Hawaii Opera Theatre announces 2017-18 season

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Since 1961, Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT), formerly a division of the Honolulu Symphony Society and incorporated in 1980, has served to enhance the quality of life in Hawaii by presenting opera performances of the highest standards, while maintaining fiscal responsibility. Through four productions annually in the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, HOT offers opera to almost 18,000 residents and visitors each season thereby increasing the public’s awareness and exposure to opera as a multi-media art form.

In addition to the staged opera performances listed below, HOT will hold "Mele Under the Stars," its first outdoor gala concert at the Waikiki Shell, on September 1, 2017. Tickets to this event are on sale at the HOT Box Office and online now at Tickets.HawaiiOpera.Org. Subscribe today to save by contacting the HOT Box Office at (808) 596-7858.


One of the most popular operas ever written, Bizet’s Carmen returns with its universally beloved melodies to Honolulu. The Spanish gypsy Carmen seduces young soldier, Don Jose, but their torrid love affair turns sour as he attacks his leader, shirks his duties and leaves his lifelong sweetheart to join Carmen’s band of smugglers. Carmen soon grows tired of Don Jose, leaving him for the flashy, bullfighter Escamillo and Don Jose seeks revenge.

Blaisdell Concert Hall / October 13, 15, & 17 2017

As One

“A piece that haunts and challenges its audience with questions about identity, authenticity, compassion and the human desire for self-love and peace.” ~ Opera News

Laura Kominsky’s As One shares the story of, Hannah Before and Hannah After, in a drama depicting the complicated transformation of a transgender journey. As One stars Kelly Markgraf and Sasha Cooke, who are married in real life and created these roles in 2014.

Aloha Tower Pier 10 Cruise Ship Terminal / January 11, 13, 14, 16

The Daughter of the Regiment

“It's a rollicking combination of esprit de corps, slapstick antics and innocent romance — not to mention intoxicating music highlighted by spectacular vocal writing.” ~ NPR

Donizetti’s hilarious comedy about Marie, the army brat who is raised by a troop of soldiers, is full of brilliant music and vivid vocals. A true tomboy, she has fallen in love with Tonio, a handsome lad who must join the regiment in order to win approval from Marie’s many adopted fathers. Presenting another twist to winning Marie’s hand, the Marquise of Birkenfield arrives on the scene with the secret knowledge that Marie is in fact of aristocratic roots and must marry according to her station. Will Tonio rise to the occasion?

Blaisdell Concert Hall / February 9, 11, & 13, 2018

Eugene Onegin

The passionate music of Tchaikovsky brings Pushkin’s famous Russian novel to life. Tatiana, a quiet country girl, falls in love with Eugene Onegin, who is visiting with his friend Lenski. Tatiana writes an intense letter of love to him but Onegin spurns her. At a ball in Tatiana’s home, Onegin pursues Olga, Lenski’s betrothed. Lenski challenges Onegin to a duel, and is killed.

Years later, Onegin returns to St. Petersburg to attend a ball held by Prince Gremin, who has married Tatiana. Onegin is struck by her beauty and declares his love for her, but this time it is her turn to reject him. A brand new presentation in co-production with Lyric Opera Kansas City, Atlanta Opera and Michigan Opera.

Blaisdell Concert Hall / April 20, 22, & 24, 2018


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