TULSA, OKLAHOMA (JANUARY 20, 2022) — Ken McConnell, General Director of Tulsa Opera, and Tobias Picker, Artistic Director of Tulsa Opera, announced today that the company’s new production of Mr. Picker’s opera Emmeline to be performed Friday, February 25 and Sunday, February 27 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center has been postponed. The opera will be rescheduled for the 2022-23 season.

“Like many arts organizations around the country, we have been monitoring the ever-changing public health situation relating to COVID-19 and have made the difficult decision to postpone this production,” said Mr. McConnell. “We believe this is our most responsible course of action in terms of the safety of our company, audiences, and artists.”

Ticketholders may:

  • Retain their tickets for the rescheduled performance. Information will be forthcoming.
  • Donate the ticket value to Tulsa Opera’s annual fund. Such donations are tax deductible and ensure the financial strength of Tulsa Opera. 
  • Request a refund.   

Questions about ticket exchanges and refunds can be directed by phone to the Ticket Office, 918-582-3133, Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 1:30pm.

The new production of Emmeline, directed by Tara Faircloth and conducted by Francesco Cilluffo, has been an especially anticipated production as it is the first opera by Mr. Picker to be staged by Tulsa Opera since the composer was appointed the company’s Artistic Director in 2016.

Tulsa Opera opened its 2021-22 season in October with “Puccini and Verdi Play Ball at ONEOK Field,” that featured a new production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi directed by James Blaszko and a selection of Puccini and Verdi arias performed outdoors at ONEOK Field, home of the Tulsa Drillers baseball team. Tulsa Opera’s season is scheduled to conclude with performances on Friday, April 29 and Sunday, May 1 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center of a new audience immersive production of Richard Strauss’ Salome directed by Tulsa-born Thaddeus Strassberger and featuring soprano Patricia Racette in the title role.

Tulsa Opera

Formed in 1948, Tulsa Opera is the first performing arts organization established in Oklahoma and the 12th oldest opera company in North America. The company excels at producing bold, brave, and fresh productions of opera classics, and accomplishes this by identifying excellent young singers, then pairing them with conductors and stage directors who can improve their artistic talents. In addition to presenting a main stage season, the company fosters young talent through its Tulsa Youth Opera and Young Artist programs and promotes music education through outstanding initiatives such as Raise Your Voice!, a partnership with Tulsa Public Schools that brings music back into classrooms where music programs have been discontinued. Tulsa Opera, throughout its history, has articulated the desire of local leaders to create and maintain a world-class city. Opera is in Tulsa’s DNA, and communication with opera patrons confirms that the Tulsa community has a robust—and now reinvigorated—commitment to the company’s success. More information at tulsaopera.com.