Great success and progress in 2017!
Thanks to the support from the community, we successfully completed Phase 1 of construction, including key structural renovations and the new state-of-the-art expanded stage.
Take a moment to view our exciting 2017 year-end video, with highlights of our milestones and the excitement ahead for the restoration of this historic performing arts center!
As we enter the next phase of this renovation we need your continued support to keep funding on track for construction and to sustain our momentum! Click here to donate: http://bit.ly/2BYwvGy
Restoring History, Renovating for World-Class Performance
State-of-the-art renovations came to Rhode Island’s oldest theater in 2017, with the installation of the new expanded stage and many features that will please audience and performer, alike.
As we restore 150 years of history and renovate for a future of world-class performance, see the exciting transformation at the Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center by watching our latest video of construction progress – and join us as we Build to Opening Night!
This is an exciting time for the Newport Opera House! The tremendous progress we have made these past 12 months could not have been done without the community’s support. Thank you, we still need your help to complete this next important phase of construction – click here to donate.
Newport Opera House Theater Presents Cellist Sergey Antonov
The Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center kicked off the holiday season with a Soiree Series performance featuring world-renowned cellist Sergey Antonov, Gold Medal Winner of the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition. Sergey electrified us with an extraordinary performance of Bach’s Cello Suites. Dinner was then served followed by caroling from the choirs of Trinity Church and St. John’s Church of Newport, R.I. Enjoy this video of Sergey’s masterful performance!
Construction Progress Accelerates, Annex Rises!
It’s Happening! The pace is picking up as major construction progress continues, from the ground floor to the rooftop, as all the key elements of this historic world-class theater are installed, built and restored. The stage is up – and now the four-story annex rises! This state-of-the-art facility will support theater operations, including performer dressing rooms, the Green Room, and other first-class amenities.
See the construction progress for yourself by watching this video – and stay tuned for more videos as we Build to Opening Night!
Newport Opera House Theater Presents Soprano Diana McVey
It was stunningly beautiful performance Diana McVey at the latest Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center Soirée. Enjoy this wonderful video – we look forward to an encore!
The Stage Takes Shape!
Join us as we build to opening night and bring this historic theater into the future as a world-class performance venue with the stunning transformation of expanded stage. As the centerpiece of this historic theater, the state-of-the-art stage will accommodate all forms of performance, with features including an orchestra pit and under stage crossover tunnel.
Performers around the country are already excited about performing on the Opera House Theater stage! Watch the latest installment of Building to Opening Night and stay tuned for more videos!
The Story Behind the Main Stage
Our second installment of our “Building to Opening Night” series tells the story behind the main stage from those who know it best – our building team! Join us as we Build to Opening Night!
Building to Opening Night — Full Steam Ahead!
Participate firsthand in the exciting construction progress as we move forward full steam ahead with the restoration of the Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center. We invite you to join us as we launch the first installment of our video series, “Building to Opening Night!”
Stay tuned as new video updates are released on a monthly basis. Thank you for your support!
Newport Opera House Theater Presents Acclaimed Indie Singer-Songwriter Griffin Anthony
With Newport harbor and bridge as a backdrop, acclaimed indie singer-songwriter, Griffin Anthony, performed a special open air concert for the Opera House Theater atop Hayden Bates and Briana Lederman’s beautiful rooftop terrace.
Attendees enjoyed intimate conversation with the artist and a fascinating window into Griffin’s life journey as a songwriter. Thanks to Griffin Anthony for sharing his experiences and his talent – a rave performance!
Enjoy this original song by Griffin Anthony, which capped off the evening’s performance:
Newport Opera House Theater Presents Grammy Award-Winning 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.
Our thanks to the Constantines for this gracious event and for their longstanding support of the Opera House Theater. This exceptional evening continued the Soirée Series goal of showcasing the range of intimate, quality artistic performances our visitors will experience in the renovated Opera House Theater.
As a taste of the evening and a first-look exclusive for our newsletter subscribers, here is Grammy Award winner Michael Lewin opening his brilliant Opera House Theater performance with Tchaikovsky’s “Dumka.”
Enjoy a Look Back at Our World-Class “Theater Happening” Performers!
On May 5th, the Opera House Theater revived its legacy of creative performance with a dazzling range of artforms. What a night! Over 300 attendees and supporters enjoyed stunning performances in unique venues around historic Washington Square. Enjoy this short and exciting recap of our stunning performers!
And enjoy a glimpse back at the grand light show finale, which illuminated all of Washington Square, in what was a dazzling display and a truly unique evening unlike any other in the long and storied history of the square!
Opera House Theater Presents “A Theater Happening in Washington Square!”
On May 5th, 2017, the Opera House Theater celebrated its restoration and the history and future of Washington Square with its annual event for supporters, entitled “A Theater Happening in Washington Square!”
The event featured a moveable feast of music, dance, and theater, as the Opera House Theater revived its legacy of world-class performances and dazzled audiences in historic venues around Washington Square.
Over 300 attendees and supporters enjoyed an exciting glimpse of the amazing talent and range of artforms that will once again grace the Opera House Theater’s stage.
Construction Milestone: Installation of Steel Columns!
On November 21st, we launched an important phase of our restoration of the historic Opera House Theater! We celebrated the installation of four 35-foot long steel columns, each weighing over five tons. These beams were raised over 80 feet in the air and carefully inserted in the building through the roof. This work launches an important phase of the construction project, and will serve as a key milestone in the work on Newport’s historic Opera House Theater. Click on the video below to watch this exciting milestone in construction!
Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center Receives $14M Renovation
A $4.2 million state grant from a 2014 voter-backed “bond measure” will help pay for the mostly privately funded project.
Raimondo said the renovation will create a number of jobs in the state.
“It’s going to get people to work right away rebuilding this gorgeous opera house – but also for years to come it will provide jobs in our tourism industry,” she said. “[It will] be really something we can be proud of here in Newport but also around the state.”
According to Raimondo, it is vital to have a thriving arts and culture sector in the state.
Capitol TV Spotlight on the Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center
Thanks to the Capitol Press corps for highlighting the Opera House Theater!
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 to view our video — and just IMAGINE the wonderful possibilities of first-class performances and programming on our historic stage. And, please and share with others!
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Leaders and citizens all across Newport and beyond are standing up in supporting the restoration of the Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center. Add your name to receive updates and join our list of supporters – it keeps growing every day!