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A Star is Reborn


November 15, 2017

(Newport Life Magazine, By Karen Carlo Ruhren)  Newport’s Beloved Opera House is Returning to Its Original Splendor Imagine major music headliners, dance companies, classical jazz, folk groups, opera, live drama and comedians on stage—all a stone’s throw away. For Newporters, it’s not just a dream anymore. As 2017 comes to an end, Newport’s beloved Opera … Continue reading A Star is Reborn

Newport Opera House Theater in NYC


October 27, 2017

The Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center gathered for a special evening at the Harvard Club of New York City last week. The Frick Collection‘s Head of Education, Rika Burnham, led a stimulating discussion about the future of the arts and community and the vital role the Opera House Theater will play in Newport’s … Continue reading Newport Opera House Theater in NYC

Bravo, Broadway Street Fair!


October 12, 2017

View photos from Broadway Street Fair below (Newport This Week, By the Board and Staff of the Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center) Bravo, Broadway Street Fair The Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center is proud to have been a sponsor and participant of the 2nd annual Broadway Street Fair. Our … Continue reading Bravo, Broadway Street Fair!

Portsmouth Residents Have Their Hand in Newport Opera House Theater Project


October 9, 2017

(Portsmouth Times, By Jim McGaw) PORTSMOUTH — The Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center may be located in the City by the Sea, but the major renovation project to bring the historic building back to its original splendor bears the fingerprints of many Portsmouth residents. One of them is Bob Murgo, the construction superintendent for the … Continue reading Portsmouth Residents Have Their Hand in Newport Opera House Theater Project

Setting the Stage: Newport Opera House Theater Team Gathers Input for Planning Programming


October 4, 2017

(Newport Mercury, By Janine Weisman) The wish list is long and diverse: Sting and Broadway star Bernadette Peters, cellist Yo Yo Ma and Madonna, comedian Paula Poundstone and Barenaked Ladies. Then there’s Gladys Knight and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Miami City Ballet and writer David Sedaris, Jerry Seinfeld and Pink Martini. Even live streaming of … Continue reading Setting the Stage: Newport Opera House Theater Team Gathers Input for Planning Programming

“Backstage” — September 27th, 2017


September 27, 2017

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Five Questions With Brenda Nienhouse


September 15, 2017

(Providence Business News, By Emily Gowdey-Backus) With more than 30 years of leadership experience in the arts, Brenda S. Nienhouse, executive director of the Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center, came to Newport from Spokane, Wash., to advance Newport’s historic Opera House Theater restoration project. In Spokane, she led the national award-winning restoration … Continue reading Five Questions With Brenda Nienhouse

Newport Opera House Theater Milestone: Expanded Stage Is Built


September 12, 2017

(Newport Patch, By Newsdesk) The whole story is told in the latest video From Newport Opera House & Theater: A major construction milestone was achieved at the Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center with the construction of the expanded stage. Combining the historic architecture of the theater with state-of-the-art technology and features, the stage … Continue reading Newport Opera House Theater Milestone: Expanded Stage Is Built

Stage takes shape at the Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center


September 7, 2017

(WhatsUpNewp, By Ryan Belmore) A major construction milestone was achieved at the Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center with the construction of the expanded stage. Combining the historic architecture of the theater with state-of-the-art technology and features, the stage will accommodate all art forms and heralds a new era for live performance in … Continue reading Stage takes shape at the Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center

WADK Interviews Newport Opera House Theater Executive Director Brenda Nienhouse


September 6, 2017

(WADK – Open Forum, By Frank Prosnitz) Sparks fly as a welder works on the stage; construction workers dig where an elevator will take patrons to a second-floor lobby. As layers of the facade are removed, treasures are found in what was and will be the Newport Opera House Theater, a vibrant performing arts venue. … Continue reading WADK Interviews Newport Opera House Theater Executive Director Brenda Nienhouse

Jamestowners Playing Pivotal Role in Newport Opera House Theater’s Revival


August 24, 2017

(The Jamestown Press, By Ryan Gibbs) The South’s surrender at Appomattox Court House still was lingering when Rhode Islanders began laying the groundwork for the Newport Opera House Theater. The plush venue, which was the brainchild of railroad tycoon P.C. Shanahan, was built to attract America’s brightest stage performers. For six decades, the Tuoro Street … Continue reading Jamestowners Playing Pivotal Role in Newport Opera House Theater’s Revival

Newport Polo Charity Ball raises more than $32,000 for Opera House Theater


August 10, 2017

(WhatsUpNewp, By Ryan Belmore) Newport Polo and Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center have announced that Newport Polo’s Gala la Bamba on August 4th raised over $32,000 for the Theater, a new record in fundraising from the Newport Polo Club’s annual black tie charity gala. Gala la Bamba received over 400 guests in glamorous culturally-inspired black … Continue reading Newport Polo Charity Ball raises more than $32,000 for Opera House Theater

Newport Opera House Theater Receives $32,430 from the Newport Polo Ball


August 9, 2017

(Newport Buzz, By Christian Winthrop) On Friday, August 4, Newport International Polo held its 17th International Polo Charity Ball, Gala la Bamba, at Rosecliff in Newport, R.I. As this year’s Gala Beneficiary, the Opera House Theater experienced record support with the total raised by live and silent auctions generating a combined $32,430 to benefit the renovation of the … Continue reading Newport Opera House Theater Receives $32,430 from the Newport Polo Ball

Opera House Theater Receives $32,430 as Gala Beneficiary of Annual Newport Polo Ball


August 8, 2017

Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center Receives $32,430 as Gala Beneficiary of the Annual Newport Polo Ball Funds Contribute to the Opera House Theater’s Renovation, Community Support Drives Evening’s Success  NEWPORT, R.I. – On Friday, August 4, Newport International Polo held its 17th International Polo Charity Ball, Gala la Bamba, at Rosecliff in Newport, R.I. As … Continue reading Opera House Theater Receives $32,430 as Gala Beneficiary of Annual Newport Polo Ball

Newport Opera House Theater Launches Video Series


August 5, 2017

(Patch, By Margo Sullivan) NEWPORT, RI—Opening night is expected to come next summer. Meantime, the Newport Opera House is capturing on video all the construction work underway with a new series, “Building to Opening Night.” The first installment was released this week. Read the original article here.

Renovation Ovation: Opera House Restoration Kicks Into High Gear


August 4, 2017

In its glory days, the Newport Opera House bustled with crowds coming to see the theatrical productions, minstrel shows, burlesque performances, civic and community events at the iconic Touro Street theater. More recently, the space was used as a triplex movie theater. But next year, the Opera House will return to its former glory as … Continue reading Renovation Ovation: Opera House Restoration Kicks Into High Gear

Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center Launches New Video Series Detailing Construction Progress & Milestones



Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center Launches New Video Series Detailing Construction Progress and Milestones Full steam ahead with construction as Opera House Theater Builds to Opening Night in Summer of 2018  NEWPORT, R.I. – It’s Happening! The Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center is moving full steam ahead with construction and is … Continue reading Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center Launches New Video Series Detailing Construction Progress & Milestones

“Backstage” — August 3rd, 2017


August 3, 2017

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Newport Opera House Theater Hosts Special Public Performance for Children and Families on August 6th


August 1, 2017

(What’s Up Newport, By Ryan Belmore) The Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center continues the expansion of its youth and educational mission with a very special Kid’s “Swah-Ray” performance for children and families on Sunday, August 6th from 4pm to 6pm at St. Michael’s Country Day School Lawn, featuring Tim Johnson, Storyteller and Puppeteer. This special event features the talented Mr. Johnson performing … Continue reading Newport Opera House Theater Hosts Special Public Performance for Children and Families on August 6th

Opera House Theater Takes Shape


July 17, 2017

NEWPORT — Construction crews transforming the historic Opera House into the Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center at Washington Square have reached a point where people can visualize what the completed theater will look like at the end of June 2018. That’s the target completion date. “It’s finally taking shape,” said Chuck Berlinghof, … Continue reading Opera House Theater Takes Shape

“Backstage” — July 5th, 2017


July 5, 2017

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Opera House Theater Soirée Performance Features Grammy Award Winning Pianist


June 23, 2017

Elegant evening features world-class pianist Michael Lewin The Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center was delighted to continue our Soirée Series with a concert hosted by Andrew and Pamela Constantine featuring Michael Lewin, internationally acclaimed pianist and Grammy Award winner, who performed a beautifully intimate concert for friends of the Opera House Theater on Friday night, June 23rd. … Continue reading Opera House Theater Soirée Performance Features Grammy Award Winning Pianist

Third Thursday “SPOTLIGHT” on Our Volunteers


June 15, 2017

A big encore Thank You for their hard work and success! Thanks to all our volunteers who joined us on June 15th for our “Third Thursday Theater SPOTLIGHT” on our volunteers. Refreshments and updates by Opera House Theater’s Executive Director, Brenda Nienhouse, and Owner’s Representative, ChuckBerlinghof, were followed by a daunting Opera House Theater history trivia quiz. After prizes—including primo vino—volunteers enjoyed … Continue reading Third Thursday “SPOTLIGHT” on Our Volunteers

“Backstage” — June 8th, 2017


June 8, 2017

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History Illuminated


May 10, 2017

(Newport This Week) The Newport Opera House & Performing Arts Center celebrated the history and future of Washington Square on Friday, May 5 with an event for supporters, entitled “A Theater Happening in Washington Square!” The happening drew more than 350 attendees who enjoyed a moveable feast of music, dance and theater in the historic … Continue reading History Illuminated

“Backstage” — March 13th, 2017


March 13, 2017

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“Backstage” — January 18th, 2017


January 18, 2017

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Philanthropist donates $500,000 toward creating garden terrace at Opera House


November 24, 2016

(Newport Daily News, By Sean Flynn) Ronald Lee Fleming, a well-known philanthropist in the city, has donated $500,000 toward creating a garden terrace on a planned fourth floor of the Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center now under construction at Washington Square. “It will be the culmination of a series of smaller projects … Continue reading Philanthropist donates $500,000 toward creating garden terrace at Opera House

Opera House Goes “Beyond the Velvet Rope” with Broadway Stars


November 23, 2016

At an elegant reception at Newport’s Clarke Cooke House Skybar, supporters of the reconstruction of the Newport Opera House on Washington Square gathered in honor of Ronald Lee Fleming, who donated a half million dollars to the effort for a spectacular rooftop garden. New York City Ballet and Broadway star Robbie Fairchild and  ballerina Tiler … Continue reading Opera House Goes “Beyond the Velvet Rope” with Broadway Stars

Beaming at the Opera House Theater


November 22, 2016

(Newport This Week, By Barry Bridges) A blustery morning was not enough to halt the momentum of construction at the Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center, where a small group gathered on Monday morning, Nov. 21, to watch four 5-ton, 40-foot-long beams being hoisted into place through the roof. “This is a big … Continue reading Beaming at the Opera House Theater

Opera House takes big step forward


November 21, 2016

(Newport Daily News, By Sean Flynn) Four steel columns, each more than 35 feet long and weighing 5 tons, were inserted Monday into the Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center now under construction at Washington Square. An 80-foot-high crane inserted the steel columns vertically onto new piers where they were secured with thick anchor … Continue reading Opera House takes big step forward

Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center to honor Ronald Lee Fleming


November 10, 2016

(News Release) Three nationally renowned performing artists will join in support of theater restoration project and tribute to Newport leader and patron of arts NEWPORT, RI:  On Friday, November 18th, the Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center will honor Ronald Lee Fleming for his contributions to the historic and cultural landscape of Newport … Continue reading Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center to honor Ronald Lee Fleming

“Backstage” — October 31st, 2016


October 31, 2016

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“Backstage” — September 1st, 2016


September 1, 2016

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“Backstage” — August 9th, 2016


August 9, 2016

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“Backstage” — July 21st, 2016


July 21, 2016

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“Backstage” — June 23rd, 2016


June 23, 2016

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Private Performance for Opera House Brings “Oklahoma” to Newport


June 16, 2016

In a performance of excerpts from the famed Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, principals  Rebecca Gibel and Jude Sandy from Trinity Repertory Company previewed its production for supporters of The Opera House, Newport. Hostess Ellen Barnes graciously donated her home on Bellevue Avenue, which became a western landscape for the evening cocktails. With the performers speaking … Continue reading Private Performance for Opera House Brings “Oklahoma” to Newport

“Backstage” — May 18th, 2016


May 18, 2016

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View the Opera House Video: “Imagine”


May 10, 2016

Imagine the Possibilities at the Newport Opera House Theater The Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center is proud to release our new video on the restoration project, “Imagine” — an exciting video presentation that showcases the programming possibilities and variety of performance genres that will enliven our stage once the theater is restored. Please take a moment … Continue reading View the Opera House Video: “Imagine”

“Backstage” — May 3rd, 2016


May 3, 2016

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“Backstage” — April 1st, 2016


April 1, 2016

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OUR VIEW — Performing arts center project appears to be in final stretch


March 3, 2016

(Opinion Editorial by The Newport Daily News) The Opera House in Newport’s Washington Square showed its last movies in August 2010. At that time, a nonprofit group already had been working for the better part of a decade to restore the building and transform it into a performing arts center. That long-held dream came a … Continue reading OUR VIEW — Performing arts center project appears to be in final stretch

Opera House Theater Groundbreaking


March 2, 2016

(Newport This Week) There were no paparazzi, but the local media was out in force. There was no red carpet, just the remnants of industrial carpeting still covering the floor of the stripped-down lobby. There were no celebrities per se, but Statehouse royalty was lined up like the Rockettes at Radio City: a governor (Raimondo), … Continue reading Opera House Theater Groundbreaking

Raising the curtain — Opera House renovation project is officially launched


February 29, 2016

(The Newport Daily News, By Joe Baker) Five years after the city’s historic Opera House closed its doors, a cast of luminaries treaded its boards Monday to formally begin restoring the theater to its former luster. With the temperature outside warmer than that inside the entertainment center on Washington Square, more than 100 people turned … Continue reading Raising the curtain — Opera House renovation project is officially launched

Newport Opera House to Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony on Monday


February 28, 2016

The Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center (Opera House) will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, February 29th at 9:45 a.m. inside the auditorium of the Opera House. Brenda Nienhouse, newly appointed Executive Director of the Opera House, and Alison Vareika, Chair of the Board of the Opera House, are expected to welcome guests, the public … Continue reading Newport Opera House to Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony on Monday

The Shows Will Go On


February 2, 2016

(The Mercury, By Bre Power Eaton) Inteview with Brenda Nienhouse | Opera House executive director It was the cultural heart of Washington Square when it opened in 1867. Now a $14.6 million project is restoring the Opera House back to its glory days. Rhode Island voters approved a bond referendum in 2014 that earmarked $4.2 … Continue reading The Shows Will Go On

Art Appreciation


October 30, 2015

(Newport Daily News, By Joe Baker) The arts are a vibrant part of the state’s economy, accounting for 4.3 percent of all Rhode Island businesses. But in Newport County, the slice of the economic pie is even bigger: About 357 companies, or 5.8 percent of all Newport County businesses, are arts-related, employing 1,200 people. This … Continue reading Art Appreciation

50 Years of the Arts


October 16, 2015

(Newport Daily News, By Sean Flynn) More than 150 state and community leaders and members of the local arts community celebrated the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts with a welcoming ceremony Friday afternoon for Jane Chu, NEA’s chairwoman, at the Newport Art Museum. Chu told the audience it was fitting to … Continue reading 50 Years of the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu to Visit Providence and Newport, Rhode Island, October 16, 2015


October 14, 2015

(National Endowment for the Arts News) Washington, DC—Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, will visit Providence and Newport, Rhode Island, on Friday, October 16, 2015. Chairman Chu will be in town to deliver a keynote address at the Alliance of Artist Communities conference. As part of her second trip to Rhode … Continue reading National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu to Visit Providence and Newport, Rhode Island, October 16, 2015

Opera House Theater Director Named


June 25, 2015

(Newport This Week, By Tom Walsh) The Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center board of trustees announced Wednesday, June 24, that Brenda Nienhouse of Spokane, Wash., has been selected as their new executive director. Nienhouse, with more than 30 years of leadership experience in the arts, comes to Newport after nine years in a … Continue reading Opera House Theater Director Named