2023/2024

Current Season

Discover the Magic of Opera: Unforgettable Theater and Orchestral Performances

2023

Winter Premiere:

Handel’s Messiah

A musical rite of the holiday season, the Baroque-era oratorio still awes listeners more than 250 years after the composer’s death.


Join us for a sing-along to help brighten your holiday season. This event is FREE for those who wish to attend with donations greatly appreciated.


The oratorio is expected to last about one hour, followed by a soup supper at the church.

  • December 17th, 2023 at 5:30 PM
  • Luther Memorial Church | 1210 Jersey, Quincy, IL
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2024

Children’s Opera:

Pinocchio

An operatic version of the children’s literary classic, Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, based on scenes from operas by W.A. Mozart, G. Donizetti, J. Offenbach, and G.B. Pergolesi.


Stepping into a new and unknown world, Pinocchio is deceived by Wolf and Cat and persuaded to disobey his father by skipping school in order to meet Dr. Dulcamara, a loathsome puppeteer. Realizing the puppet’s value, Dulcamara holds Pinocchio captive, intending to have him perform with his miraculous mechanical doll, Olympia. Puppet and doll become friends, and when Dulcamara breaks Olympia in a fit of rage, Pinocchio runs home to admit his disobedience and ask his father’s forgiveness. Accompanied by a policeman, Pinocchio and his dad lead the authorities to Wolf, Cat and Dulcamara, and the bad guys are run out of town. As Pinocchio resolves to always tell the truth and share his problems with trusted grownups, he and his father head home to repair Olympia and begin life anew as a family of three.


FREE Public Performance - April 19th, 2024 at 7PM

Luther Memorial Church - Quincy, IL

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2024

Summer Premiere:

La Traviata

This opera was originally based on a play by Alexandre Dumas and has become so popular throughout the years, that it has inspired many works of pop culture, such as Moulin Rouge and Pretty Woman.


Featuring one of the most iconic, romantic, and tragic scores of all time, Verdi’s masterpiece contrasts spectacular party scenes with tender, intimate moments. La Traviata tells the story of the tragic love between the courtesan Violetta and the romantic Alfredo. Set against the hypocrisy of upper-class fashionable society, Alfredo and Violetta’s love threatens to shame his family. When his father directly appeals to Violetta to relinquish her one chance of happiness, Violetta capitulates and her act of self-sacrifice costs her the ultimate price.

  • Evening Performance - June 28th, 2024 at 7 pm
  • Matinee Performance - June 30th, 2024 at 2 pm
  • Orr Auditorium - John Wood Community College

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3415 Quincy Mall

Quincy, IL 62301

info@muddyriveropera.org

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