Plan Ahead for the 2023 Season of Opera in the Ozarks

Each summer, we anticipate the upcoming season of the Opera in the Ozarks with excitement, and this year we have a lot more to look forward to! News broke earlier this month that the Walton Family Foundation awarded this long-time Eureka Springs opera company a 34 million-dollar grant to construct a brand-new theater. This is fantastic news for our arts community in Eureka Springs and beyond, especially for the music studies students who benefit from this yearly program. 

The Opera in the Ozarks began in 1950 as a summer camp for music enthusiasts. Now, seven decades later has evolved into a prestigious program that attracts music studies students, singers, and orchestra members worldwide. With this generous grant, the new theater space will seat up to 300 guests but will still feel like an intimate space. The facility will also have “a lobby for guests, an expanded costume shop, and new faculty housing with multi-unit cabins,” according to a recent news release. Construction on the new Opera in the Ozarks Theater will start immediately, and they hope to be finished by mid-2025. 

Until then, the summer season of the Opera in the Ozarks launches this June, and you’ll want to secure your lodging before booking your tickets. Our bed and breakfast in Eureka Springs is the perfect addition to any getaway in the Ozarks. With only five luxuriously appointed and spacious guest suites, you’ll love the intimacy and grandeur of our Victorian-style mansion. While the architectural details call to a time in the past, we have all of today’s modern amenities for the most restful and relaxing stays. Check out our upcoming availability at our bed and breakfast in Eureka Springs and reserve your room today!

Opera in the Ozarks, photo of a stage curtain

Book Your Tickets for Opera in the Ozarks 2023 Season

The arts and theater scene in Eureka Springs is abuzz with the announcement of the new theater for the Opera in the Ozarks. This program has been a bridge to the professional opera world for students for decades—it’s an experience that’s helped thousands of eager music majors pursue their dreams and transition to a career in the arts. 

The current location for Opera in the Ozarks is Inspiration Point, a beautiful scenic vista about five miles west of Eureka Springs on Highway 62. During your visit, the outlook about 550 feet up is one of the Ozarks’ most stunning views—the White River horseshoe curve and the expansive green valley below. It’s known as the “Best View on Highway 62.” 

The 2023 Season of Opera in the Ozarks begins June 23rd and runs through July 21st, just a short window to catch a show. However, they hope to offer shows year-round when the new theater opens. Here are the three performances not to miss this summer: 

  1. Orpheus in the Underworld: Get ready to laugh at this comedic opera with music by Jacques Offenbach. The first performance of this piece was in Paris in 1858. The Opera in the Ozarks’ company is known for doing comedy well, so it’s bound to be a hoot. 
  2. L’Elisir D’Amore: Meaning the “Elixir of Love,” this opera is a comic melodrama by Gaetano Donizetti, an Italian composer known for over 70 operas. It premiered in Milan in 1832, and the piece was the most-performed Opera in Italy between the years 1838 and 1848. 
  3. The Tender Land: This Aaron Copeland masterpiece tells the story of a farm family in the Midwest; the author was inspired by Depression-era photographs. It premiered at the New York City Opera in 1954, and though not initially regarded well, over time, this performance has become historic in the opera community. 

The Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point offers artists an unparalleled experience, and we can’t wait to see what’s to come with the upcoming expansion. 

Other Places for Live Music in Eureka Springs: 

While the Opera in the Ozarks is perfect for an elegant evening out, you’ll also find great nightlife in our charming small town, especially in the summer, when you can enjoy the tunes from an outdoor patio. Here are a few spots in Downtown Eureka Springs on Main Street: 

  1. New Dehli Cafe: This three-level restaurant and bar in Eureka Springs is right in the heart of downtown. They serve award-winning Indian and American fare and always have live music on the weekends. 
  2. The Grand Tavern: This historic Victorian hotel restaurant offers a romantic space for elegant meals, classic cocktails, and live music nights each week. 
  3. The Stone House: This lovely locally-owned wine bar is a great spot for wine tasting and appetizers, and they often welcome musicians to set the mood. 
Opera in the Ozarks, photo of a beautiful room at our bed and breakfast in Eureka Springs

Stay at our Elegant Bed and Breakfast in Eureka Springs

There’s nothing quite like a getaway at our bed and breakfast in Eureka Springs. The mornings are peaceful and quiet, with birds singing in the trees. You’ll wake refreshed in a big, comfortable bed wrapped in fine linens. Enjoy a cup of coffee on the porch and join us for a multi-course breakfast in our elegant dining room. The menu is always seasonal and thoughtfully prepared with our tried and true recipes. From there, the day is yours to explore as you see fit! Check out all of the best things to do in Eureka Springs, or head back to your romantic guest room to relax before lunch out on the town. 

For those heading to the Opera in the Ozarks, you’ll want to book your tickets in advance. And an evening at the opera is best paired with a lovely dinner at one of the best restaurants in Eureka Springs. We’re more than happy to help with reservations or offer personalized recommendations based on your preferences. After you’ve enjoyed the evening, your cozy and welcoming guest suite at our bed and breakfast in Eureka Springs awaits your return. Curl up with a good movie, turn on the fire, and have a glass of wine. That’s what vacations are made for—to destress and unwind in the lap of luxury. 

For those heading to Eureka Springs with romance in mind, be sure to check out our add-on and enhancement packages for a special touch. From seasonal flowers and sparkling wine to vouchers for dining and couples’ massage, we aim to please our guests and make their stay the most memorable. We can’t wait to host you at our romantic bed and breakfast in Eureka Springs this summer! Reserve your room today. 

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