opera House stage in 1890. The facility closed in 1920. In a 1929 letter to friend and journalist Harvey Newbranch, Cather wrote, “When I go about among little Nebraska towns, the thing I miss most is the opera house. No number of filling stations or moving picture theatres can console me for the loss of the opera house.” Today, a visit to the Opera House transports patrons back in time to the 1880s, when Willa Cather and her friends eagerly anticipated the arrival of traveling productions such as The Bohemian Girl and The Mikado. We are proud to utilize the facility to create rich educational and cultural opportunities for area residents and our visitors from across the nation.

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
Opera House
Monday, August 2, 2021 to Saturday, August 7, 2021
In this musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale brought to life by local students, Sleeping Beauty pricks her finger only to wake up five hundred years later in a rock ‘n...
Opera House
Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 7:00pm
Join us as Dr. Reynolds discusses his new book, "Sensing Willa Cather: The Writer and the Body in Transition."
Opera House
Friday, October 15, 2021 - 7:00pm
Playing songs from the 1940s to the 21st century, the band presents a variety of musical genres and styles including pop, classic rock, country, blues, and jazz.
Opera House
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 7:00pm
Prepare to get more than your share of kicks on this musical tour of Route 66! You’ll hear songs from Bach to Joplin, and learn how their music connects to this ramblin’ road.
Past Events
Past Events
Opera House
Saturday, June 5, 2021 - 7:30pm
This play, based on Willa Cather's writings, will premiere virtually as part of our 66th Annual Spring Conference fundraising event.
Opera House
Saturday, April 3, 2021 - 10:00am
Join us as Joan Wells, Women's World Champion Trick Roper, presents a unique performance of roping tricks just like those seen in the early Wild West shows and rodeos.
Opera House
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Please join us virtually for this highly-anticipated preview event. Buy your ticket early and pre-order the book here.
Opera House
Friday, March 19, 2021 - 6:00am to 8:00pm
Join us in person or virtually—from dawn until dusk—for a deep dive into the natural and literary realm of Cather Country.
Opera House
Friday, March 5, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Laugh, dance, and sing to music inspired by ancient Celts, English coal miners, Irish leprechauns, Scottish kilt-wearers, and Irish pub-goers.
Opera House
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 7:00pm
An enlightening book talk on "Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and the Place of Culture."
Opera House
Saturday, February 13, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Join us virtually to experience the Andean cultures of Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Chile through an acoustic journey and storytelling!
Opera House
Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 7:00pm
Every fall, thousands of students are introduced to Shakespeare through the work of Nebraska Shakespeare, a troupe of professional actors and educators whose mission is to bring...
Opera House
Friday, January 15, 2021 - 7:00pm
Join us on Zoom for our second installment of readings and fascinating conversation with Kate Gaskin, Lisa Fay Coutley, David Phillip Mullins, and Jim Reese!
Opera House
Thursday, December 24, 2020 - 9:00am to Friday, December 25, 2020 - 11:30pm
Bell-issimo, Lincoln's own handbell choir, presents a festive virtual holiday concert!

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