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Opera House Events

Opera House Events

Photo courtesy of Nebraska Tourism

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, and the facility closed its doors 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
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Past Events
Past Events
Opera House
Friday, July 31, 2015 to Saturday, August 1, 2015
King Arthur, of legend and song, strode across medieval England with courage and confidence…or did he? What if the troubles of his kingdom threatened to overwhelm him? Watch the...
Opera House
Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 7:00pm
This show takes a wry look at our crazy world through the bewildered eyes of beloved long gone cowboy philosopher, Will Rogers. Eighty years after his tragic plane crash, Rogers...
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Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 7:00pm
World-renowned opera soprano and Red Cloud native Sarah Arneson returns Saturday, October 3, for a 7:00 pm performance. Arneson, accompanied by her husband, pianist George Kern,...
Opera House
Saturday, November 21, 2015 -
7:30pm to 10:30pm
Known for their high-energy show, tight instrumentals, and Tim Zach’s strong vocals, Whiskey Bent is a five-man country rock band based in central Nebraska. Whiskey Bent writes...
Opera House
Saturday, December 12, 2015 -
7:30pm to 10:30pm
Popular band, The Innocence, will make their first appearance at the Red Cloud Opera House on Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this highly-anticipated show are $20...
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Friday, January 1, 2016 - 8:00am to Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 5:00pm
The Red Cloud Opera House is thrilled to bring you our 2016 season. Here are our three season pass options: The full package = 10 shows for $150 Theatre Lover = 5 shows for $65,...
Opera House
Saturday, January 30, 2016 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Billy McGuigan and his band are returning to the Red Cloud Opera House. The group that last brought us Yesterday & Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience at a sold out 2015...
Opera House
Friday, March 4, 2016 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
For decades, millions of Americans sipped their morning coffee and began their day reading three simple words, “Dear Ann Landers.” Eppie Lederer, better known as advice columnist...
Opera House
Saturday, April 16, 2016 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
When singer and songwriter Matt Whipkey performs an acoustic show at an intimate venue, he still plays like there’s a band behind him. Having earned an Omaha Arts and...
Opera House
Friday, May 20, 2016 -
7:00pm to 10:30pm
Many people consider opera to be an elitist art form catering to patrons wearing diamonds and furs, walking sticks and monocles. While all that can be great fun, UNL Opera is...

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