Mississippi Opera Has A New Name

By David Salazar

As part of its 75th anniversary, MS Opera has rebranded as Opera Mississippi.

The organization is one of the oldest performing arts institutions in the state of Mississippi, starting back in 1945 as the Jackson Opera Guild before going through several name changes in subsequent decades. In 1970, the company took on the name Mississippi Opera Association.

Next up in its 2019-20 season, Opera Mississippi will be presenting Roméo et Juliette on April 25, 2020 with soprano Stacey Trenteseaux as Juliette and tenor Cody Laun as Roméo. Kimberly Sogioka will take on the role of Stephano, while André Chiang will appear as Mercutio. Rounding out the cast will be Luke Scott as Frère Laurent and Michael Nansel as Count Capulet. The production will be directed by Patrick Jacobs with Jay Dean conducting.

The company will also present “Mr. Showmanship,” “My Funny Valentine,” and “Take Five” over coming weeks.