Plan A Visit To The Lebanon Opera House This Spring/Summer For Some Exciting EntertainmentApr 21, 2022 08:25PM ● By Virginia Dean
Photo from Lebanon Opera House Facebook Page.
Since 1924, the Lebanon Opera House, a historic 800-seat performing arts center, has served as a community gathering place - as a vaudeville theater, movie house, and town hall. Now, as a thriving year-round presenter of high-quality performances in music, dance, and theater, its doors are open to a dizzying kaleidoscope of 26,000 patrons of all ages who experience the transformative power of the arts each season.
“What sets LOH apart from other regional arts presenters is its inclusive, community-forward approach,” said LOH director Joe Clifford. “We are the Upper Valley’s stage - a home for a dozen arts organizations that lacks performance space of their own and the “big stage for little kids” in the Lebanon School District. This is a magical space where the impossible becomes possible.”
The LOH has undergone several renovations in the past, including remodeling in 1975 and 1991, with funding from a groundswell of community support.
Looking ahead, LOH announces the return of the Nexus Music and Arts Festival - three days of free family-friendly events scattered throughout downtown Lebanon on the weekend of August 12-14.
“We’re also hard at work planning for our 100th season in 2024,” said Clifford. “Stay tuned for some exciting news!”
In the meantime plan your next visit to the Lebanon Opera House with its rich tradition of arts, education, and community.
Check out these upcoming events which include a wide selection of films, ballet, comedians, professional musicians, classical music concerts, hypnotists, carnivals, and operas.
Beginning April 21 @ 7 p.m., short films from around the globe showcase world-class anglers and stunning natural environments in a Fly Fishing Film Tour. The foremost festival of such films, F3T is a one-of-a-kind experience. Tickets are $15 for general admission.
On April 23 at 6:30 p.m., from tracks and trails to roads and ultras, see running films on the big screen at the RunNation Film Festival that includes an introduction by Ben True, professional runner for ASICS, and Sarah Goff True, two-time Olympian and Ironman triathlete. This year’s edition features two hours of films shot on location in New York, New Zealand, and beyond. Tickets are $10-$15 for adults and youth prices.
From May 7-8, dreams really do come true in City Center Ballet’s take on Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless tale of City Center Ballet presents Cinderella.This two-act ballet performance follows the iconic young girl from rags to riches with a twist of humor and Jennifer Henderson’s choreography pairing delightfully with the music of Prokofiev. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., tickets range from $15-$38 for adults and youth prices. Running time 95 minutes
On May 13 at 7:30 p.m., Comedian Bob Marley will perform at the LOH. He is well known for his 20+ comedy CDs and DVDs and for being recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest stand-up comedy shop by an individual. He has toured the U.S., Europe, Canada, Kuwait, and Iraq. Tickets are $37.50.
On May 15 at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., LOH presents its Film Premiere: If I Could Ride. Shot on location in the Upper Valley, the film is based on the book by local author Don Miller and follows two teenagers, their lifestyles, and friendship. Suitable for all ages, tickets are free, but reservations are required. Donations to Helping Hooves are accepted at the door.
On May 29 at 4 p.m., discover (or re-discover) Bach’s Mass in B minor. Upper Valley Baroque brings highly accomplished professional musicians together with gifted Artistic Director Filippo Ciabatti to create a powerful and uplifting experience. Masks and proof of vaccination are required. Tickets range from $20-$40.
On June 24 at 7:30 p.m., R-rated Frank Santos, Jr., with his mind-bending antics, will be on hand for ages 18+. He will make you believe you can sing, dance, and much more! Tickets are $29.50.
From July 8-10, masks, music, and high-flying aerialists join in a fantasy of familiar stories, slapstick humor, and gorgeous voices as professional circus artists under the big top at LOH’s Carnevale. Daring arias and acrobats evoking carnival in Venice make this always surprising summer event the signature of Opera North. A perfect family summer experience at Blow-Me-Down Farm in Cornish, N.H. Tickets range from $25 to $60.
From July 21-23 at 7 p.m., let the games begin in Mozart’s delightful rom-com in which two buddies don disguises to test the faithfulness of their fiancées in his famous Così fan tutte. Blending bawdy humor and keen insight, the presentation features some of the sweetest and most ravishing music Mozart ever wrote. Sung in English with English supertitles at Blow-Me-Down Farm in Cornish, N.H. Tickets range from $25 to $60.
From July 27-31 at 7 p.m., music lovers can enjoy La Traviata, composed by Giuseppe Verdi and one of the most iconic, romantic, and tragic scores of all time. Sung in Italian with English supertitles at Blow-Me-Down Farm in Cornish, N.H., the opera features the glamorous but fragile courtesan Violetta Valery and her admirer Alfredo Germont. Tickets range from $25 to $60.
On July 30 at 7 p.m., celebrate the legendary divas of Bette, Babs, and Beyond (Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner) at Blow-Me-Down Farm. Prepare to sing along at this special concert on the lawn. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for Youth ages 5-18. Children under 5 are free.