Augusta Opera

This was the Augusta Opera website.

The Augusta Opera ceased operations in 2009 when it when it closed down early​ due to financial issues. In 2010 it struggled back trying to make up a $75,000 debt to keep the south's oldest opera company going.​ For a while instead of big productions at the Imperial Theatre, the Augusta Opera performed at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and other smaller venues.
Content is from the site's 2004-2008 archived pages with some images from 2011.

Augusta Opera
1301 Greene St
Augusta, Georgia


The Augusta Opera Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art and the Georgia Council for the Arts, through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia Council is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.



From the Artistic Director

Mark D. FlintKing Arthur and his magical Kingdom, Spains most infamous gypsy and her contrasting loversa tragic clown driven to jealousy and murder. Welcome to the Augusta Operas 2007 2008 season of operatic excellence.
For La Tragedie de Carmen and I Pagliacci, we journey this year musically and artistically from France to Italy to Broadway. Joining me in presenting these celebrated works for you are internationally acclaimed artists as well as many of our wealth of local talent.

Dont forget our twenty-third visit to St. Pauls which has become an Augusta tradition, featuring the Augusta Opera Chorus and Orchestra and the renowned Augusta Childrens Chorale. As is said about Camelot, there truly is a spot of happly-ever-aftering the Augusta Opera. Please join us now.

Operatically yours,

Mark D. Flint, Artistic Director


2007 – 2008 Opera Season

The rain may never fall till after sundown.
By eight the morning fog must disappear.
In short, there's simply not
A more congenial spot
For happ'ly-ever-aftering than here
In Camelot.

On December 3, 1960, these words were sung for the first time in New York premiere of Camelot. A winner of four Tony Awards, this lovely retelling of The Once and Future King by T. H. White was written by collaborators Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. For some it is a fairy tale with a bittersweet ending while others see the Arthurian legend as a part of history. A favorite of President John F. Kennedy, the work often defined his administration and ideals. For all you've loved and lost...don't miss Camelot.

Originally conceived by legendary movie director Peter Brook along with Marius Constant, La Tragedie de Carmen does for Bizet's famous opera, Carmen, what Baz Luhrmann did for La Boheme. Transformed into a 1983 Broadway sensation and winning a special Tony award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre, this dramatic 80 minute opera gets right to the central story of the world's most famous gypsy. It contains all of the original and popular arias and duets that you love. This will be an unforgettable evening!

Pagliacci is the 14th most-performed opera in North America according to Opera America. This very popular opera was first performed in 1893 and unfolds the tragedy of a jealous husband, his wife and her lover in a Commedia dell’ Arte troupe. A traditional tale about love and betrayal Pagliacci contains many beautiful and familiar melodies. The aria “Vesti La Giubba” which concludes Act One, became one of Enrico Caruso’s signature recordings when Pagliacci became the first opera ever recorded in 1907. Since that time, this poignant aria has been used in movies, television and recordings and the character Pagliacci is used to epitomize the sad clown. Ring down the curtain with Pagliacci.

An Aside: I confess it is not always with an eager heart I go to revivals of the show in fear of plodding pageantry and singsong vocalizing. What a treat then to find the superb cast of the Augusta Opera's Camelot dressed to the nines and ready to give full measure to the saga of King Arthur and the Round Table. This production was excellent in every way. "One number that I particularly loved was 'The Lusty Month of May' which showcased the excellent choreography and direction. As the lords and ladies of Camelot delivered this song, frolicking at a picnic in the English countryside, I really was delighted!
During one of the intermissions the audience was surprised by a gallent youg man who proposed to his sweetheart up on the stage. He announced his intentions as the audience was returning to their seats and then with a flourish whipped out anengagement ring with a huge sparkling stone that glittered quite magnificantly. The mansitting next to me commented that it was most likely not a diamond but a cubic zirconia. He seemed quite knowledgable since he himself had recently been looking at trendy cubic zirconia rings. He then rattled off all these facts regarding the key features of cubic zirconia which distinguish it from diamond.
1. Hardness: cubic zirconia has a rating of approximately 8 on Mohs hardness scale vs. a rating of 10 for diamond.
2.Specific gravity: the density of cubic zirconia is about 1.7 times that of diamond.
3. Refractive index: cubic zirconia has a refractive index of 2.15–2.18, compared to a diamond's 2.42.
4. Dispersion is very high at 0.058–0.066, exceeding a diamond's 0.044.
The dispersion rating is apparently what what makes cubic ziconia so sparkly. Anyway, the proposal added another memorable episode to the evening. I definitely suspended my disbelief and surrendered to the world of Camelot. I was delighted!”



Augusta Opera will hold a local audition on June 22, 2007. We are listening for comprimario roles and Educational Outreach performers and are very interested in hearing local singers for these positions. Singers are encouraged to prepare a song in an operatic, musical theatre, or art song style for Maestro Flint to hear. An accompanist is always provided but you are welcome to bring your own.

During other parts of the year, individuals seeking to join the choral ensemble, may call the Opera office at (706) 826-4710 and arrange for the Chorus Master, Les Reagan, to hear you.

Augusta Opera is an equal opportunity employer and we strive to achieve a level of diversity in our productions.


Education & Outreach

Augusta Opera 2006-2007 Educational Outreach Tour will present
Alice in Wonderland


Augusta Opera 2006-2007 Educational Outreach Tour will present Alice in Wonderland, an opera for children, loosely based on the well-known book by Lewis G. Carroll. Veteran Outreach Artist and Director, Kitty Reagan, has taken recognizable arias from favorite operas like Barber of Seville, Marriage of Figaro and Die Fledermaus and woven new words to fit her fun script. Where possible, actual sentences from the book have been used in the dialog A Study Guide is available.


Alice Amanda Eddy
White Rabbit, Caterpillar, & Tweedle Dee, April Wilson
Mad Hatter, of Tweedle Dum & Red Queen Lindsay Davis
Cheshire Cat & Accompanist Les Reagan


Photos from the performance at North Augusta Elementary in North Augusta, SC.


Set Design by Mickey Lay, Harlem High School student


Tickets & Seating

Season Subscriptoin Pricing and Benefits

Season Subscriber Ticket Prices The Imperial Theatre
Imperial Theatre Seating Full Price You Pay
Golden Horseshoe Orchestra & Mezzanine / Box Left/Right $135 $122
Orchestra & Mezzanine $120 $108
First Balcony $84 $75
Second Balcony $66 $40




    Season subscription prices are less expensive than buying individual tickets
    Only subscribers can exchange tickets for another performance day, up to 24 hours prior to curtain time
    Avoid long lines at the box office, busy signals and "sold out" performances
    Subscribers have the first opportunity to purchase additional single seats for all performances.
    Augusta Opera subscribers will receive a special packet with discounts at some of the best restaurants in Augusta.

2006 Events

Man of La Mancha

BUY TICKETS for Man of La Mancha - Friday, October 06, 2006 8:00 PM

BUY TICKETS for Man of La Mancha - Saturday, October 07, 2006 8:00 PM

Winner of 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Composer and Lyrics, Man of La Mancha played for 2,328 performances on Broadway in its first run. In 2002 it was revived on Broadway and played again for 304 performances. This delightful musical tells the story originally penned by Miguel Cervantes of an aging gentleman who dreams of being a knight-errant. In this play-within-a-play, Cervantes himself is transformed into Don Quixote, the fighter of all foes, righter of all wrongs and dreamer of The Impossible Dream.

Marc Embree and Sheila Smith return to the Augusta Opera stage portraying Quixote and Aldonza. Dean Anthony directs and performs as the comic lead, Sancho.


Augusta Opera at St. Paul's: The 23rd Edward Bradberry Holiday Concert

BUY TICKETS for The 23rd Edward Bradberry Holiday Concert - Sunday, December 03, 2006 3:30 PM

BUY TICKETS for Holiday Tea - Sunday, December 03, 2006 5:00 PM

BUY TICKETS for The 23rd Edward Bradberry Holiday Concert - Sunday, December 03, 2006 6:00 PM

The Tradition Continues...

Each year Maestro Mark D. Flint surpasses himself in the selection of music and performers. Join the Augusta Opera Chorus, the Augusta Children’s Chorale, Maestro Mark D. Flint and a bevy of international opera stars for a concert of holiday favorites. Two performances will be given with a Holiday Tea between.


Hansel and Gretel

BUY TICKETS for Hansel and Gretel - Friday, March 02, 2007 8:00 PM

BUY TICKETS for Hansel and Gretel - Saturday, March 03, 2007 8:00 PM

“Hansel and Gretel is not just a children’s opera,” the New York Times wrote. “It is also an artwork very much for adults.” Or as another critic said, “It is no more a children’s opera than Alice in Wonderland is a child’s book.” With gorgeous music, enchanting sets and costumes and the Augusta Children’s Chorale, Hansel will be an evening of wonder and delight for children of all ages...


La Bohéme

BUY TICKETS for La Bohéme - Friday, May 11, 2007 8:00 PM

BUY TICKETS for La Bohéme - Saturday, May 12, 2007 8:00 PM

Puccini’s beloved opera, La Bohéme, is the original Rent. Hear the young poet, Rodolfo, woo the beautiful but frail seamstress Mimi, and together they experience love, passion and finally tragedy in the streets of 19th century Paris. The young bohemians' bittersweet story and Puccini's gorgeous music have worked their way into the hearts and minds of millions throughout the world. La Bohéme is the perfect first or one hundred-and-first opera for anyone who has loved or been loved. The Augusta Children's Chorale will also be featured.


2004 Events


The Ballad of Baby Doe
BUY TICKETS for The Ballad of Baby Doe - Friday, September 17, 2004 8:00:00 PM
BUY TICKETS for The Ballad of Baby Doe - Saturday, September 18, 2004 8:00:00 PM
Torn from the pages of American history, Douglas Moore's THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE spins the legend of Silver King Horace Tabor and his two wives, Augusta and Elizabeth 'Baby' Doe.


Set in Colorado during the nineteenth century mining phenomenon, BABY DOE recounts Tabor's rise to incredible wealth and his ultimate demise when the gold standard swept the country. His beautiful second wife Baby, once the wealthiest woman in the world, freezes to death penniless keeping vigil over Tabor's once profitable Matchless Mine.

Augusta Opera's production of this legendary American Opera provides the Southeastern premiere of the work and stars Marc Embree as Horace Tabor, Tonna Miller as Baby Doe, and Kathryn Cowdrick as the long-suffering Augusta. Nashville's John Hoomes returns to direct.
Ticket prices range from $15 to $45. 15% discount available on Friday night for students and seniors.
This opera will be presented at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad Street, Augusta, GA.

Augusta Opera at St. Paul's: The Edward Bradberry Holiday Concert
BUY TICKETS for Augusta Opera at St. Paul's: The Edward Bradberry Holiday Concert - Sunday, December 05, 2004 3:30:00 PM
BUY TICKETS for Augusta Opera at St. Paul's: The Edward Bradberry Holiday Concert - Sunday, December 05, 2004 6:00:00 PM
Welcome the Holiday Season on the 5th of December with the 21st annual AUGUSTA OPERA AT ST. PAUL'S: THE EDWARD BRADBERRY HOLIDAY CONCERT. This very popular event combines the forces of the Augusta Opera Chorus and Orchestra as well as the Augusta Children's Chorale. Acclaimed Metropolitan Opera Mezzo-Soprano Maria Zifchak returns for this enlightening program conducted by Maestro Mark D. Flint and prepared by Chorus Master Linda Leslie Bradberry.
All tickets are $25.00 plus $10.00 for High Tea.
This concert will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal church located at 605 Reynolds Street, Augusta GA.

From Aiken: Take the Broad Street exit off of US Hwy 1. Turn right onto 6th Street. St. Paul's is on the corner of 6th and Reynolds.

From Riverwatch Parkway: Turn left onto 13th street and right onto Reynolds. St. Paul's is on the corner of 6th and Reynolds.

Holiday Tea
BUY TICKETS for Holiday Tea - Sunday, December 05, 2004 5:00:00 PM
We invite you to join the Augusta Opera Chorus, Orchestra and special guest artists for our delightful Holiday Tea nestled between the two Holiday Concerts. Our Holiday Tea is a lovely intermingling of the Traditional High and Low Teas with everything from Poached Salmon to delicate English Scones. Enjoy your delectable delights with Coffee, Tea, or Holiday Punch.
All tickets for the Holiday Tea are $10.00.
The Holiday Tea will be held in the Fellowship Hall of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

The Elixir of Love
BUY TICKETS for The Elixir of Love - Friday, February 18, 2005 8:00:00 PM
BUY TICKETS for The Elixir of Love - Saturday, February 19, 2005 8:00:00 PM
Crafted from the pen of the Italian master Gaetano Donizetti, the legend of THE ELIXIR OF LOVE has delighted audiences for decades with its humor and humanity. Dr. Dulcamara is an amusing quack who roams the Italian countryside peddling magic elixirs which in reality are poorly produced bottles of red wine.

Nemorino is in love with the wealthy Adina who will not give him the time of day until Dulcamara's Elixir turns the poor peasant into a romantic hero. Augusta Opera is performing this comic tale appropriately just after Valentine's Day, and the lovely soprano Malinda Haslett debuts as Adina with Eric van Hoven returning as the lovesick Nemorino. The memorable score features one of the most beloved melodies in all opera, "Una furtiva lagrima.'
Ticket prices range from $15 to $45. 15% discount available on Friday night for students and seniors.
This opera will be presented at The Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad Street, Augusta, GA.

Madama Butterfly
BUY TICKETS for Madama Butterfly - Friday, May 13, 2005 8:00:00 PM
BUY TICKETS for Madama Butterfly - Saturday, May 14, 2005 8:00:00 PM
When Giacomo Puccini first witnessed David Belasco's celebrated play about a geisha who weds outside of her religion and family, he understood not one word of the text but knew immediately it was suitable operatic material. Thankfully for all of us he did, as rarely does there exist such a beloved and tragic heroine as Puccini's Cio-Cio-San.

MADAMA BUTTERFLY is Puccini at his best, immortalizing the legend of his geisha in a score rich with color and pathos. Augusta Opera closes its 'Season of Legends' with this favorite work, starring Japanese soprano Itsuko Shibata in the title role for which she is internationally acclaimed.

Hawaii Opera Theatre's General and Artistic Director, Henry Akina, makes his debut with this production.
Ticket prices rage from $15 to $45. 15% discount available on Friday night for students and seniors.
This opera will be presented at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad Street, Augusta, GA.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles