NOVA Center for the Performing Arts is proud to deliver superior operas, performances, and classes to the greater Rocky Mountain West community.

Over the course of fifteen years of proven success, and the merger between Venture Theatre and Rimrock Opera, NOVA was given a huge opportunity to combine resources, collaborate between the arts, and produce more performance and educational possibilities for both opera and theater.

2015-2016 Opera Special Events and Performances

Auction of Arias (1) 

Auction of Arias ~ October 25, 7:30pm

You are invited to meet and mingle with singers over select wines and sumptuous desserts in this intimate setting held at McCormick Cafe. Presiding the October 25 matinee performance of our Festival of One-Act Operas. Bid for your choice of arias by your favorite singer and enjoy a dazzling program of winning selections. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Please call 406.591.9535 for your reservation or purchase tickets online.

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Directed by Douglas Nagel

October 23, 25*, 30 and November 1*, in the Roebling Theatre

GIANNI SCHICCHI by Giacomo Puccini

Florence, Italy, 1299: a hilarious sitcom? Yes, indeed. Gianni Schicchi (say Johnny SKEE-kee) is exactly that. Like vultures, a conniving family tries to redirect their rich relative’s will from a monastery to their own benefit through disguise, impersonation, and bribery, only to be out-foxed in the end. Laughs abound and young love triumphs in this one-act production which includes one of opera’s most beloved arias.

THE OLD MAID AND THE THIEF by Gian Carlo Menotti

Set in the early 1950s, The Old Maid and the Thief tells the tale of the persuasive powers of women. The spinster, Miss Todd, takes in a strange man. Laetitia, her maid, becomes enamored of him. Together the two steal everything from Miss Todd, including her car, while Miss Pinkerton, a spinster friend of Miss Todd’s, is hot on their trail.  (55 minutes)


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OperaFest ~ Friday, February 12, 6:00pm Yellowstone County Club


OperaFest offers an upscale silent auction, fine dining, music and a delightful evening of live opera entertainment. Dine with the opera singers and experience the beauty of live opera in an intimate setting Friday, February 12, 2016. NOVA Center for the Performing Arts will host the event at the Yellowstone Country Club, 5707 Bobby Jones Blvd. in Billings, MT.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and no-host cocktails, followed by a gourmet dinner with select wines. Attire is as formal as the guest wishes. A highlight of the evening will be performances from the artists of Turandot.

NOVA is a 501(c)3 non-profit entity. Proceeds from a wide selection of silent and live auction items benefit its mission to enhance the performing arts in Billings.

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An Opera by Giacomo Puccini

Directed by Matthew Haney

February 27 at the Alberta Bair Theater

Set in China, this is the story of the forbidding Princess Turandot. Any suitor interested in marrying her must solve three riddles or die. Prince Calaf passes the test, but she still won’t marry him. He then puts her to the test – if she can find out his name before the next dawn, he will die. Otherwise, she must marry him. Turandot contains one of the most famous arias in opera – Nessun Dorma. 

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An Opera by Gaetano Donizetti

Directed by Dodie Rife

April 15, 17*, 22, 24*, in the Roebling Theatre

Rita, or The Beaten Husband, is a delightful dose of Donizetti in a one-act comic opera with high octane musical numbers connected by bits of snappy dialogue on the “politically incorrect” side.