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    Opera Boston

    Opera Boston was an opera company in Boston, Massachusetts. It specialized in innovative repertoire and rarely heard works, along with opera education and outreach programs designed to bring opera education to children both in schools and after-school programs throughout the Boston area. After eight years, it was announced on 23 December 2011 that Opera Boston would cease operations on 1 January 2012. Board chairman Winifred Gray and president Gregory Bulger cited "an insurmountable budget deficit" as the reason. Its home base was the Cutler Majestic Theatre, a 1903 Beaux-Arts opera house designed by architect John Galen Howard. In addition to its regular season the company mounted an Opera Unlimited Festival which presented 20th and 21st century chamber opera in an outdoor setting, free of charge. The Festival also commissioned new works. Dates in parenthesis are the dates of the Opera Boston production.The list is limited to only those works which are rarely performed.
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    Bielefeld Opera

    Bielefeld Opera

    The Bielefeld Opera is the venue of Städtische Bühnen Bielefeld (Municipal Theatre Bielefeld) in Bielefeld, Germany. It is a Dreisparten Haus (three-department house), offering plays, music (opera, musical theatre), and ballet. The main performance venue is the Stadttheater am Niederwall (Municipal Theatre at the Lower Wall), built in 1904 and extensively renovated from 2004 to 2006. It is the largest theater in East Westphalia, offering 500 performances annually. It is under the direction of Michael Heicks; its resident orchestra is the 72-member Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra that also performs symphonic concerts at the Rudolf-Oetker-Halle. Plans to build an opera house in Bielefeld were laid in 1885 by a foundation set up the widow of the founder of the Crüwell Tobacco Company. Bernhard Sehring was chosen as architect and construction was started in 1901 on the Niederwall. The Art Deco building was inaugurated with a performance of Carl Maria von Weber's Der Freischütz on April 3, 1904. The financial crisis in the 1920s led to discussions about reducing the number of employees or amalgamating with neighboring theaters in Münster and Osnabrück. When the Nazis came to power in
    7.43
    7 votes
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    Michigan Opera Theatre

    Michigan Opera Theatre

    Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT) is the principal opera company in Michigan, USA. The company is based in Detroit, where it performs in the Detroit Opera House. Each year it presents an opera and dance season. The company presents four operas in their original language with English supertitles and hosts dance companies with touring repertoire. It also presents musical theatre performances. The company has an orchestra, chorus, children's chorus, and extensive dance and arts education outreach programs. In 2005 MOT won a National Endowment for the Arts, Access to Artistic Excellence grant to support its staging of the world premiere of Margaret Garner. Michigan Opera Theatre began as the educational outreach arm, Overture to Opera (OTO), of the Detroit Grand Opera Association, the organization responsible for the Metropolitan Opera's visits to Detroit. In 1963, MOT's Founder and General Director, David DiChiera took over the program, then in its third year. OTO first presented opera to the public as a collection of scenes and acts. It did not produce its first full-length production until 1970, with the staging of The Barber of Seville at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Overture to Opera
    6.50
    8 votes
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    Leeds Youth Opera

    Leeds Youth Opera is an acclaimed opera company for 12- to 25-year-olds, based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Post newspaper described the group as a '...national cultural treasure...' Formed in 1971, Leeds Youth Opera (LYO) is one of the few groups in the country specifically designed to cater for young singers. Since its creation, the company has gained a strong reputation for performing rare works, as well as the standard repertoire. Targeted at singers aged 12–25, LYO performs two productions each year, as part of the Leeds Civic Arts Guild – which is based at the Carriageworks theatre in central Leeds. The UK premieres of Satyagraha and The Voyage by Philip Glass were performed by LYO. In July 2008 the group performed the world staged premiere of Oliver Rudland's 'The Nightingale and the Rose'.In July 2009 they performed the European Premier of Appomattox by Glass. The company's 2006 production of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd was described by the BBC as '...excellently performed...' In July 2011 LYO will perform Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in English. Feb 2011 – La Triviata (Verdi) July 2009 – Appomattox Feb 2009 – I Lombardi (Verdi) July 2008 – The
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    6 votes
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    Swansea City Opera

    The Swansea City Opera is a touring opera company founded in Swansea, Wales in May 2004. The company incorporates elements of Opera Box Limited, a touring opera company founded in 1989. Since its launch the opera has toured to 91 venues across the United Kingdom. The company places particular emphasis on touring within Wales, especially within Objective 1 and Communities First areas where performances are given at subsidised cost. Swansea City Opera has fifty performers and performs its repertoire in three different versions depending on the size of the venue. In the smallest possible venues the number of performers reduces to fifteen. The Swansea City Opera's home venue is the Swansea Grand Theatre. The company’s repertoire has included: The Swansea City Opera works in partnership with The Opera School Wales, a post-graduate training school based at the Adelina Patti Theatre, Powys, to train and develop young opera singers.
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    Tri-Cities Opera Company

    The Tri-Cities Opera Company (commonly known as "TCO"), founded in 1949 by Peyton Hibbitt and Carmen Savoca in Binghamton, NY, annually stages three full-scale operas per season during the fall and winter months. Tri-Cities Opera is notable for its artist training program, and maintains a costume and set rental business to other opera companies for many commonly performed operas. Tri-Cities opera was founded in 1949 to serve the community of Greater Binghamton in upstate New York. TCO is organized and focused as a training company for younger artists and is partnered in the community with Binghamton University's music department. For productions, TCO uses these resident artists and rarely engages outside performers. Since inception, TCO has had a focus on training young opera singers and has created a Resident Artist program, training young opera singers from around the world. Alumnus of the program have gone on to perform at world-renowned opera companies include The Metropolitan Opera and The San Francisco Opera. Artists who have studied and performed at TCO include the tenor Placido Domingo during the 1965-1966 seasons, and many other well-known opera performers. Resident
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    6 votes
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    Glimmerglass Opera

    Glimmerglass Opera

    Glimmerglass Festival (formerly known as Glimmerglass Opera) is an opera company which was founded in 1975 by Peter Macris and presents an annual season of operas at the Alice Busch Opera Theater on Otsego Lake eight miles (13 km) north of Cooperstown, New York, United States. The summer-only season usually consists of four operas performed in rotating repertory. Glimmerglass is well known for producing new, lesser-known, and rare works, many of which in years past have been co-produced with the New York City Opera. It is the second-largest summer opera festival in the United States, led by Artistic and General Director Francesca Zambello. Until 2011, the company operated under the name Glimmerglass Opera. The company presented its first season in the summer of 1975, when four performances of La bohème were staged in the auditorium of the Cooperstown High School. In the years since, it has grown considerably and now offers more than 40 performances of four operas, nearly always in new productions, each summer. Operas have been performed in repertory since 1990. For the first seventeen seasons, all operas were sung in English; since 1992 they have, with some exceptions, been
    8.00
    5 votes
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    Springfield Municipal Opera

    Springfield Municipal Opera

    Originally conceived on April 21, 1950 as a not-for-profit theatrical organization, the Springfield Municipal Opera Association transformed a 55-acre (220,000 m) wheat field into an outdoor amphitheater. On June 17, 1950, nearly 3,000 people viewed the opening night performance of its first production, "The Merry Widow". The Muni flourished until a series of setbacks in the mid-1950s and a major fire in 1963 destroyed part of the facilities. A second fire the following year destroyed what was left. With hopes for a rebirth, a test production of "Bye Bye Birdie" was staged in Douglas Park in 1964. The Springfield community responded with such enthusiasm that the Muni was able to rebuild its facility and return to the lake site theater in 1965. That year, over 6,000 patrons saw "The Music Man" and "South Pacific". In 1967, the Muni produced three shows; "Brigadoon", "Guys and Dolls" and "Camelot" and attendance grew to 14,375. Muni bravely staged its first four-production season in 1972; "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown", "1776", "Most Happy Fella", "The Sound of Music" and attendance jumped to over 17,000. In 2006, the Muni welcomed its one millionth patron during the run of "Elton
    5.86
    7 votes
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    Center for Contemporary Opera

    The Center for Contemporary Opera (CCO) is a professional opera company based in New York City, and a member of OPERA America. The company focuses on producing and developing new opera and music theater works and reviving rarely seen American operas written after the second World War. The Center for Contemporary Opera has staged the premieres of many works written during the latter half of the twentieth century. Works are performed at all stages of development from readings to workshops to full productions on the professional stage. In line with its mission to promote an interest in new operatic and music-theater culture among the American public, the company presents panel discussions and colloquia, and publishes a bi-annual newsletter Opera Today. Since 2004, the company has been a regular participant in the New York City Opera's annual festival, "Vox: Showcasing American Composers". The company was founded in 1982 by Richard Marshall, formerly the head of the Charlotte Opera Association in North Carolina where he had commissioned, produced and conducted the world premiere of Robert Ward's Abelard and Heloise. In March 2008, James E. Schaeffer, Executive Director of Long Leaf
    7.60
    5 votes
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    Austin Lyric Opera

    Austin Lyric Opera, founded in 1986, is an internationally known opera company based in Austin, Texas. It also operates the Armstrong Community Music School. In January 2007, it staged the North American premiere of Philip Glass’s opera “Waiting for the Barbarians.”
    8.75
    4 votes
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    Opera North, Leeds

    Opera North, Leeds

    • Operas Produced: La rondine by Giacomo Puccini - Third version completed by Lorenzo Ferrero
    Opera North is an English opera company based in Leeds. The company's home theatre is the Leeds Grand Theatre, but it also presents regular seasons in several other cities, at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, the Lowry Centre, Salford Quays and the Theatre Royal, Newcastle. It has also visited Sadler's Wells Theatre and the Barbican Centre in London and, less regularly, the Bradford Alhambra, the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield, and other venues, including theatres in Belfast and Dublin and the Edinburgh Festival Theatre. The Company's orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, regularly performs and records in its own right. Operas are performed either in English or in the original language of the libretto, in the latter case usually with surtitles. The major funders of Opera North include Arts Council England and, in Yorkshire, Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Grants, North Yorkshire County Council, and East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Opera North was established in 1977 as English National Opera North, and its first performance (of Saint-Saëns's Samson and Delilah) was given on 15 November 1978. It started life as an offshoot of English National Opera and had the specific intention
    5.71
    7 votes
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    Opera atelier

    Opéra Atelier, a Canadian Baroque opera company was founded in 1985 in Toronto by husband and wife duo Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg. The company mounts operas from the 17th and 18th centuries which are presented at the Elgin Theatre. Their current Executive Director is Patricia Barretto, previously Director of Marketing at Opera Atelier. Opéra Atelier has performed baroque operas in New York, Houston, Stuttgart, Bremen, London, Singapore, Seoul,Tokyo and at the Chateau de Versailles, France. Opera Atelier received a number of Ontario Lieutenant Governor's Awards for the Arts before these awards were discontinued in 2003. Opera Atelier presents two operas per year and tours internationally biennially. They use period instruments, as well as sets and costume designs that reflect the aesthetics of the epoch. Opéra Atelier has collaborated with other music organizations in Toronto including the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Opera Atelier also benefits from funding from the Toronto Arts Council.
    8.50
    4 votes
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    Komische Oper Berlin

    Komische Oper Berlin

    The Komische Oper Berlin is an opera company in Berlin, Germany, which specializes in German language productions of opera, operetta and musicals. Since 2004, it has been operated by the Berliner Opernstiftung, and is located on Behrenstraße, just a few steps from the famous Berlin street Unter den Linden. The theatre was built between 1891 and 1892 by architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer for a private society. It first opened on September 24, 1892 as "Theater Unter den Linden" with Adolf Ferron's operetta Daphne and Gaul and Haßreiter's ballet Die Welt in Bild und Tanz. The theatre was primarily a vehicle for operetta, but was also used for various other events and balls. Around 800 people could be seated in the stalls, and the balconies and various en-suite dinner rooms housed about a further 1,700 seats. Its directors went bankrupt in 1896 and the theatre was forced to close its doors. On September 3, 1898 the theatre was reopened as Metropol-Theater with Julius Freund's revue Paradies der Frauen. It then grew to become one of Berlin's most famous and successful variety theatres. However, due to a decline of variety and music hall entertainment in the late 1920s the
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    3 votes
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    Deutsche Oper am Rhein

    Deutsche Oper am Rhein

    The Deutsche Oper am Rhein (German Opera on the Rhine) is an opera company based in Düsseldorf and Duisburg. The opera also has an associated classical ballet company. After the 1875 construction of what became the Düsseldorf Opernhaus, a strong connection between the two cities’ opera houses existed from 1887 to 1920, and was not re-established until 1955 with the creation of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. The company performs in the Opernhaus Düsseldorf, built in 1875. It was partially destroyed during World War II, and reconstructed to officially re-open in 1956. Theater Duisburg, built in 1912, was completely destroyed, and rebuilt in 1950. The current general manager is Christoph Meyer; the chief conductor is John Fiore. In 2006 and 2007, a major reorganization and renovation of the Opera House in Duesseldorf took place. The first opera performance in the newly renovated theater was La traviata, conducted by the American John Fiore.
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    5 votes
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    Baltimore Opera

    Baltimore Opera is an opera company in Baltimore, Maryland whose home base is currently the Lyric Opera House. Building on earlier amateur efforts, Baltimore Opera was formally established in 1950 as Baltimore Civic Opera Company with the famous American soprano Rosa Ponselle as its first artistic director. Ponselle brought Beverly Sills to Baltimore in 1952 for a production of Manon. In 1960, the company embarked upon a program of modernization, attracting private funding to be able to hire professional set designers and diversity its repertoire. In subsequent years, it staged notable productions of such operas as Der Rosenkavalier in 1962 with conductor Kurt Adler, Rigoletto in 1964 with Sherrill Milnes, Lucia di Lammermoor with Anna Moffo, Turandot in 1966 with Birgit Nilsson and Teresa Stratas, and the Tales of Hoffmann in 1967 with Sills, Plᅢᄀcido Domingo, and Norman Treigle. In 1993, Baltimore Opera inaugurated its SummerAria Series, dedicated to works by American composers. The company currently mounts four productions a year. The Lyric Opera House is a theater modelled after the Leipzig's Gewandhaus. It was inaugurated on October 31, 1894, with a performance by
    8.25
    4 votes
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    Berlin State Opera

    Berlin State Opera

    The Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin State Opera) is a German opera company. Its permanent home is the opera house on the Unter den Linden boulevard in the Mitte district of Berlin, which also hosts the Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra. King Frederick II of Prussia shortly after his accession to the throne commissioned the original building on the site. Construction work began in July 1741 with what was designed by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff to be the first part of a "Forum Fredericianum" on present-day Bebelplatz. Although not entirely completed, the Court Opera (Hofoper) was inaugurated with a performance of Carl Heinrich Graun's Cesare e Cleopatra on December 7, 1742. This event marked the beginning of the successful, 250-year co-operation between the Staatsoper and the Staatskapelle Berlin, the state orchestra, whose roots trace back to the 16th century. In 1842, Gottfried Wilhelm Taubert instituted the tradition of regular symphonic concerts. In the same year, Giacomo Meyerbeer succeeded Gaspare Spontini as General Music Director. Felix Mendelssohn also conducted symphonic concerts for a year. On August 18, 1843 the Linden Opera was destroyed by fire. The
    6.17
    6 votes
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    Florentine Opera

    The Florentine Opera Company is Wisconsin's oldest fully professional performing arts organization and the sixth-oldest opera company in the United States. The company presents on three staged productions per season largely from the standard operatic repertoire. Performances take place at the Marcus Center in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Florentine Opera was founded in 1933 by John-David Anello. At that time, the group was called the Italian Opera Chorus, and it met at the Jackson Street Social Center. In 1942, the group became The Florentine Opera Chorus, remaining under the direction of John D. Anello. He explained that the change in name "was to honor the birthplace of opera as we know it. The craft originated in the Italian city of Florence, which has been known as a bustling center for the arts for many centuries." By this time, the chorus had grown to a group of 100 members of many nationalities, with a waiting list of over 100 more. In the program of the first "Opera Album" after the name change is written the Florentine Opera Chorus motto: "If our song has stopped one heart from aching, we have not lived in vain." In 1950, the Florentine Opera Chorus extended its
    7.00
    5 votes
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    Opera Australia

    Opera Australia

    • Operas Produced: Rusalka
    Opera Australia is the principal opera company in Australia. Based in Sydney, its performance season at the Sydney Opera House runs for approximately eight months of the year, with the remainder of its time spent in the The Arts Centre in Melbourne (where it is accompanied by Orchestra Victoria). In 2004, the company gave 226 performances in its subscription seasons in Sydney and Melbourne, attended by more than 294,000 people. Like most opera companies, it is funded by a combination of government money, corporate sponsorship, private philanthropy, and ticket sales. The proportion of its revenue from ticket sales is considerably higher than that of most companies, approximately 75 per cent. The company is perhaps best known internationally for its association with Dame Joan Sutherland, and for Baz Luhrmann's production of Puccini's La bohème in the early 1990s. By the end of 2004, Opera Australia provided employment to approximately 1,300 Australians. OzOpera (Opera Australia's education, access and development arm) presented the La bohème production in Victoria, Northern Territory and Western Australia, attended by 13,350 people, while OzOpera's Schools Company performed to over
    7.00
    5 votes
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    English Touring Opera

    English Touring Opera (ETO) is an opera company in the United Kingdom founded in 1979 under the name Opera 80 by the then-existing Arts Council of Great Britain. In 1992 the company changed to its present name. Today it is sponsored in part by Arts Council England as well as receiving support from individual and corporate sponsors, plus trusts and foundations. The company aims to bring high quality opera to areas of England that would not otherwise have ready access to such productions. Since 2002, its General Director (and acclaimed stage director of several productions) has been James Conway, who came from the Oprera Theatre of Ireland. Its Music Director, also since 2002, is Michael Rosewell. Opera 80 itself became the successor to Opera For All, an "umbrella organization" which had planned tours by small groups which performed to piano accompanment. David Parry became music director in 1983. ETO is a charitable organization which seeks to stimulate access, understanding and appreciation of opera. The company has always presented operas in English and it currently tours twice each year to more venues than any other opera company in the UK, going to about 33 theatres, many of
    8.00
    4 votes
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    English National Opera

    English National Opera

    English National Opera (ENO) is an opera company based in London, resident at the London Coliseum in St. Martin's Lane. It is one of the two principal opera companies in London, along with The Royal Opera, Covent Garden. ENO's productions are sung in English. The company's origins were in the late 19th century, when the philanthropist Emma Cons, later assisted by her niece Lilian Baylis, presented theatrical and operatic performances at the Old Vic in a rough area of London for the benefit of local people. From those beginnings, Baylis built up both the opera and the theatre companies, and later added a ballet company; these evolved into the ENO, the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Ballet. Baylis acquired and rebuilt Sadler's Wells theatre in north London, a larger house, better suited to opera than the Old Vic. The opera company grew there into a permanent ensemble in the 1930s. During the Second World War, the theatre was closed and the company toured British towns and cities. After the war, the company returned to its home, but it continued to expand and improve, and by the 1960s a larger theatre was needed. In 1968, the company moved to the London Coliseum in the heart of
    9.00
    3 votes
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    Metropolitan Opera

    Metropolitan Opera

    • Operas Produced: La fanciulla del West
    The Metropolitan Opera (the "Met") is an opera company based in New York City, resident at the Metropolitan Opera House, located at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The company is operated by the non-profit Metropolitan Opera Association, with Peter Gelb as general manager. The music director is James Levine. The company's origins were in the late 19th century as an alternative to the previously established Academy of Music opera house. The Metropolitan Opera is the largest classical music organization in North America. It presents about 27 different operas each year in a season which lasts from late September through May. The operas are presented in a rotating repertory schedule with up to seven performances of four different works staged each week. Performances are given in the evening Monday through Saturday with a matinée on Saturday. Several operas are presented in new productions each season. Sometimes these are borrowed from or shared with other opera houses. The rest of the year's operas are given in revivals of productions from previous seasons. The 2012/13 season comprises 209 performances of 28 operas. The operas in the Met's repertoire consist of a wide range
    9.00
    3 votes
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    Muddy River Opera Company

    Located in Quincy, Illinois, the Muddy River Opera Company was founded by Mary Anne Scott and Mary Jane McCloskey in 1989 as a non-profit arts organization. The company was incorporated in 1990. Scott and McCloskey had two goals in mind: to make professional operatic performances and educational opportunities available to the tri-state area. In keeping with the mission of its founders, the company consistently produces two to four operas a year. For several years, most MROC productions of foreign-language operas were performed in English translation, though the company has, in recent years, mounted several productions of operas in the original language with projected English supertitles. The company hires professional singers, directors, designers and musicians for every production. Auditions for roles in all productions take place in Quincy, St. Louis, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois prior to the beginning of every new season. The company also utilizes the Quincy community's impressive reserve of professional and amateur singers, musicians and artists. MROC has produced both traditional and twentieth-century operas and operettas including: Die Zauberflöte, La bohème, Dialogues of
    9.00
    3 votes
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    Belfast Operatic Company

    Belfast Operatic Company

    Belfast Operatic Company (BOC)is an amateur company which performs musicals and concerts all over Ireland. It was founded in 1960 by John Mercer in Belfast, Northern Ireland. One of Northern Ireland's most successful companies, having performed the Irish première of Titanic the Musical in 2005 (for which it won numerous awards from the Association of Irish Musical Societies) and again in 2007, BOC performs several shows each year at the Grand Opera House, Belfast. In May 2009, the company performed a sell-out run of the musical, Hello, Dolly!, obtaining excellent reviews and earning the lead role, Dolly Levi, played by Laura Kerr, a nomination for Best Actress from AIMS. The Company has moved into a new purpose-built rehearsal studio located in East Belfast, with modern facilities, mulitiple rehearsal rooms and a social area to congregate after rehearsals. The company has over 100 members who meet each Monday evening to prepare for their busy concert schedule. In March 2010, the company's 50th year in production, Belfast Operatic Company performed Beauty and the Beast, at the Grand Opera House in Belfast. President - John Mercer Chairman - David Robinson Secretary - Tina
    6.60
    5 votes
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    Connecticut Opera

    Connecticut Opera

    Connecticut Opera was a professional, non-profit, opera company based in Hartford, Connecticut, and a member of OPERA America. The company presented three fully staged opera productions during an annual season. It was founded in 1942 under the directorship of Frank Pandolfi and was the sixth oldest professional opera company in the United States. Pandolfi served as General Manager of the company for 32 years and brought most of the major international opera stars of that time to Hartford. The first opera produced was Carmen which opened in the Bushnell Theatre on April 14, 1942, and starred mezzo-soprano Winifred Heidt in the title role. Connecticut Opera went on to feature opera stars such as Plácido Domingo, Beverly Sills, Risë Stevens, and Mary Dunleavy. After Pandolfi left the company, Connecticut Opera shifted direction, moving away from the star system towards hiring young and talented rising artists. The company also became interested in cutting-edge theatrical sets, lighting, costumes, and other technical areas of theater before such a move became in vogue within the opera world. In the mid-1970s, the company founded Opera Express, an award-winning touring company that
    6.60
    5 votes
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    Kent Opera

    Kent Opera was a British opera company in the period 1969-1989. Based in Ashford, England the Company presented its productions in several centres mainly in the southern part of England. These included The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, the Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Kings Theatre, Southsea, Theatre Royal Norwich, the Derngate, Northampton. Operas were performed in English usually with new translations of the libretto. The orchestra was at first the Midland Sinfonia, though after two years the company employed its own orchestra. Kent Opera was England's first regional opera company, founded in 1969 by Norman Platt, in response to a perceived need for first-class opera in England outside the main centres, in productions that were composer-centred. By 1974 there were usually three operas in the repertory at any time, typically a Baroque opera, a Mozart opera and a 19th or 20th century work. Wherever possible the company aimed to revive productions with the same team and singers and improve on the original production. The company's performances were broadcast on radio and television. The company was the subject of a series of programmes made by TVS
    6.60
    5 votes
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    Opera Noire of New York

    Opera Noire of New York is a performing arts company, as well as a resource and network for African-American artists. ONNY is an organization which has performed in multiple venues in the New York City metropolitan area. Opera Noire was founded by leading New York City Opera tenor Robert Mack, baritone Kenneth Overton and tenor Barron Coleman. The group consists of all African American opera singers. ONNY has partnered with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and New York City Opera to present rarely performed live excerpts from the operas Treemonisha, Ouanga, Four Saints in Three Acts, Till Victory is Won, Troubled in Mind, and I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky by composers John Adams, Edward Boatner, Mark Fax, Scott Joplin, Virgil Thomson, and Clarence Cameron White. This program was presented in honor of the Schomburg Center's 85th Anniversary and Howard Dodson's 25th Anniversary as its director, and dedicated to the memory of the distinguished author and musician Raoul Abdul (1929–2010). It was the first in a series that also includes A Tribute to Robert McFerrin and The Life and Times of Malcolm X.
    7.50
    4 votes
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    Opera North

    Opera North is an opera company based in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and is the region's oldest professional opera company. The company presents an annual summer season of two fully staged operas. Opera North productions are staged at the Lebanon Opera House. Opera North is a member of Opera America. Opera North was founded as the Light Opera of Norwich in 1981 as an offshoot of the Parish Players, a community theater in Thetford, Vermont by David Strohmier. At this time the company was merely a non-profit community theater organization. Under Strohmier's leadership the company focused mostly on light opera and operettas with a particular focus on the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. Strohmier worked closely with Louis Burkot, the then director of the Dartmouth Glee Club. After Strohmier’s departure in 1987, Burkot became artistic director of the company and began moving Opera North towards a more serious operatic repertoire. The 1988 Opera North hired producer Flo Klausner and opera director Ron Luchsinger for the company's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe. Since then Klausner has served as executive producer for many of Opera North's productions, and Luchsinger has become
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    3 votes
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    Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera

    The Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera (SBCLO) was a theatre company in Santa Barbara, California. It put on hundreds of performances in the Granada Theater in Santa Barbara before going bankrupt. The company was founded by Paul Iannoccone and Elise Unruh in 1984 and continued to produce shows until filing for bankruptcy in 2001. The organization transformed into the short-lived Musical Theater of Santa Barbara (MTSB) before finally discontinuing productions altogether.
    8.67
    3 votes
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    Utah Festival Opera

    The Utah Festival Opera (also known as the UFOC) is an opera company based in Logan, Utah. The company performs four fully staged works with orchestra in repertory every July and August at the Ellen Eccles Theatre on Logan's Main Street. The works performed range from operas to operettas to musicals. The company was founded in 1992 by operatic tenor Michael Ballam, a music professor at Utah State University, and a native of Logan. Besides being director of the company, he has also sung lead roles in many productions over the years. Naughty Marietta by Victor Herbert was the first work performed by the company in 1993, along with Puccini's La bohème and a double bill of Trial By Jury and The Impresario. Up through the 2000 season, there were three works in repertory. This increased to four in 2001. Usually those four works consist of two operas and two musicals. The 2006 season consisted of Marriage of Figaro, The Music Man, La bohème, and Man of La Mancha. The offices and scene shop of the company are located adjacent to the Eccles Theatre in the Dansante building, a former dance hall. The Dansante also has a recital hall. In 2007 the Opera purchased the 350 seat Utah Theatre, and
    10.00
    2 votes
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    Opera South

    Opera South is a name used by several opera companies. Two are in the United States, one in the United Kingdom.
    6.40
    5 votes
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    Orlando Opera

    The Orlando Opera was Orlando, Florida's professional opera company. Based in the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando, the Orlando Opera performed multiple times a year in the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre and other venues in the central Florida region. On April 16, 2009 the company announced it will suspend all operations and close its doors due to poor economic conditions. The company will file Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
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    Teatro alla Scala

    Teatro alla Scala

    • Operas Produced: La figlia del mago
    La Scala (Italian: Teatro alla Scala), is a world renowned opera house in Milan, Italy. The theatre was inaugurated on 3 August 1778 and was originally known as the New Royal-Ducal Theatre at La Scala (Nuovo Regio Ducale Teatro alla Scala). The premiere performance was Antonio Salieri's Europa riconosciuta. Most of Italy's greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world, have appeared at La Scala during the past 200 years. Today, the theatre is still recognised as one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world and is home to the La Scala Theatre Chorus, La Scala Theatre Ballet and La Scala Theatre Orchestra. The theatre also has an associate school, known as the La Scala Theatre Academy (Italian: Accademia Teatro alla Scala), which offers professional training in music, dance, stage craft and stage management. La Scala's season traditionally opens on 7 December, Saint Ambrose's Day, the feast day of Milan's patron saint. All performances must end before midnight, and long operas start earlier in the evening when necessary. The Museo Teatrale alla Scala (La Scala Theatre Museum), accessible from the theatre's foyer and a part of the house,
    6.40
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    Opéra de Monte-Carlo

    Opéra de Monte-Carlo

    • Operas Produced: La rondine (L'hirondelle)
    The Opéra de Monte-Carlo is an opera house, which is part of the Monte Carlo Casino located in the principality of Monaco. With the lack of cultural diversions available in Monaco in the 1870s, Prince Charles III, along with the Société des bains de mer, decided to include a concert hall as part of the casino. The main public entrance to the hall was from the casino, while Charles III's private entrance was on the western side. It opened in 1879 and became known as the Salle Garnier, after the architect Charles Garnier, who designed it. During the renovation of the Salle Garnier in 2004–05, the company presented operas at the Salle des Princes in the local Grimaldi Forum, a modern conference and performance facility where Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra regularly perform. The architect Charles Garnier also designed the Paris opera house now known as the Palais Garnier. The Salle Garnier is much smaller, seating 524, compared to about 2,000 for the Palais Garnier, and unlike the Paris theatre, which was started in 1861 and only completed in 1875, the Salle Garnier was constructed in only eight and a half months. Nevertheless, its ornate style
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    Bel Cantanti Opera

    Bel Cantanti, an opera company, under the direction of Dr. Katerina Souvorova, was formed in 2003 with the express purpose of giving performance opportunities to local, operatic talent. It has produced fully staged operas and gala events with young professionals since 2003. The productions has been in a variety of venues including, but not limited to: The Austrian Embassy in D.C., The French Embassy in Georgetown, The German Embassy in D.C., and their current home The Randolph Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland. In December 2003, Bel Cantanti held its first fully–staged opera production, Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, at St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg, Virginia. Bel Cantanti has had continued success with its productions of : Donizetti's L'elisir d'Amore, Verdi's Rigoletto, Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, Donizetti's La fille du régiment, Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Rachmaninoff's Aleko, Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, and Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. The company's 2007-2008 produced fully staged versions of Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from
    7.25
    4 votes
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    Light Opera of Manhattan

    Light Opera of Manhattan

    Light Opera of Manhattan, known as LOOM, was an Off-Broadway repertory theatre company that produced light operas, including the works of Gilbert and Sullivan and European and American operettas, 52 weeks per year, in New York City between 1968 and 1989. Founded by William Mount-Burke, LOOM's first long-term home was in the Jan Hus theatre from the late 1960s to 1975, where it succeeded another small light opera company, the American Savoyards. At the Jan Hus, LOOM performed predominantly the Savoy operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, such as The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and H.M.S. Pinafore. Led by conductor-director Mount-Burke, principal comedian Raymond Allen and choreographer Jerry Gotham, the company mentored many young actors and singers who went on to careers on Broadway or elsewhere in theatre or music. In 1975, the company moved across the street to a legitimate Off-Broadway theatre, the Eastside Playhouse. There it expanded its repertoire beyond Gilbert and Sullivan to American and continental operettas, such as those of Victor Herbert, Rudolph Friml, Franz Lehár, Sigmund Romberg, Jacques Offenbach and Johann Strauss II. LOOM was often featured on WQXR radio. By 1979,
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    4 votes
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    Scottish Opera

    • Operas Produced: American Lulu
    Scottish Opera is the national opera company of Scotland, and one of the five national performing arts companies funded by the Scottish Government. Founded in 1962 and based in Glasgow, it is the largest performing arts organisation in Scotland. Founded in 1962 by Alexander Gibson, Scottish Opera has grown to become one of the world's most renowned opera companies, building a considerable reputation for its distinguished productions. In 1975 Scottish Opera bought the Theatre Royal in Glasgow from Scottish Television re-opening it as the first national opera house for Scotland in October 1975 with Die Fledermaus. In March 2005, the management of the Theatre Royal was transferred to the Ambassador Theatre Group, but remains the home of Scottish Opera and of Scottish Ballet. Scottish Opera is committed to bringing the widest range of opera, to the maximum audience in Scotland and the United Kingdom. The company's education unit is committed to delivering socially inclusive outreach and educational productions. Scottish Opera dealt with various financial troubles, related to lack of funding and accusations of fiscal profligacy, during the first part of the 2000s. Its cycle of Richard
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    4 votes
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    Baltimore Opera Company

    The Baltimore Opera Company (BOC) was an opera company in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A., based at the Baltimore Lyric Opera House. On March 12, 2009, the 58-year-old opera company announced plans to pursue Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation. On December 10, 2008, the Baltimore Opera Company had filed a petition under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland. Cited as reasons were "dwindling ticket sales and contributions". Productions of Gioachino Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia and George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, scheduled for March and May, 2009 respectively, were canceled., and ticket-holders did not receive refunds. The former home of the now defunct BOC, the Lyric Opera House, is a music venue modeled after the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. The building was inaugurated on October 31, 1894, with a performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Australian opera singer Nellie Melba as the featured soloist. Not long after, Enrico Caruso appeared there with the Metropolitan Opera in a performance of Flotow's Martha. One former opera singer for the Baltimore Opera is Mike Rowe, now well known as the television host of
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    3 votes
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    College Light Opera Company

    College Light Opera Company

    The College Light Opera Company (CLOC) is an educational summer stock theatre company based in Falmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. It produces and performs 9 shows during a 9 week season each summer, including two Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas, with performances taking place in the town's the historic Highfield Theatre. The College Light Opera Company was founded by D. Thomas Tull and Robert Haslun in 1969 immediately following the demise of the Oberlin College Gilbert & Sullivan Players who had performed in Falmouth from 1953 to 1966 Haslun had been an Oberlin College student himself and went on to become Secretary of the College, a post which he held from 1978 to 2007. Although many Oberlin students still participate in College Light Opera Company each summer, it is no longer officially associated with Oberlin College nor is it solely a Gilbert and Sullivan troupe. The company's repertoire now also includes comic operas and operettas by other composers as well as contemporary and classic Broadway musicals such as Evita, Jekyll & Hyde, Brigadoon, and Carousel. CLOC is currently run by a Board of Trustees with Robert and Ursula Haslun as the producers. Its aim is to provide
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    3 votes
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    Damrosch Opera Company

    The Damrosch Opera Company was an American opera company which existed from 1894 until 1900. The company was organized by Walter Damrosch, and was meant to present German opera; in this capacity it did much to advance the cause of Richard Wagner's music in the United States. Damrosch created the company to combat what he perceived to be the growing apathy, post-1890, of the general opera-going public to German opera. More specifically, his complaints were aimed against the management of the Metropolitan Opera. The immediate impetus of the company's founding came when, in 1894, Damrosch presented concert performances of Götterdämmerung and Die Walküre. Damrosch raised money for the company by selling his house in New York City, and he spent the summer of 1894 travelling Europe to recruit singers. Among those with whom he signed contracts were Johanna Gadski and Rosa Sucher, both of whom made their American debuts with the company; others included Max Alvary and Emil Fischer. The company opened its eight-week season in New York with a performance of Tristan und Isolde at the Metropolitan Opera, on February 25, 1895. Following this was an extensive tour; the season netted a profit of
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    New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players

    New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players is a professional repertory theatre company, based in New York City that has specialized in the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan (G&S) for over 35 years. It performs an annual season, usually at New York City Center, and tours extensively in North America. Beginning in New York City in 1974 by performing the Savoy operas with piano accompaniment, the company hired its first orchestra in 1979 for its seasons at Symphony Space theatre in New York. The company was fully professional by the 1980s and began touring, presenting its full-scale productions at such venues as Wolf Trap in Virginia, as well as its New York seasons. In 2002, the company first rented 2,750-seat City Center. It also performs at schools and has smaller touring groups. Albert Bergeret founded the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players (NYGASP) in 1974, together with his wife, Gail Wofford (they married in 1978), Lucian Russell and a few others. Bergeret, Wofford, Russell and most of the other founders were alumni of the Barnard Gilbert and Sullivan Society, a New York City college theatre group that presented the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan at Columbia University from
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    3 votes
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    Opera in the Heights

    Opera in the Heights

    Opera in the Heights is a non-profit, regional opera company, which is housed in the historic Lambert Hall at 1703 Heights Boulevard in Houston, Texas. Opera in the Heights held its first Gala Opera Evening, a Fledermaus Party, in Lambert Hall on April 12, 1996. A few days later, an arsonist set fire to Lambert Hall, having poured flammables onto the piano and the backstage storage. A neighbor saw the fire in the early morning, and called the fire department, which arrived in minutes and saved the building. Opera in the Heights held its next performance, a Gala II Concert, on May 11, 1996, with curtains hanging over fire-damaged walls. Clean-up from the fire was financed by this benefit concert, a dinner party, and the generosity of company members and neighbors.
    8.33
    3 votes
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    Opera of the Nobility

    The Opera of the Nobility was an opera company set up and funded in 1733 by a group of nobles (under Frederick, Prince of Wales) opposed to George II of England, in order to rival the (Second) Royal Academy of Music company under Handel (backed by George II and his queen). Nicola Porpora was invited to be its musical director and Owen Swiny considered as its talent scout. The company had Senesino (who had fallen out with Handel) as its lead singer and was based at a theatre at Lincoln's Inn Fields under John Rich which had become available on Rich's opening of the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. The company was not a success in its initial 1733-34 season. Though Farinelli joined it late in the season and thus made it financially solvent, he was unable to prevent its eventual bankruptcy. At the end of its initial season it took over the King's Theatre from Handel. The company went bankrupt and was dissolved in 1737 (shortly after appointing Giovanni Battista Pescetti its musical director), but not before it had poached some of Handel's best singers such as Francesca Cuzzoni and Antonio Montagnana and forced his company into bankruptcy too. The remnants of the two companies combined at
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    3 votes
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    Portland Opera

    Portland Opera

    Portland Opera is an American opera company based at The Hampton Opera Center in Portland, Oregon. Its mainstage performances take place in the Keller Auditorium, while the Portland Opera Studio Theater at the Hampton center is used for performances of chamber operas. Portland Opera was one of the first opera companies to introduce surtitles in its productions, and has presented several world and US premieres. Portland Opera was founded as the Portland Opera Association in 1964 by the conductor Henry Holt. Its first performance was Strauss' Die Fledermaus, the only opera presented that season. Holt served as the company's General Director for the first two years of existence. The General Director post was next held by the Austrian conductor Herbert Weiskopf, who died of a heart attack in March 1970 after conducting a performance of Lucia di Lammermoor. The conductor Stefan Minde then took over as General Director and served until 1984, followed by Robert Bailey, a stage director, and National Public Radio's first Director of Culture Programming, who served until 2003. As of 2009, the General Director is Christopher Mattaliano, stage director and former Artistic Director of the Pine
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    3 votes
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    Washington Savoyards

    Washington Savoyards is the only professional light opera repertory performing company based in Washington, DC. Founded in 1972, the company annually produces three fully staged works of light opera, operetta, and musical theatre, including at least one Gilbert and Sullivan production each year. It performs at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. The company was formed in 1972 as the Montgomery Savoyards but changed its name in 1981, since its performers, musicians and patrons are drawn from all over the Washington, DC metropolitan area. For its first three decades, the company performed primarily the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. It began performing in church halls and a high school. In 1982, it moved to the Trinity Theatre in Georgetown, Washington. In 1987, it transferred to the Duke Ellington Theatre at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts, also in Georgetown, which served as its home for ten years. By 2003, the company decided to expand its repertoire beyond the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, to produce at least three shows a year, and to find a new theatre. The first non-Gilbert and Sullivan piece produced by the company was Jacques Offenbach's La Périchole, during the
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    3 votes
    45
    Opera Pacific

    Opera Pacific

    Opera Pacific was an opera company located in the Orange County, California, United States city of Santa Ana. It operated for 22 seasons before closing in 2008 after several seasons of deepening financial difficulties. The first season began in 1985 with David DiChiera as General Director (until 1996), though the company traces its roots to 1962 and the annual Festival of Opera Association in Laguna Beach, where productions were performed in late summer at the Irvine Bowl, in English. In order to promote expansion, the Opera League of Laguna Beach was established to "encourage, support and sustain interest in the Festival of Opera." The first productions included such traditional repertory as Madame Butterfly, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Barber of Seville; I Pagliacci and The Devil and Daniel Webster were presented as a double billing during the 1965 season. In the early 1980s members of the Opera Leaque, along with other opera aficionados throughout Orange County, combined to form the core audience for the anticipated opening of the Orange County Performing Arts Center in neighboring Costa Mesa, at which time Opera Pacific was incorporated. Opera Pacific has been host to many
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    2 votes
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    Brooklyn Repertory Opera

    The Brooklyn Repertory Opera is a Park Slope, Brooklyn-based opera company founded in 2006 by artistic director Kathleen Keske and executive director Brett Wynkoop. The company formed to produce the world premier of the two act version of a new opera, A.F.R.A.I.D. based upon the life of Fanny Fern by composer/librettist Susan Stoderl, after having a successful run of the one act version of A.F.R.A.I.D. in the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival. In February of 2010, BRO will world premiere another Stoderl opera, The Veil of Forgetfulness. BRO performs in a former bathhouse and landmark building, known as the Brooklyn Lyceum. Beginning in June 2007, the company began performing public domain works from the standard repertoire: Così fan tutte, Fidelio, Cavalleria rusticana, Hänsel und Gretel, Le nozze di Figaro, Orfeo ed Euridice, Un ballo in maschera, and Ariadne auf Naxos, all in English translations for the purpose of making opera accessible to a wider audience. Conductors who have worked with Brooklyn Repertory Opera are Hardin Butcher, Stephen Francis Vasta, Conrad Chu, Yoon Jae Lee, Roger Malouf, Christopher Fecteau, Harry Saltzman, Francesco Lecce-Chong, and Jason
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    Little Opera Company

    The Little Opera Company (LOC) is a semi-professional chamber opera company based in London, founded in 2007. The LOC was created with the aim of bringing opera to new audiences, particularly young people, and to challenge traditional stereotypes of opera and opera singers. It offers performance opportunities to young singers, particularly those who have just finished music college, and who often struggle to find work with established opera companies. It also aims to foster young talent in other professions involved in opera, by giving experience to aspiring directors, designers, conductors and instrumentalists. The LOC supports new music and has commissioned a new one-act opera by composer Christopher Meux. As well as fully staged productions, the LOC undertakes a programme of smaller events including chamber concerts and private functions. The Little Opera Company was founded in 2007 by Felicity Brown and Celena Bridge, two recent graduates of the Royal Academy of Music, who both teach singing at Queen's College, London, an independent girls' school on Harley Street. With the support of the school, the first full-scale production took place in May 2008: 'Opera Tableaux', a
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    4 votes
    48
    Mikhaylovsky Theatre

    Mikhaylovsky Theatre

    The Mikhaylovsky Theatre (Mikhailovsky, as stated on the official website, Михайловский театр) is one of the oldest opera and ballet houses in Russia. It was founded in 1833 and is situated in a historical building on the Arts Square in St. Petersburg. It is named after Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich of Russia. The theatre was established in 1833 by decree of Tsar Nicholas I. Before the 1917 Revolution, the Mikhailovsky did not have its own resident company. Performances were given either by a French company, hired by the Russian Imperial Theatres or at the end of the century by the Mariinsky Theatre and Alexandrinsky Theatre companies. Most of the great French actors of the period were invited to perform at the theatre: Those appearing included Jeanne Sylvanie Arnould-Plessy, Rachel Félix, Lucien Guitry, and Sarah Bernhardt, as well as singers such as Hortense Schneider. Both Classical and contemporary authors and composers had their works produced to great acclaim in French. Plays by Molière, Victor Hugo, Victorien Sardou, and Alexandre Dumas, fils and operettas by Jacques Offenbach were praised by the intelligentsia and the Russian aristocracy, such as Tolstoy and
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    4 votes
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    Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

    Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) is a summer opera festival held in St. Louis, Missouri. Typically four operas, all sung in English, are presented each season, which runs from late May to late June. Performances are accompanied by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, which is divided into two ensembles, each covering two of the operas, for the season. The company's performances are presented in the Loretto-Hilton Center on the campus of Webster University. In 2005, OTSL adopted projected English-language supertitles in the theatre. OTSL was founded in 1976 by Richard Gaddes, who at the time was working at the Santa Fe Opera, along with a group of opera enthusiasts who wished to see festival-quality opera in the St. Louis area. The model for OTSL was the Santa Fe Opera, as Gaddes noted: "That was not a coincidence. I always say that John Crosby sired the Opera Theater of St. Louis. The whole concept was modeled on Santa Fe, and part of the idea was that the apprentices here would feed into St. Louis. Which they did." The first season in 1976 presented eleven performances of Britten's Albert Herring, Mozart's The Impresario, Menotti's The Medium, and Donizetti's Don Pasquale, a
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    4 votes
    50

    Palm Beach Opera, Florida

    • Operas Produced: La figlia del mago
    Palm Beach Opera, a professional opera company in West Palm Beach, Florida performs at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts as well as other locations throughout South Florida, was founded in 1961 as "Civic Opera of the Palm Beaches." Over its history, the company has presented a season of fully staged operas ranging from a single production in early years to four beginning in the mid-1990s; in lieu of a fourth production in the 2009-2010 season, the company scheduled a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with soloists including Ruth Ann Swenson. Works presented are primarily drawn from the Italian and, to a noticeable but lesser degree, French standard repertory; in 45 years, the company mounted La bohème eight times, La Traviata seven, Rigoletto six, and Carmen five, but among German operas only two productions of Hänsel und Gretel and a single production each of Fidelio, Der fliegende Holländer, and Tannhäuser. On occasion, however, the company has ventured somewhat farther afield with works such as Dialogues of the Carmelites and Fedora. The company also sponsors an annual competition for young singers, with the final round programmed as the season closer. In the
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    4 votes
    51
    Seattle Opera

    Seattle Opera

    The Seattle Opera is an opera company located in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1963 by Glynn Ross, who served as the company's first general director through 1983, Seattle Opera's season runs from August to late May, with five or six operas offered and with eight to ten performances each, often with double casts in major roles to allow for successive evening presentations. The second, and current, general director of Seattle Opera since 1983 is Speight Jenkins. Since August 2003, the company has presented operas in the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, built on the site of the old Seattle Opera House at the Seattle Center. The company does not have a full-time music director. In October 2007, Seattle Opera announced the appointment of Asher Fisch as the company's principal guest conductor. From the outset, Ross saw opera as something that had to be sold using similar techniques to those used to sell popular entertainment. "To sell opera…you have to get their attention with a little razzle-dazzle. You've got to be simpatico. You have to be able to communicate, and you have to deliver your message with the best possible product you can manage." In 1970, H. C. Schonberg of the New York
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    4 votes
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    Opera Omaha

    Opera Omaha is an opera company in Omaha, Nebraska. It is well known for premiering Wakonda's Dream, a contemporary opera about Native Americans set in the Niobrara. "Opera Omaha began in 1958 as the Omaha Civic Opera Society, a volunteer association, and with tremendous community support became fully professional by 1970. Opera Omaha produces a season of original mainstage productions, presented at the historic Orpheum Theater, and smaller productions and musical events throughout the community. Opera Omaha is internationally known for productions of eight world premieres and four American premieres of classical masterpieces, and is highly regarded regionally for an extensive education and outreach program that annually reaches as many as 15,000 people from elementary school through adulthood." The organization's 2011-2012 season includes four productions. The first is a greatest-hits style concert titled, "This is Opera" at Omaha's Orpheum Theatre on October 15, 2011. Second, November 11–13, 2011, is a one-hour version of Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel & Gretel" including performances in the preceding week for local school groups at Omaha's historic children's theatre, The
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    5 votes
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    Connecticut Lyric Opera

    The Connecticut Lyric Opera, founded in 2003 by a group of professional musicians and opera-lovers and based in New London, Connecticut, is now the only full-season opera company in Southeastern Connecticut. http://www.ctlyricopera.org/
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    3 votes
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    Opéra de Marseille

    Opéra de Marseille

    L’Opéra de Marseille, known today as the Opéra Municipal, is an opera company located in Marseille, France. In 1685, the city was the second in France after Bordeaux to have an opera house which was erected on a tennis court. However, the first real theatre, the Grand-Théâtre or Salle Bauveau was constructed in 1787. During its period of great opulence following the Revolution, it was the site of many major opera presentations, including Verdi’s Rigoletto and Il Trovatore in 1860 and performances in 1866 of Lucia di Lammermoor and Il Barbiere di Siviglia by the famous soprano, Adelina Patti. Also, French premieres of major operatic works were given in the theatre: these include Aida (1877), La Fanciulla del West (1912), and an historic performance by Dame Nellie Melba in Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet in 1890. Some years following the installation of electricity, in November 1919 a fire destroyed the eighteenth century theatre, leaving only its shell and an exterior stone colonnade. The present day opera house, the Opéra Municipal de Marseille, dates from its opening on 4 December 1924. It seats 1,800. It features a classic urn-shaped auditorium, three rings of boxes, two balconies and a
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    Opera San Jose

    Opera San José is the professional opera company in San Jose, California, United States, founded in 1984 by Irene Dalis. In 1988, it formed a resident company of principal artists, for which it has purchased fourteen apartment units to provide rent-free accommodation. Until 2004, the company performed in the Montgomery Theater in San Jose's Civic Auditorium complex, but since then it has performed in the remodeled California Theatre, now a performing arts venue in the city. One of the keys to the company's success over the years has been its fiscal prudence. In 1988, Opera San José formed a resident company of principal artists, for which it provides rent-free accommodation. These artists are typically promising singers in the early years of their career. They are given annual contracts & coaching and are expected to fill leading roles in the company's performances. This program is modeled after similar programs in German regional opera companies. The following artists are current members of the resident company: The following artists have been in the resident company of Opera San José: Betany Coffland, Michael Dailey, Khori Dastoor, Jason Detwiler, Adam Flowers, Susan Gundunas,
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    3 votes
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    Savoy Company

    Savoy Company

    Founded in 1901, The Savoy Company is the oldest amateur theater company in the world dedicated solely to the production of the 13 surviving operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Savoy Company has performed at the spacious Academy of Music (since 1926, where it is the oldest tenant) and Longwood Gardens, where it was invited by founder Pierre S. du Pont. The company gives Philadelphia audiences an opportunity to see full-blown productions of the Gilbert and Sullivan works with full orchestra and comparatively opulent production values, compared with most amateur theatre groups. The company's productions typically reach an annual audience of approximately 8,000 people through two performances at the Academy of Music, one of the oldest grand opera houses in the country, and two performances at the outdoor theater within Longwood Gardens, located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Since 1901, The Savoy Company has been an important part of Philadelphia's cultural, philanthropic, and social arenas. The Company donates the net proceeds from its performances to local charitable organizations. In the past fifteen years, The Savoy Company has donated over
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    4 votes
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    Ohio Light Opera

    Ohio Light Opera

    The Ohio Light Opera is a professional opera company based in Wooster, Ohio that performs the light opera repertory, including Gilbert and Sullivan, American, British and continental operettas, and other musical theatre works, especially of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The company is also known for its recordings of these works. The Ohio Light Opera was founded as a cultural and educational endeavor at the College of Wooster in 1979 and has been owned and operated since its inception by the College of Wooster. It grew out of the Kent State Light Opera, which was founded by James Stuart, formerly of the American Savoyards. When the Kent group ended, it was soon transferred to Wooster, with Stuart continuing as its guiding force. The company performs the entire Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire, as well as rarely performed American, British, and continental operettas, Edwardian musical comedies and other musical theatre, mostly of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Educationally, the company offers young, talented vocalists and instrumentalists the opportunity to perform in a professional setting. Tenor Chad Shelton performed with the company during the early part of
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    Virginia Opera

    Virginia Opera is an opera company based in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Organized in 1974 by a group of Norfolk, Virginia community volunteers, Virginia Opera presented its first productions in 1975 and in the intervening four decades has become known and respected nationwide for the identification and presentation of the finest young artists, for the musical and dramatic integrity of its productions, and for the ingenuity and variety of its education and outreach programs. In March 1994, by unanimous vote of the Virginia General Assembly, Virginia Opera was named The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia in recognition of the organization's contribution to the Commonwealth, and to the world of opera. Virginia Opera currently presents four productions a year at three different Virginia venues – Norfolk's Harrison Opera House, Richmond's Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, and George Mason University's Center for the Arts in Fairfax. The company's first three seasons were limited to Norfolk. Expansion to Richmond began in 1977 with the encouragement of then-Governor Mills Godwin and Mrs. T. Fleetwood (Anna) Garner, under whose leadership The Richmond
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    Chicago Opera Theater

    Chicago Opera Theater

    The Chicago Opera Theater (COT) is an opera company that was founded as the Chicago Opera Studio in 1974 by Alan Stone to give vocal students performance experience, although it has grown into a professional opera company. The stated mission of COT is to provide first class productions of operatic repertoire that include the greatest works of the 17th through 20th centuries, and in the past it has had an emphasis on American composers and performers who sing in English. Currently, COT extends the Chicago opera season by scheduling its performances after the Lyric Opera of Chicago's season ends in spring. The company's home is the 1,525-seat Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago's Millennium Park. The Harris Theater was built in 2003 as a mostly underground, state-of-the-art downtown performance facility, and is also home to the Hubbard Street Dance Company. Prior to the 2004 season, COT was most recently at the Athenaeum Theatre on the city's north side. Andreas Mitisek is the new General Director of COT, succeeding Brian Dickie, whose last opera is the 2012 production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Mitisek also serves as the Artistic and General Director of Long Beach Opera,
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    Garsington Opera

    Garsington Opera

    Garsington Opera is an annual open air summer opera festival founded in 1989 by Leonard Ingrams. For twenty one years it was held in the gardens of Leonard Ingrams' home at Garsington Manor in Oxfordshire. Since 2011 the festival is now held in Wormsley Park, the home of the Getty family near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, England. After Leonard Ingrams' death in 2005 Anthony Whitworth-Jones became its General Director. A characteristic feature of Garsington Opera's programming has been the combination of well known operas with discoveries of little known works. These have included the British premieres of Richard Strauss' Die ägyptische Helena, Rossini’s La gazzetta and L'equivoco stravagante, and Vivaldi's L'incoronazione di Dario. The festival also gave the first British professional productions of Haydn's La vera costanza, Strauss' Die Liebe der Danae, Janáček's Šárka, and Tchaikovsky's Cherevichki. Performances take place in the specially designed seasonal Opera Pavilion from within which it is possible to view the surrounding landscape. This maintains the link with the outside, a tradition at Garsington Opera. Opera-goers are served champagne before the performances, which
    7.67
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    Los Angeles Opera

    Los Angeles Opera

    • Operas Produced: La rondine by Giacomo Puccini - Third version completed by Lorenzo Ferrero
    The Los Angeles Opera is an American opera company in Los Angeles, California. It is the fourth-largest opera company in the United States. The company's home base is the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, part of the Los Angeles Music Center. Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo has been general director since 2003. To date, he has sung 24 different roles with the company including, most recently, the baritone role of Francesco Foscari in Verdi's I due Foscari (September 2012), as well as Pablo Neruda in Daniel Catan's Il Postino, Siegmund in Die Walküre, Vidal Hernando in Luisa Fernanda, and the title roles in Simon Boccanegra, Tamerlano, Idomeneo and Parsifal. He has also conducted 13 different operas and numerous concerts with the company. American conductor James Conlon has been Music Director since 2006, succeeding Kent Nagano, who held the official title of "Principal Conductor" from 2001–2003 and then became Music Director. Grant Gershon became Resident Conductor as of the 2012–13 season, after previously serving as Associate Conductor/Chorus Master since 2007. Previous conductors in residence included William Vendice, Head of Music Staff/Chorus Master, from 1995 to 2007;
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    National Opera and Ballet Sofia

    The National Opera and Ballet Sofia is an opera and ballet company located in Sofia Bulgaria. It was founded in 1890 in the Western European and Russian opera theatre traditions following the collapse of Ottoman domination. As the company evolved under the ensemble system and style, the permanent troupe of soloists, choir, orchestra, ballet, technical and production teams produced up to 10 opera and ballet premieres a year, in addition to concert programs. Gradually, the basic repertory of world opera classics was established at the same time as the theatre began to attract Bulgarian composers who created new national works. 20th Century performers such as Nicolai Ghiaurov, Nicola Ghiuselev, and Ghena Dimitrova began their careers within the structure of the National Opera. As with many international companies, in 2000, the company co-organized the 'Boris Christoff' Twelfth International Competition for Young Opera Singers with the idea of attracting a younger audience and supporting young and upcoming singers.
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    Pacific Opera

    Pacific Opera is an opera company based in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 2003 by Sylvie Renaud-Calmel and Christine Douglas, the current Artistic Director, the company has an annual Young Artist Program for emerging opera singers aged 18–33, which integrates coachings, rehearsals and stage craft with numerous public and private performance opportunities. An annual opera production offers role practice to the young artists and employment for young industry professionals including designers, orchestral musicians, repetiteurs, conductors and directors. The company has a strong track record of fundraising and has attracted a loyal fan base, interested in following the careers of its talented young artists, past and present.
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    Union Avenue Opera Theatre

    Union Avenue Opera (previously Union Avenue Opera Theatre) is an opera company based in St. Louis, Missouri. The company was founded in 1994 by Scott Schoonover, the music director of Union Avenue Christian Church, which serves as the company's venue in St. Louis' Central West End. In the summer of 1995, Scott Schoonover, with the support of the Arts Group of Union Avenue Christian Church and on a shoestring budget, mounted Union Avenue Opera Theatre's first production: Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and since that time UAOT became an integral part of the St. Louis arts community. After two seasons of smaller productions from lesser known operatic repertoire, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Schoonover produced a full-scale production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, sung in English, in 1998. This production spurred increased audience attendance as well as a growing donor base. Professional singers from beyond St. Louis took an interest in auditioning for the company as well, causing the company to expand its audition cities to Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City. Early seasons featured operas either in English or foreign language works sung in
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    Indianapolis Opera

    The only professional opera company in Indiana, the Indianapolis Opera hosts three fully staged productions a season in addition to supporting a Young Artist Program and various local events. The company is led by Executive Director, John Pickett, and Artistic Director, James Caraher. "Indianapolis Opera has presented 109 operatic productions representing the work of 32 different composers, including 13 composers who wrote in the 20th century. Selected works range from standard classics to new and/or less-performed works, balancing musical style and language as well as comedy and tragedy." "In 2008 local business person, Bill Oesterle, purchased the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church building in the Indianapolis Meridian Kessler neighborhood and leased it to the Indianapolis Opera to use for rehearsals, educational programming and smaller performances. Major performances remain at Butler University's Clowes Memorial Hall.
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    Manhattan Opera Company

    The Manhattan Opera Company was an opera company based in New York City. Active from 1906 until 1910, it was founded by Oscar Hammerstein I. The company began operations in 1906 at the Manhattan Opera House on 34th Street in New York City. Hammerstein built the house with the initial intent of making it a home for performances solely of opera in English; before construction was completed, however, he chose to shift the company's focus, deciding instead to present great operas in their original languages. The casts were to be drawn from the ranks of the greatest singers of the era. William Guard was hired to be the company's press representative, remaining in that capacity until the organization folded. The Manhattan Opera Company opened its first season on December 3, 1906, with a performance of Vincenzo Bellini's Norma; Cleofonte Campanini served as the artistic director. Many of the greatest opera stars of the era appeared with the company during its four year history; among the most notable were Nellie Melba, Lillian Nordica, Luisa Tetrazzini, Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Giovanni Zenatello, Lina Cavalieri, Mary Garden, John McCormack, Lalla Miranda, Alessandro Bonci, Charles
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    Opéra National de Paris

    Opéra National de Paris

    Opéra National de Paris is the leading opera company of France. It stages performances at the Opéra Bastille and Opéra Garnier in Paris. Other opera houses in Paris are the Théâtre du Châtelet, Opéra-Comique and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. King Louis XIV gave a patent to Jean-Baptiste Lully to establish the Académie Royale de Musique in 1672, the great institution of French theatrical art comprising opera, ballet, and music. Although the opera held its own company upon its founding in 1669, the ballet of that time was merely an extension of it, having yet to evolve into an independent form of theatrical art. However Louis XIV, one of the great architects of baroque ballet (the artform which would one day evolve into classical ballet), established the ballet school in 1661 as the Académie Royale de Danse. From 1671 until Lully's death in 1687, the school was under the direction of the great dancing master Pierre Beauchamp, the man who set down the five positions of the feet. In 1713 King Louis XIV made the Opera company a state institution, including a resident company of professional dancers known as Le Ballet de l'Opéra. From that time until the inauguration of the Palais Garnier
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    Phoenix Metropolitan Opera

    Phoenix Metropolitan Opera

    The Phoenix Opera is a professional opera company located in Phoenix, Arizona and is an affiliate member of OPERA America. The company was founded under the name the Phoenix Metropolitan Opera in 2006 by Artistic Director John Massaro and Creative Director Gail Dubinbaum. Massaro and Dubinbaum are married and have both had highly successful musical careers, working with such prestigious companies as the Metropolitan Opera among others. The 2007 inaugural season included only one fully staged opera, Puccini's La Bohème. In 2008/09, the company presented two fully staged productions: Verdi's Aida and Puccini's Tosca. In the 2009/10 season the company presented Carmen and Madama Butterfly conducted by Massaro. In the 2010/11 season the company will present The Magic Flute and La Traviata. The company performs all of its productions at the Orpheum Theatre (Phoenix). Notable artists to have sung with the company include soprano Marie Te Hapuku, Fabiana Bravo, Mauro Augustini and Donnie Ray Albert.
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    Salt Marsh Opera

    Salt Marsh Opera is a U.S. non-profit opera company that performs across southern Connecticut and Rhode Island. Founded in 2000 and based in Stonington, Connecticut, Salt Marsh Opera has offered productions of Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Cosi fan tutte, The Mikado, La bohème, La traviata, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Lucia di Lammermoor. It also stages full-dress rehearsals and hosts lectures and soirees to expand public appreciation of opera.
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    Edmonton Opera

    The Edmonton Opera is a Canadian professional opera company in Edmonton, Alberta, it performs in the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. The opera was founded in 1963 as the Edmonton Professional Opera Association. The name was latter shortened to the current name in 1966. It was born out of its predecessor the Edmonton Amateur Operatic Society which formed in 1904 by Vernon Barford. The Edmonton Professional Opera Association first presentation was Madama Butterfly in 1963. David Ker was the first president, and the first general manager was Barry Thompson (1969-73). One of the Edmonton Opera's biggest performances were between 1973-84, doing more than 200 performances per year.
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    New York Shakespeare Festival

    • Operas Produced: The Pirates of Penzance
    New York Shakespeare Festival is the previous name of the New York City theatrical producing organization now known as the Public Theater. The Festival produced shows at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, as part of its free Shakespeare in the Park series, at the Public Theatre near Astor Place in downtown Manhattan and, for a time, at Vivian Beaumont and Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatres in Lincoln Center. For some years the official name of the company was "The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival." Under new re-organization and branding, the Public has dropped "NYSF" from its name, and has labelled its Delacorte operations as simply Shakespeare in the Park. The phenomenon of free Shakespeare in New York was pioneered and brought into being by the visionary entrepreneur Joseph Papp, who founded the Festival. "Shakespeare in the Park" is an annual theater festival held in the summer in New York City's Central Park. All tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are free, which contributes to the popularity of the event. Long queues for free tickets are common sights near the Great Lawn of Central Park, particularly during the last weekend of a show's run and during productions with
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    Fort Worth Opera

    According to the company, Fort Worth Opera is the oldest, continually performing opera company in the state of Texas and among the oldest in the United States. While originally presenting operas one at a time over a fall/winter season, it changed to a "festival" format in 2007. It now performs 3-4 operas per year each spring in Bass Performance Hall located in the downtown area of Fort Worth, Texas. The Fort Worth Civic Opera Association, now known as Fort Worth Opera, was founded by three women, Eloise MacDonald Snyder and Betty Spain, both former opera singers, and pianist and composer Jeanne Axtell Walker. In seven months, the trio pulled together a full scale production of Verdi's La Traviata, performed on November 25, 1946 in a building now known as the Cowtown Coliseum located in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The new association went through several management changes before it hired Rudolf Kruger as the musical director in 1955. Under Kruger’s guidance, Fort Worth Opera went on to become an arts company of note, especially during the 1960s, when it helped launch the careers of Placido Domingo and Beverly Sills. In 1982, the Fort Worth Opera executive board moved to reduce
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    Lyric Opera San Diego

    Lyric Opera San Diego is a San Diego, California based theatre company specialising in Comic opera, Operetta, and Musical theatre. The company was founded in 1979, primarily for the purpose of performing Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. At the time it was known as the San Diego Gilbert and Sullivan Company. The focus of the company changed in 1990, when Leon Natker was hired as General Director, and the company was renamed San Diego Comic Opera. The mission was revised: “To provide a regional model for the production of Comic Opera, Operetta, and Musical Theater that develops new generations of artists and audiences by producing a season of fully mounted productions and education programs.” In the years following, the company has completed 14 of 15 seasons in the black, while increasing its annual budget from $96,000 to more than $800,000. It has expanded its repertoire from Gilbert and Sullivan to include musical theatre, song revue programs, comic operas, and operettas. All productions are in English. The company has also seen an increase in ticket sales and the number of community sponsors. The average percentage of seats sold per performance has increased from 40 percent in
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    National Negro Opera Company

    National Negro Opera Company

    The National Negro Opera Company (1941–1962) was the first African-American opera company in the United States. Organized in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, under the direction of Mary Cardwell Dawson, the company was resident in a Queen Anne-style house at 7101 Apple Street in the city's Homewood neighborhood. Dawson launched NNOC in 1941 with a performance at Pittsburgh's Syria Mosque. The star was La Julia Rhea, and other members included Minto Cato, Carol Brice, Robert McFerrin, and Lillian Evanti. During its 21-year run NNOC also mounted productions in Washington D.C., New York City, and Chicago. The company disbanded in 1962 upon Dawson's death.
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    Oper Leipzig

    Oper Leipzig

    Oper Leipzig is an opera house and opera company in Leipzig, Germany. The Leipzig Opera traces its establishment to the year 1693, making it the third oldest opera venue in Europe after La Fenice (Venice, Italy) and the Hamburg State Opera (Hamburg, Germany). The director of many of those early operas was Telemann. The Leipzig Opera does not have its own opera orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra performs as the orchestra for the opera. This relationship dates back to 1766, with performances of the Singspiel Die verwandelten Weiber, oder Der Teufel ist los by Johann Adam Hiller. The previous theater (the "Neues Theater") was inaugurated on January 28, 1868, with Jubilee Overture by Carl Maria von Weber and the overture for Iphigénie en Aulide by Gluck and Goethe's play Iphigenia in Tauris. From 1886 to 1888, Gustav Mahler was the second conductor; Arthur Nikisch was his superior. During an air raid in the night of December 3, 1943, the theater was destroyed, as were all Leipzig's theatres. Construction of the modern opera house began in 1956. The theatre was inaugurated on October 8, 1960, with a performance of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. In May 2008, the
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    Opera della Luna

    Opera della Luna

    Opera della Luna, founded in 1994, is a British touring theatre troupe of actor-singers focusing on comic works. Led by artistic director Jeff Clarke, it takes its name from Haydn's operatic setting of Goldoni's farce Il mondo della luna. The company presents innovative, usually zany and irreverent, small-scale productions and adaptations of Gilbert and Sullivan, other comic opera and operetta, in English. Opera della Luna is a registered British charity. The company undertakes two major tours each year, visiting over a hundred mid-scale venues throughout the UK. Occasionally the company has toured overseas. Clarke directs all of the productions, which are small-scale adaptations performed without chorus, accompanied by a small orchestral ensemble. In 1986, Clarke founded The English Players, a touring opera ensemble. Clarke's productions for that company included English-language adaptations of Love in a Village (which toured as far as Denver, Colorado), Boieldieu’s The Caliph of Bagdad and Abu Hassan (two one-act operas presented together), Il mondo della luna and Robinson Crusoé. After four years, Clark disbanded The English Players while he planned for a new, better-funded
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    Opera Holland Park

    Opera Holland Park is a summer opera company which produces an annual season of opera performances staged under a temporary canopy in Holland Park, a public park in a wealthy district of west central London of the same name. The venue is fully covered but is open at the sides. The canopy was installed in 1988 and was initially used for a variety of music. Concerns about noise levels led to an increasing focus on opera from 1989, with productions staged by a variety of small opera companies. For the 2007 season, the theatre was expanded by the addition of a spectacular new canopy underneath which is new seating and other improved facilities. There are now 1,000 seats. As part of a drive to improve artistic standards "Opera Holland Park" was established in 1996 to produce all future productions, and in recent years the company has enjoyed a long string of hits with major achievements in productions of more obscure repertoire such as Mascagni's Iris, Cilea's L'arlesiana, and many others. It is now considered one of the most accomplished non-state opera companies in the UK. The resident orchestra is the City of London Sinfonia. Each season around half a dozen operas are staged. Most of
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    Shreveport Opera

    Shreveport Opera is an opera house and opera company in the city of Shreveport in Louisiana, United States, located on Texas Street. Shreveport Opera began in the late 1940s and has continued for over 60 seasons to the present day. It is the second largest of four opera companies in the state. From its debut in 1949, Shreveport Opera has been the only source of professional quality opera productions in North Louisiana, and it has continuously provided Ark-La-Tex residents with the highest artistic quality programming. Nearly the entire traditional operatic repertoire has been presented over its long history. Shreveport Opera has produced three world premieres and hosted some of the world’s greatest performers including Franco Corelli, Leontyne Price, and Sherrill Milnes, has featured concerts with such well-known singers as Beverly Sills and Placido Domingo, and has enjoyed the wonderful opportunity to help launch the careers of internationally acclaimed stars such as Renee Fleming and Greer Grimsley. Shreveport Opera’s season evolved from a single performance to a season that currently includes three mainstage operas, a national singing competition and a yearly schedule of over
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    American Opera Society

    The American Opera Society (AOS) was a New York City based musical organization that presented concert and semi-staged performances of operas between 1951 and 1970. The company was highly influential in sparking and perpetuating the post World War II bel canto revival, particularly through a number of highly lauded productions of rarely heard works by Gioachino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Vincenzo Bellini. The AOS also presented many operas to the American public for the first time, including the United States premieres of Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd, Giuseppe Verdi's Giovanna d'Arco, George Frideric Handel's Hercules and Hector Berlioz's Les troyens to name just a few. The American Opera Society was founded in 1950 by two young musicians at the Juilliard School: Allen Sven Oxenburg and Arnold Gamson. Oxenburg served as the AOS's Artistic Director throughout the company's entire history. Gamson served as the AOS's Music Director and principal conductor between 1951–1960 and later returned to conduct several performances with the AOS in the late 1960s; including a lauded production of Handel's Giulio Cesare with Montserrat Caballé as Cleopatra in 1967. Composer Samuel Barlow
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    Central City Opera

    Central City Opera is the fifth-oldest opera company in the United States, founded in 1932 by Julie Penrose. Each festival is presented in the 550-seat historic Central City Opera House built in 1878 in the gold mining era town of Central City, Colorado. Pelham G. Pearce was selected in 1996 as Managing Director for Central City Opera, and he was named General/Artistic Director in May 1998, when John Moriarty became Artistic Director Emeritus. Most recent six-week summer festivals have included traditional and progressive works. About forty performances, including those specifically for young people, are presented each season. 2007 marked the 75th anniversary of the company and a single-season move from 3 to 4 opera productions. "Opera à la Carte" (selected ten-minute opera scenes), The Face on the Bar Room Floor (a 30-minute cabaret opera), and Victorian Salon Recitals (solo luncheon performances), are produced alongside the main opera season by assistant directors and apprentice singers as part of the Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program. Successful commissions for the company include the American classic The Ballad of Baby Doe by Douglas Moore, premiered in 1956, the popular
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    Chelsea Opera Company

    Chelsea Opera was founded in April 2004 by Leonarda Priore and Lynne Hayden-Findlay, both singers, who sought to create more performance opportunities with chamber orchestra within the tri-state area. Musical direction since inception has been provided by conductor Carmine Aufiero. In 2008, the company named Michael Megliola as Resident Lighting Designer and Garry Ianco as Orchestral Contractor. Chelsea Opera’s performances to date have included: Suor Angelica, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, Don Giovanni, Gianni Schicchi, The Ballad of Baby Doe, The Scarf, and The Bear. The company’s roster now exceeds 250 artists who have performed principal roles, sung in the ensemble, been involved in design/production, and played in the Chelsea Opera Chamber Orchestra (“COCO”). An encore production of Amahl and the Night Visitors was presented in November 2009, and its first production of Le nozze di Figaro was performed in June 2010. Its November 2010 production of Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied, based on the oral biography of Tom Philpott, garnered an outstanding review from Allan Kozinn of The New York Times and Opera News. The next mainstage production – This is
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    China National Peking Opera Company

    The China National Peking Opera Company (CNPOC; Chinese: 中国国家京剧院), originally named the National Peking Opera Theater of China, is one of the national ensembles of performance arts directly under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China. Situated in Beijing, it was founded in January 1955, with opera performer Mei Lanfang as the first president in its history. The current president is Song Guanlin. As China's premier Peking opera organization, the CNPOC comprises celebrated performers, playwrights, directors, composers and stage designers and has accumulated some of the finest repertoire of productions ranging over the wide diversity of Peking Opera performance styles as well as innovative pioneering works. For decades, the National Peking Opera Company has devoted tremendous resources in restoring and preserving existing operatic repertoires, as well as creating new works of the highest artistic quality. The CNPOC consists of three troupes. First troupe was previously led by current vice-president of the company, the celebrated laosheng-performer Yu Kuizhi. Current head of the first troupe is Li Shengsu, second and third troupe are led by Li
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    Opera Colorado

    Opera Colorado

    Opera Colorado is an opera company located in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1981, it presents an annual season of three to four fully staged productions. Its primary performance venue is the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The company was founded in 1981 (with its first performances in 1983) by husband and wife team Nathaniel Merrill and Louise Sherman, who came to Denver from long careers at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. They had hoped that opera would flourish in Denver, but there was no suitable venue, and performances were given in the in-the-round Boettcher Hall, a part of in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and used primarily as a concert hall. In spite of the location, many international opera stars appeared in Denver. These included Plácido Domingo, Catherine Malfitano, James McCracken, and Pilar Lorengar in the first season. Following seasons have seen Justino Diaz, Eva Marton, Cornell MacNeil, James Morris, Sherrill Milnes, and Samuel Ramey appear in Opera Colorado productions. James Robinson was appointed Artistic Director of the company in 2000. Robinson's work has been seen at many opera houses including New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand
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    Opera for the Young

    Opera for the Young is a professional, touring opera company based in Madison, Wisconsin. Founded in 1970, it brings professional opera programs to elementary schools throughout the Midwest during its spring and fall tours. With nearly 200 performances, reaching approximately 70,000 children annually, Opera for the Young can be counted among the largest opera outreach programs in the nation. Opera for the Young’s repertoire include age appropriate adaptations of Massenet's Cinderella, Mozart's The Magic Flute, Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Dvořák's Rusalka, Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Donizetti's The Elixir of Love, Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, and Orpheus Returns: The Case of the Underworld Zoo with music from Offenbach, Gluck, and Monteverdi. Diane Garton Edie has been the company's Artistic Director and principal adapter of libretti since 1996. Jeffrey Sykes is the Music Director. Dan Plummer is the General Director.
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    Philadelphia La Scala Opera Company

    Philadelphia La Scala Opera Company

    The Philadelphia La Scala Opera Company was an American opera company located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that was actively performing at the Academy of Music between 1925 and 1954. In 1955 the company merged with the Philadelphia Civic Grand Opera Company to form the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company. Founded under the name La Scala Grand Opera Company, the company's first production was of Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata on May 4, 1925 with Josephine Lucchese as Violetta, Dimitri Onofrei as Alfredo, Elia Palma as Giorgio, and Fulgenzio Guerrieri conducting. The company presented fifteen more operas during the 1925-1926 season including Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor (with Rosalinda Rudko-Morini in the title role, Giuseppe Reschiglian as Edgardo, and Emanuel Nugnez as Enrico), Giuseppe Verdi's Aida (with Alice Eversman in the title role and Bernardo de Muro as Radames), Verdi's Rigoletto, Cavalleria rusticana (with Emilia Vergeri as Santuzza), and Pagliacci (with Nicola Zerola as Canio) among others. After its first season, Francesco Pelosi was appointed General Manager and Artistic Director of the company in 1926. For the second season the company was renamed the
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    University College Opera

    University College Opera

    University College Opera, or UCOpera, is the student opera company of University College London. UCOpera is a semi-professional company, distinguishing it from other student opera societies. The operas are staged by professional singers, directors and designers, with the orchestra and chorus drawn from the student body. Founded in 1951, UCOpera is known for its productions of rarely performed operas, including 3 world premières, and 17 British premières. On 10 March 2008 UCOpera staged the UK premiere of Édouard Lalo's Fiesque, at the Bloomsbury Theatre. 2009 saw another British première, Ernest Bloch's Macbeth. The brainchild of the conductor Anthony Addison, (UCL's then Director of Music), University College Opera gave its first performance in 1951 with an all-student production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, followed by Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne. Even in its earliest years, the company's annual repertoire concentrated on rarely performed operas including: Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor (1952), Bizet's Don Procopio (1955) and Lortzing's Der Wildschütz (1958). In 1961, the company staged its first UK premiere, Moniuszko's Halka. During its first 17 years, UCOpera's
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    British Youth Opera

    Since it was founded in 1987, British Youth Opera (BYO) has enabled over a thousand singers, instrumentalists, conductors, directors and production staff to gain experience through its annual September performances and workshop and masterclass series. The company provides training opportunities for highly gifted young people embarking on a career in opera, and many former members of British Youth Opera are now working with major opera companies both in this country and abroad. The company performed the first London performances of Flight by Jonathan Dove in 2008. British Youth Opera was started by Denis Coe MP in 1987 as at that time he perceived a lack of experience on offer for opera singers who were completing their vocal training to actually perform. He felt there was a gap which was being addressed for talented orchestral musicians and actors but not for opera singers. Since that time many of British Youth Opera alumni have gone on to successful careers in opera houses all over the world and are always main prize winners at international competitions. BYO are a stepping stone not only into the profession but also on to the advanced training courses at the Royal Opera House and
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    Dayton Opera

    Dayton Opera is an American opera company based in Dayton, Ohio. The company makes its home at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton where it annually produces three operas and an operatic concert and has an annual budget of approximately $2 million. Thomas Bankston is the General and Artistic Director. The Dayton Opera was founded in 1960 by the opera impresario Lester Freedman, who also led the Toledo Opera company. For 20 years under Freedman, the company produced opera at Dayton's Memorial Hall. From 1981 to 1993 the company operated in partnership with the Michigan Opera Theatre under artistic director David DiChiera and other administrators. In 1996 Dayton Opera entered into a partnership with the Cincinnati Opera, sharing staff including the general director Thomas Bankston. The late 1990s saw the company grow in stature and independence, culminating in a move to the new Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in 2003. Over its history the Dayton Opera has produced a wide repertoire of Italian, French, American and German opera. It has presented many prominent guest stars, including Placido Domingo, Martina Arroyo, and Deborah Voigt, among others. Since 1987 the
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    Guerilla Opera

    Guerilla Opera is an opera company in Boston, Massachusetts specializing in accessible contemporary chamber operas, several of which have been commissioned by the company. As of 2010 its Artistic Directors are Mike Williams and Rudolf Rojahn, its General Manager is Aliana de la Guardia and its director of design and production is Julia Noulin-Mérat. Guerilla Opera performs in the Zack Box Theater at the Boston Conservatory, where it is a resident ensemble.
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    New Orleans Opera

    New Orleans Opera

    Opera has long been part of the musical culture of New Orleans, Louisiana. Operas have regularly been performed in the city since the 1790s, and for the majority of the city's history since the early 19th century, New Orleans has had a resident company regularly performing opera in addition to theaters hosting traveling performers and companies. Operas were staged at a variety of theaters in the city, the first documented in 1776 at the Theatre de la Rue Saint Pierre. The city's most famous opera venue, however, was the New Orleans Opera House, better known in its later decades as the old French Opera House. It was located on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, and opened in 1859. New Orleans' social life, whether high or low, imported or indigenous, found a receptive audience in this cosmopolitan city. The theater burned down in 1919, causing severe disruption in opera in the city. As attempts to arrange finances to rebuild did not succeed, the company disbanded and for a generation most opera in New Orleans was put on by touring companies at various theaters in the city. In 1943, the New Orleans Opera Association was formed, and succeeded in securing a resident company in the
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    San Carlo Opera Company

    The San Carlo Opera Company was the name of two different opera companies active in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century. The first company was founded by impresario Henry Russell; initially as a touring arm of the Teatro di San Carlo of Naples, Italy in 1904. The company soon became its own institution and toured to the Royal Opera, London in the Fall of 1905 and Boston in early 1906. The group remained based in Boston and gave tours annually of mostly Italian operas throughout the United States from 1906-1909 in addition to giving performances in Boston. With the opening of the Boston Opera House in 1909, the company essentially became the seed for the newly formed Boston Opera Company under the leadership of Russell. Notable singers to perform with Russell's San Carlo Opera Company included sopranos Fély Dereyne, Alice Nielsen, Lillian Nordica, and Tarquinia Tarquini; tenors Florencio Constantino, Riccardo Martin, and Umberto Sacchetti; contralto Rosa Olitzka; and bass Andrés de Segurola. The second San Carlo Opera Company was a touring grand opera company founded by the Italian-American impresario Fortune Gallo. Taking over management of a touring
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    Chicago Civic Opera

    The Civic Opera Company (1922–1931) was a Chicago company that produced seven seasons of grand opera in the Auditorium Theater from 1922 to 1928, and three seasons at its own Civic Opera House from 1929 to 1931 before falling victim to financial difficulties brought on in part by the Great Depression. The Civic Opera was actually formed by reorganizing the bankrupt of the Chicago Opera Association in 1921. Opera Association general manager Harold F. McCormick resigned and was replaced by utilities magnate Samuel Insull, while sixteen of the eighteen directors were carried over from the old company. The new Civic Opera also fell heir to Mary Garden as musical director as well as all of the costumes, scenery, and other resources of the defunct Opera Association. The Civic Opera Company was Chicago's first real world class Opera Company, it was also a "democratic" opera company, aiming for a popular audience. Productions were supposed to based upon what the people wanted, though they actually turned out to be the Italian repertory that the sponsors and the executives favored and the modern French operas beloved of reigning diva Mary Garden, while German works and operetta were sadly
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    Chicago Grand Opera Company

    Two grand opera companies in Chicago have gone by the name Chicago Grand Opera Company The first Chicago Grand Opera Company produced four seasons of opera in Chicago’s Auditorium Theater from the Fall of 1910 through November 1915. It was the first resident Chicago opera company. The company also spent several months each year performing in the city of Philadelphia where it performed at the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House under the name the Philadelphia-Chicago Grand Opera Company in order to "satisfy the civic pride" of that city. The company notably presented the world premieres of Victor Herbert's Natoma (1911) and Attilio Parelli's I dispettosi amanti (1912). The company also mounted the United States premieres of Jean Nouguès's Quo vadis (1911), Karl Goldmark's Das Heimchen am Herd (1912), and Alberto Franchetti's Cristoforo Colombo (1913). Notable performers who sang with the company included Paul Althouse, Marguerite Bériza, Armand Crabbé, Charles Dalmorès, Enrica Clay Dillon, Jenny Dufau, Hector Dufranne, Minnie Egener, Amy Evans, Mary Garden, Jeanne Gerville-Réache, Orville Harrold, Gustave Huberdeau, Frances Ingram, Lydia Lipkowska, Vanni Marcoux, Carmen Melis,
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    Cleveland Opera

    Cleveland Opera was Cleveland, Ohio's largest professional opera company from 1976 to 2006. The company was incorporated by David Bamberger, Carola Bamberger, and John D. Heavenrich in March 1976 and presented its first season in October and November that year with sold-out productions of Puccini's Madame Butterfly and Rossini's The Barber of Seville. By 1984, it had become the resident opera company at Playhouse Square Center, with performances at the State Theater. The company played an integral part in the revitalization of Cleveland's historic theater district and was a leader in the movement to make theaters accessible to the physically challenged. There was considerable overlap between the orchestra personnel of the Cleveland Opera, Cleveland Ballet, and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, to the advantage of all three organizations. The company was managed from March 1976 to April 2004 by David Bamberger as General Director and Carola Bamberger as Associate Director. In that period, the company presented 122 full productions of 74 works by 43 different composers spanning the history of musical theater from Monteverdi to the present. Its casts included some of opera's greatest
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    Opera a la Carte

    Opera a la Carte is a UK-based chamber opera company located in London. It was founded in 1993 by its present General Director, Nicholas Heath, who was a member of the chorus of the Royal Opera from 1993 to 2006. Since 1996, its wide range of operas performanced runs from La traviata to the 2011 season Rigoletto taking in the popular Mozart operas such as Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro and those of Puccini, such as Tosca and La boheme. There are more thrills and spills in a terrific, tiny- budget “Tosca” from Opera a la Carte..... Nicholas Heath’s lusty production shows that the greater the risk, the greater the rewards. [Bloomberg News] List of opera companies in Europe
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    Opera Roanoke

    Opera Roanoke is professional opera company in Southwest Virginia presenting fully staged productions and a variety of smaller-scale presentations each year. The company is resident in Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center, Opera Roanoke serves a wide geographic area, including the cities of Roanoke, Salem, Lynchburg, Lexington, and Blacksburg, as well as Martinsville and Charlottesville. The company was founded in 1976 as the Southwest Virginia Opera Society (SVOS). Its inaugural production, Menotti's The Consul, was mounted in May 1978. Performances of The Marriage of Figaro and Die Fledermaus constituted the 1978-1979 season. In 2006, the company celebrated its 30th Season with main stage productions of La Boheme and Macbeth. The 2010/2011 season consisted of one staged production, Madame Butterfly and several concerts and recitals. Their offices are located in the Center in the Square in downton Roanoke.
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    Philadelphia Civic Opera Company

    Philadelphia Civic Opera Company

    The Philadelphia Civic Opera Company (PCOC) was an American opera company located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that was actively performing between 1924 and 1930. Founded by Philadelphia socialite Mrs. Henry M. Tracy, the company was established partially through funds provided by the city of Philadelphia and its then-mayor, W. Freeland Kendrick. The company was led by Artistic Director Alexander Smallens. Tracy served as the company's President and ran the business side of the organization while Smallens served as the company's primary conductor and made all of the artistic decisions. W. Attmore Robinson was later brought in to help Smallens with some of the artistic direction. The company performed between 10 and 15 operas every year during an annual season until it went bankrupt a year after the Wall Street Crash of 1929. The PCOC performed all of their productions at Philadelphia's Metropolitan Opera House (MOH) up through the spring of 1928. The company's first performance was of Giacomo Puccini's La bohème on November 6, 1924 with Anna Fitziu as Mimì, Romeo Boscacci as Rodolfo, Alfredo Gondolfi as Marcello, Emily Stokes Hagar as Musetta, and Smallens conducting.
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    Second Movement Opera

    Second Movement Opera is an opera company in the United Kingdom. Second Movement was founded in 2004 as a London based chamber opera ensemble performing unorthodox opera productions in unusual spaces in the UK's capital. It is a charitable organization with a mission to provide opportunities for talented young singers and professionals in non-standard operatic repertoire: several of its productions have been UK Stage Premieres. It has performed in venues ranging from an 18th century Mayfair chapel to a Covent Garden banana warehouse, as well as a Victorian music hall, Hoxton Hall. It also has regular recitals. In October 2010 Second Movement presented its production of The Knife's Tears in the cities of Brno and Prague, Czech Republic. Its two current Artistic Directors are Nicholas Chalmers and Oliver Mears. 2004: Mozart and Salieri (Rimsky-Korsakov) 2005: Trouble in Tahiti (Leonard Bernstein) 2006: The Impresario (Mozart), The Medium (Menotti) 2007: The Knife's Tears (Martinu), Rothschild's Violin (Fleishman/Shostakovich), The Two Blind Men (Offenbach) 2008: Fade (Stefan Weisman), A Hand of Bridge (Samuel Barber), Trouble in Tahiti (Leonard Bernstein) 2010: The Three Wishes
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    Washington National Opera

    Washington National Opera

    • Operas Produced: La rondine by Giacomo Puccini - Third version completed by Lorenzo Ferrero
    The Washington National Opera (WNO) is an opera company in Washington, D.C., USA. Formerly the Opera Society of Washington and the Washington Opera, the company received Congressional designation as the National Opera Company in 2000. Performances are now given in the Opera House of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Opera in Washington, DC had become established after World War I and it did flourish for a time as the Washington National Opera Association until the Depression and World War Two years, and into the 1960s in various outdoor opera venues. However, with the establishment of the "The Opera Society of Washington" in 1956–57, the way was laid for a company to function in the city, especially after the opening of the Kennedy Center in 1971 and its move there in 1979. After making initial appearances with the company from 1986 onwards, tenor Plácido Domingo took over as general director in 1996, a post which he held until June 2011, after which the company, which was undergoing financial problems, came under the auspices of the Kennedy Center administration. The Washington National Opera was established in 1957 as the Opera Society of Washington by Day
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    Washington National Opera

    For the present company of the same name, see Washington National Opera. The Washington National Opera Association, founded in 1919 as "Washington Community Opera", was a low-budget opera company, comprising professional principals supported by amateurs, active in Washington, DC until 1936; it was in no way related to the present company of the same name. By 1921 it had changed its name to the "Washington National Opera Association". Its founder and moving force was a minor baritone who was born in Canada as Thomas Harold Meek but who adopted the name Edouard Albion upon settling in Washington and establishing a voice studio. Meek recruited soprano Enrica Clay Dillon to serve as the company's first Artistic Director, a role she held from 1919-1927. The company offered a wide range of works during its first year, beginning with a January 13, 1919 performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance and continuing, at intervals throughout the next several months, with Michael William Balfe's The Bohemian Girl; George Bizet's Carmen; Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci; and Charles Gounod's Faust, which marked the conductorial debut with the company of Arnold Volpe. The first
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    Chişinău National Opera

    Chişinău National Opera, the national opera company of Moldova, based in the country's capital, Chişinău, was founded in the mid-1940s and became a professional company in 1956. Following the collapse of the USSR, the company is one of the few ex-Soviet opera companies to retain its own orchestra, chorus, soloists and ballet company. The company has toured with several operas to Britain and Ireland with productions of operas such as Carmen, Turandot and Nabucco. It is housed in the same theater as the National Opera Ballet.
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    Florida Grand Opera

    Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is an American opera company based in Miami, Florida. FGO was created in 1994 from the consolidation of two opera companies in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale region: Opera Guild of Greater Miami, originally founded in 1941 by Arturo di Filippi; and the Opera Guild, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, originally formed in 1945. FGO stages productions at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, located in the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, and also at the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. From 1951 until 2006, the company's home theater was the Dade County Auditorium in Miami. Under the name of "Greater Miami Opera", Emerson Buckley was the company's music director from 1950 to 1973, and then served as artistic director and principal conductor through 1986. Willie Anthony Waters, who had become chorus master of the company in 1982, then served as music director from 1986 through 1992 and principal conductor from 1992 to 1995. FGO's most recent General Director was Robert Heuer, who joined FGO as Director of Production in 1979 and became General Director in 1985. Although originally scheduled to
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    Houston Grand Opera

    Houston Grand Opera

    • Operas Produced: Porgy and Bess
    Houston Grand Opera (HGO) Houston Grand Opera (HGO) was founded in 1955 through the joint efforts of Maestro Walter Herbert and cultural leaders Mrs. Louis G. Lobit, Edward Bing and Charles Cockrell. From its modest beginnings – HGO's inaugural season featured a mere two performances of two operas, Salome and Madame Butterfly HGO has grown into a company of international stature that presents six to eight productions per season. HGO's mission is to contribute to the cultural enrichment of Houston and the nation by producing and performing world-class opera, and by creating a diverse, innovative, and balanced program of performances, events, and community and education projects that reach the widest possible public. Its core values are excellence, relevance and affordability. With an operating budget of $20 million in fiscal year 2011 (the 2010/11 season), HGO is a true cultural service provider to the greater Houston area and the Gulf Coast region, serving over 5 million people annually. One of the country's principal commissioners and producers of new works, HGO has introduced 43 world premieres and six American premieres since 1973. HGO has received a Tony Award, two Grammy
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    Minnesota Opera

    The Minnesota Opera is a performance organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was founded in 1963 by the Walker Art Center, and is known for premiering such diverse works as Where the Wild Things Are by Oliver Knussen (based on the children's novel by Maurice Sendak) and Frankenstein by Libby Larsen. Its latest commissioned piece and world premiere, The Grapes of Wrath – based on John Steinbeck's novel of the same name, with music by Ricky Ian Gordon and libretto by Michael Korie – was presented in February 2007. The President and General Director is Kevin Ramach. The Artistic Director is Dale Johnson. A number of operas have also received their American premieres at the Minnesota Opera, including The Handmaid's Tale, Postcard from Morocco, Armida, The Elephant Man, and The Fortunes of King Croesus. The American premiere of Jonathan Dove's Pinocchio was presented in February 2009. Minnesota Opera's season typically runs from September through April, with five productions per season and five to eight performances of each production. Performances are given at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota. According to OPERA America, the company is the
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    Mobile Opera

    Mobile Opera is an opera company located in Mobile, Alabama and is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in the United States, as well as the oldest in the State of Alabama, having been founded as the "Mobile Opera Guild" in 1945. Under its founder, Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser, a European concert artist from Czechoslovakia, two performances were presented in April 1946. As its General Director, Mrs. Tenser continued to lead the company until 1971. In July 2002, Mobile Opera relocated its offices to the Josephine Larkins Music Center, a newly renovated rehearsal and administrative facility located in the designated downtown arts district, which the company shares with the Mobile Symphony. This collaboration between the city's performing arts organizations has been instrumental in the revitalization of the downtown area. With a 2,400-square-foot (220 m) rehearsal hall, seven private music studios, conference room, catering kitchen, patron ticketing services, landscaped courtyard and administrative offices, the Larkins Music Center is a significant cultural and community asset. After 1971, Willson became the company's Production Coordinator and General Manager. During the
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    Aborn Opera Company

    Aborn Opera Company

    The Aborn Opera company was an American opera company that was active from 1895 through 1922. Founded and operated by brothers Milton Aborn (1864–1933) and Sargent Aborn (1866-?), the company was based out of New York City but spent most of its time on the road touring the United States. Milton was born in Marysville, California in 1864, and his brother Sargent was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1866. They had been theater managers since 1885. From 1913 to 1915 they were managers at the Century Theatre in Manhattan.
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    Académie Royale de Musique

    Académie Royale de Musique

    The Paris Opera (French: Opéra de Paris, or simply the Opéra) is the primary opera company of Paris. It was founded in 1669 by Louis XIV as the Académie d'Opéra and shortly thereafter was placed under the leadership of Jean-Baptiste Lully and renamed the Académie Royale de Musique. Classical ballet as we know it today arose within the Paris Opera as the Paris Opera Ballet and has remained an integral and important part of the company. Currently called the Opéra national de Paris, it primarily produces operas at its modern 2700-seat theatre Opéra Bastille which opened in 1989, and ballets and some classical operas at the older 1970-seat Palais Garnier which opened in 1875. Small scale and contemporary works are also staged in the 500-seat Amphitheatre under the Opéra Bastille. The company's annual budget is in the order of 200 million euros, of which 100 million come from the French state and 70 million from box office receipts. With this money, the company runs the two houses and supports a large permanent staff, which includes the orchestra of 170, a chorus of 110 and the corps de ballet of 150. Each year, the Opéra presents about 380 performances of opera, ballet and other
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    National Opera and Ballet

    National Opera and Ballet

    The National Opera and Ballet (Bulgarian: Национална опера и балет) is a national cultural institution in Bulgaria that covers opera and ballet. It is based in an imposing building in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. The first opera company in Bulgaria was founded in 1890 as part of the Capital Opera and Drama Company. The two sections split in 1891 to form the Salza i Smyah theatrical company and the Capital Bulgarian Opera. It was, however, disbanded the next year due to lack of government funding and financial difficulties. The Bulgarian Opera Society was established in 1908 and staged its first test performance. The first full opera was performed in 1909 — Pagliacci by Leoncavallo. The first Bulgarian opera works were also presented in the period, including Siromahkinya by Emanuil Manolov, Kamen i Tsena by Ivan Ivanov and Václav Kaucký, Borislav by Georgi Atanasov and Tahir Begovitsa by Dimitar Hadzhigeorgiev. As the company evolved under the ensemble system and style, the permanent troupe of soloists, choir, orchestra, ballet, technical and production teams produced up to 10 opera and ballet premieres a year, in addition to concert programs. Gradually, the basic repertory of
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    San Diego Opera

    The San Diego Opera Association (SDO) is a professional opera company located in the city of San Diego, California and is a member of OPERA America. It was founded in 1950 to present productions by San Francisco Opera in the San Diego area. SDO began to stage its own productions in 1965, with its first staging of La Bohème. The founding SDO general director was Walter Herbert, who served in that position from 1965 until his death in 1975. Tito Capobianco served as general director from 1976 to 1983, and began an annual Verdi Festival. Since 1983, the SDO general director has been Ian Campbell. The resident conductor of San Diego Opera is Karen Keltner. Since 2005, SDO's principal guest conductor has been Edoardo Müller. Since 2005, musicians from the San Diego Symphony have performed as the pit orchestra for San Diego Opera. Notable artists who have performed with San Diego Opera include Ferruccio Furlanetto, Luciano Pavarotti, Denyce Graves, Beverly Sills, Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, Richard Leech, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Jane Eaglen, Richard Margison, Jerry Hadley, Vivica Genaux, Isabel Bayrakdarian James Westman and Carol Vaness. Notable performances include the
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    San Francisco Opera

    San Francisco Opera

    • Operas Produced: The Rake's Progress
    San Francisco Opera (SFO) is an American opera company, based in San Francisco, California. It was founded in 1923 by Gaetano Merola (1881–1953) and is the second largest opera company in North America. The Opening Night Gala of San Francisco Opera is considered to be one of the most prominent events in the musical and social life of San Francisco. The first performance given by San Francisco Opera was La bohème, with Queena Mario and Giovanni Martinelli, on September 26, 1923, in the city's Civic Auditorium and conducted by Merola, whose involvement in opera in the San Francisco Bay Area had been ongoing since his first visit in 1906. Merola launched the company in 1922, convinced that the city could support a full-time opera organization and not depend upon visiting companies, which had been coming to the San Francisco since Gold Rush days. In fact, Merola's initial visits to the city were as conductor of some of these troupes—the first in 1909 with the International Opera Company of Montreal. Continued visits for the next decade convinced him that a San Francisco company was viable, and in 1921 he returned to live in the city under the patronage of Mrs. Oliver Stine. By the fall
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    Welsh National Opera

    Welsh National Opera (WNO) is an opera company founded in Cardiff, Wales in 1943. The WNO tours Wales, the United Kingdom and the rest of the world extensively. Annually, it gives more than 120 performances of eight main stage operas to a combined audience of around 150,000 people. It gives regular performances in Cardiff, Llandudno, and Swansea in Wales, and Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Plymouth, and Southampton in England. Because the number of performances in England exceeds the number in Wales, Arts Council England is the company's largest source of grant funding, ahead of the Arts Council of Wales. The company has been led by Chief Executive and Artistic Director John Fisher since 2006. The Company was founded in Cardiff by Idloes Owen (1894–1954). He was born in Wales and after developing his talent at Music College, became a composer, arranger and conductor. He performed with the pre-war Lyrian Singers in Cardiff, and consideredto be one of the finest singing teachers in Wales, Geraint Evans was one of his pupils. In November 1943, together with a small group of music lovers, he was instrumental in forming 'The Lyrian Grand Opera Company'. A month
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    Zimin Opera

    Zimin Opera

    The Zimin Opera was founded by the Russian entrepreneur Sergei Zimin in Moscow, Russia in 1903. The company staged the premieres of such operas as Rimsky-Korsakov's Golden Cockerel, Gretchaninoff's Beatris Sister and Ippolitov-Ivanov's Izmena. It also staged the Russian premiers of Puccini's La fanciulla del West, Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Mascagni's Iris and Leoncavallo's Zazà. Many well-known Russian and Italian opera singers performed with the company, including Georges Baklanoff, Lina Cavalieri, Feodor Chaliapin, Leonid Sobinov, Valeria Barsova and Titta Ruffo. Stage sets and costumes was designed by such Russian artists as Ivan Bilibin, Viktor Vasnetsov and Nicholas Roerich During its fourteen year history, Zimin Opera staged more than 120 operas. The company closed in 1917 after the Russian Revolution.
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    Atlanta Opera

    Atlanta Opera

    The Atlanta Opera is an opera company located in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1979, it is now one of the finest regional opera companies in the United States producing mainstage opera productions and arts education programs for Metropolitan Atlanta and the Southeast. In 2007, The Atlanta Opera moved into its new performance home at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre where it produces three mainstage productions each season. In the late 1970’s, the Metropolitan Opera stopped touring to Atlanta, leaving a void in the region. Volunteers and civic leaders joined forces to continue opera in Atlanta. In 1979, the Atlanta Civic Opera was formed, a result of a merger between two competing entities, Atlanta Lyric Opera and Georgia Opera. The first artistic director was noted composer Thomas Pasatieri. In 1985, the company was renamed to The Atlanta Opera. The company’s first production was La Traviata on March 28, 1980 at the Fox Theatre. The following December, a festive gala was held in Symphony Hall with such noted young artists as Catherine Malfitano, Jerry Hadley and Samuel Ramey. Atlanta Opera has a number of home venues: in 1990 it moved to the Atlanta Symphony Hall, in 1995 to
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    Fife Opera

    Fife Opera

    Fife Opera is a semi-professional grand opera company dating back to 1975, and based in Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom. It has produced over 40 full-scale productions since its inception. At present, it is one of only a handful of companies left in Scotland today producing large-scale operas, the only remaining company routinely to play with a full orchestra, and the foremost company of its sort in Fife. The Company was founded in 1975 with the impetus being provided by Kirsty Adam, who was then keen to draw together a number of opera enthusiasts and singers from across the county. In 1978, the Company performed Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors in the 13th-century Cistercian Culross Abbey. From the outset the Musical Director, Richard Galloway, insisted on auditioning everyone interested in joining, and insisted on high vocal quality and level of professionalism from Company members. Despite this for the Company's first full-scale production from 1979, Georges Bizet's Carmen, a cast of 54 took to the stage, accompanied by a 37-piece orchestra. A bomb scare interrupted Fife Opera's 1981 production of Smetana's The Bartered Bride leading to hoardes of Bohemian peasants being spilt
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    Kiev Opera

    Kiev Opera

    The Kiev Opera group was formally established in the summer of 1867, and is the third oldest in Ukraine, after Odessa Opera and Lviv Opera. Today, the Kiev Opera Company performs at the National Opera House of Ukraine named after Taras Shevchenko in Kiev. Established in the summer of 1867 by Ferdinand Berger (? - 1875). Berger succeeded in inviting many talented singers, musicians, and conductors, and the city council (duma) had offered the newly created trouppe to use the City Theatre (constructed in 1856, architect I. Shtrom) for their performances. Officially, the theatre was named the City Theatre but was most commonly referred to as the Russian Opera. The day of the first performance, November 8 (October 27 old style), 1867 was made a city holiday. The performance of the opera Askold's Tomb by Alexey Verstovsky was the troupe's debut. The initial success is attributed to the vocal talents of that time of O. Satagano-Gorchakova, F. L'vov, M. Agramov but also to the captivating plot taken from some principal pages of the ancient history of the city. Early performances were mostly Russian operas, including Ruslan and Lyudmila by Mikhail Glinka, Rusalka by Alexander Dargomyzhsky,
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    Opera Illinois

    Opera Illinois, in Peoria, Illinois, is Illinois' only full time professional opera company outside of Chicago. Performances draw the finest singers from around both the country and the world to stand center stage with some of Central Illinois' talented artists in the chorus and live orchestra. Opera Illinois performs a variety of repertoire from Puccini to Mozart to Wagner, presenting the music in their original languages. For those operas in Italian, French, or German, Opera Illinois provides the added benefit of "supertitles," projected translations of the text that appear above the stage. Performances are done throughout the Peoria area, at locations such as Northwoods Community Church and the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Past show highlights have included HMS Pinafore, Cosi fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, Madama Butterfly, and Don Giovanni.
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    Opera North

    Opera North is a professional opera company based in Lebanon, NH and is a member of OPERA America. The company presents an anual summer festival of two fully staged operas. Opera North productions are staged at the Lebanon Opera House but while the company enjoys a cooperative and cordial relationship with the theater, the two organizations are artistically and financially independent. Opera North was founded in 1981 as an offshoot of the Parish Players, a community theater in Thetford, Vermont by the late David Strohmier. At this time the company was merely a non-profit community theater organization. Under Strohmier's leadership the company focused mostly on light opera and operettas with a particular focus on the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. Strohmier worked closelt with Louis Burkot, the then director of the Dartmouth Glee Club. After Strohmier¬タルs departure in 1987, Burkot became artistic director of the company, and began moving the Opera North towards more serious operatic repetoire. The 1988 Opera North hired producer Flo Klausner and opera director Ron Luchsinger for the company's production of Gibert and Sullivan's Iolanthe. Since then Klausner has served as
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    Vlaamse Opera

    Vlaamse Opera

    The Vlaamse Opera (Flemish Opera) is an opera company in Belgium directed by Aviel Cahn which operates in two different opera houses in two Flemish cities, the Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen at Van Ertbornstraat 8 and the Vlaamse Opera Ghent at Schouwburgstraat 3. However, the company shares one orchestra, choir, technical team, etc. The organization is mainly financed by the Flemish government and the city councils of Antwerp and Ghent. In its current form, it was created in 1996 as a successor to "Vlaamse Opera Stichting" (Flemish Opera Foundation, which had existed since 1988), and "Opera voor Vlaanderen" (Opera for Flanders, which had existed since 1981). Both former institutions were similar fusions between the former opera houses of Antwerp and Ghent. Since the fusion in 1981 the company has been giving performances in two different historical theatres: The first public opera performances in Antwerp date back to 1661. Performances took place on the stage of the Schouwburgh van de Oude Voetboog (theatre of the guild of crossbowmen) at the Grote Markt. The theatre gradually lost its popular Flemish character as French artists were engaged and the performances were no longer performed
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    Bampton Classical Opera

    Bampton Classical Opera

    Bampton Classical Opera is an opera company based in Bampton, Oxfordshire specialising in the production of lesser known opera from the Classical period. Performances are always sung in English. In 2002, Bampton Classical Opera performed the United Kingdom première of The Philosopher's Stone (Der Stein der Weisen), a singspiel by Emanuel Schikaneder composed in collaboration with Mozart, Henneberg, Schack, and Gerl. In 2004, it gave the first UK staged performance of Salieri's Falstaff, and in July 2007 staged the UK première of Georg Benda's Romeo and Juliet. It also performed the Mozart arrangement of Handel's Acis and Galatea. In 2008 it presented Leonora by Ferdinando Paer, based on the same story as Fidelio, and in 2009 Le Pescatrici (The Fisherwomen) by Haydn. In 2010 it presented the UK première of Marcos Portugal's The Marriage of Figaro (1799), and The Masque of King Alfred and The Judgment of Paris by Thomas Arne. In 2011 it presented more performances of the Arne double-bill; Il parnaso confuso by Gluck; The Italian Girl in London (L'italiana in Londra) by Cimarosa, first performed in 1778; and The Choice of Hercules by Handel. In 2012 it is presenting a revival of
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    Madison Opera

    Madison Opera is a regional opera company based in Madison, Wisconsin. It was founded in 1961 as an extension of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and came to national prominence with the commissioning and premiering of Shining Brow, the opera about Frank Lloyd Wright by composer Daron Hagen and librettist Paul Muldoon. The artistic director is John DeMain. Allan E. Naplan left as general director at the end of February 2011, and will be replaced on July 1, 2011, by Kathryn Smith, who comes from the Tacoma Opera. The company performs two major operas a year at Madison's Overture Hall, and one smaller production in the Overture's Playhouse. The company also annually puts on Opera in the Park, an outdoor operatic concert held in Warner Park. Madison Opera has also started Opera Up Close which gives fans a chance to meet the stars of its upcoming Opera Productions.
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    Private Opera

    Private Opera

    The Private Opera (Russian: Частная Опера), also known as: was a private operatic enterprise, a company established in 1885 by famous Russian industrialist and philanthropist Savva Mamontov, who staged the operas, conducted the orchestra, trained the actors, taught them singing and paid all the expenses. At first the company was organised in Abramtsevo estate located north of Moscow. The company was joined by Feodor Chaliapin in the autumn of 1896 and by Sergei Rachmaninov in the autumn of 1897 who took up the post of assistant conductor. Mamontov united in his theatre the most talented singers, like Nadezhda Zabela-Vrubel, Pyotr Lodiy, Vladimir Lossky, Pyotr Olenin, Vera Petrova-Zvantseva, Nadezhda Salina, Anton Sekar-Rozhansky, Feodor Chaliapin, Nikolai Shevelev, Vasily Shkafer, Elena Tsvetkova and others. He invited such composers as Sergei Vasilenko, Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, Vasily Kalinnikov, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Decorations and costumes for the operas were designed by such artists as the brothers Viktor and Apollinary Vasnetsov, Konstantin and Sergei Korovin, Mikhail Vrubel, Mikhail Nesterov, Isaac Levitan, Sergei Malyutin, Vasily Polenov,
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    Staatsoper Hannover

    Staatsoper Hannover

    Staatsoper Hannover is an opera house and opera company in Hanover. It is one of the leading opera companies in Germany. During the course of its season from September to June, Staatsoper Hannover mounts productions of a variety of operas from the standard operatic repertoire as well as 20th century works. The home base of Staatsoper Hannover is the Hanover Opera House, a theater built in classical style between 1845 and 1852 based on a plan drawn by Laves. The building was badly damaged in World War II and rebuilt in 1948. In 1985, the acoustics were improved, and between 1996 and 1998 the stage facilities were renovated.
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    Carro di Tespi

    Carro di Tespi was a travelling Italian theatrical company that was formerly supported by the Fascist regime. It was started in 1930 to bring opera to the masses. The Carro di Tespi brought opera to many Italian cities that did not have regular opera seasons, as well as some that did. It normally toured in July, August and September to about forty locations with two or three operas. Troupes occasionally would perform directly from the back of their traveling trucks or wagons. They also performed throughout Europe. The staging of La Bohème, on an open-air stage in front of the Villa Puccini in the summer of 1930 marked the inauguration of the modern Carro di Tespi. The company returned to Torre del Lago in 1931 with Madam Butterfly and La Bohème. During the remainder of the '30's, only one season was presented, in 1937, featuring last century's arguably most famous Puccinian heroine, Licia Albanese. Many well known names in Italian theater and opera got there start in the Carro di Tespi. In modern day Italy the Teatro Popolare Itinerante is a newer edition of this as is the annual Puccini Festival.
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    Chicago Opera Company

    The Chicago Opera Company was a grand opera company in Chicago, organized from the remaining assets of the bankrupt Chicago City Opera Company, that produced six seasons of opera at the Civic Opera House from 1940 to 1946 (excluding 1943). Fausto Cleva was artistic director 1944-1946, and until 1945 Fortune Gallo was general manager. After the war, when consumer goods became more abundant and people spent less money on entertainment, interest in opera collapsed and the company went bankrupt. Rather than try to re-organize, the remaining assets were given to the largest creditor, the landlord of the Civic Opera House, Household finance, who then paid off the other remaining creditors. After the final collapse of an opera company that had been re-organized five times, there was no resident Chicago opera company until the founding of the Lyric Opera in 1954. One of the original group of organizers was Max Rabinoff.
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    Grange Park Opera

    Grange Park Opera

    Grange Park Opera is a professional opera company whose base is The Grange in Hampshire, England. The company was founded in 1998 by Wasfi Kani OBE and Michael Moody. The annual opera festival takes place in the months of June and July in an award-winning theatre concealed within a Greek revival temple seating 550 people. Until 2012, an extension to the season ran at Nevill Holt near Market Harborough in Leicestershire in the a 300 seat theatre concealed within the 17th century stable courtyard. Notable singers who have performed with the company include Bryn Terfel, Claire Rutter, Susan Gritton, Wynne Evans, Philip Langridge, Andrew Kennedy, Roddy Williams, Colin Lee, Sally Matthews, Emma Bell, Alfie Boe, Robert Poulton, Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts, Anne Sophie Duprels. The festival has included non-operatic events including Mara Galeazzi with dancers from the Royal Ballet, an evening with Ray Davies, London Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Boyz, Harry the Piano, Kit & the Widow, Boy Blue, Henry Armburg Jennings Big Band, the orchestra of Welsh National Opera in a concert performance of The Flying Dutchman. A sister company, Pimlico Opera, works in prisons and with younger artists. The four
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    Long Beach Opera

    Long Beach Opera is a Southern California opera company serving the greater Los Angeles and Orange County metroplex. Founded in 1979, it is the oldest established professional opera company in the L.A. area. Though small in size, the company has surveyed a stunning breadth of repertoire in 28 seasons -- from its adventurous exploration of lesser known works to its daring interpretations of established operas – offering an alternative vision of opera even before L.A. had its own operatic mainstream. The company, originally known as Long Beach Grand Opera, was a venture sponsored by the Long Beach Symphony Association to mark the inaugural season of the city’s Terrace Theater. Michael Milenski, formerly of the San Francisco Opera and San Jose Opera, was tapped to mount the first production in March, 1979, Verdi’s La Traviata starring Metropolitan Opera stars Benita Valente and Louis Quilico. The success of that production led to the company’s formal incorporation independent of the Long Beach Symphony with Milenski as its executive director. Following a period of early growth marked by the presentation of repertory staples, Long Beach Opera took a radical departure from the operatic
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    City Opera of Vancouver

    City Opera of Vancouver

    City Opera of Vancouver is a professional chamber opera company founded in 2005. It was the lead company in efforts to restore Vancouver's Pantages Theatre, built by Alexander Pantages in 1907. The 650 seat building was considered to be the oldest remaining vaudeville theatre in Canada. It was listed on Heritage Canada's 2009 Top Ten Most Endangered Places List and the Vancouver Heritage Register as a heritage building. Regardless of these efforts, and widespread community support in favour of its preservation, Vancouver City Council twice voted to refuse restoration and, beginning in 2011, the structure was demolished. City Opera Vancouver now uses other proscenium houses in Metro Vancouver. City Opera's repertoire base reaches from Monteverdi through to the music of our own time. On 11 March 2008, via satellite from Toronto and Vancouver, City Opera announced the commissioning of the chamber opera 'Pauline'. It will star Judith Forst in the role of Pauline Johnson, and be set at Vancouver in March 1913, the last week of Johnson's life. The libretto will be by Margaret Atwood, and the music by Christos Hatzis. It will be premiered in late 2013, and recorded by Naxos. City Opera
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    Light Opera Oklahoma

    Light Opera Oklahoma

    Light Opera Oklahoma (LOOK) is a professional opera company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of OPERA America. The organization, governed by an elected board of directors, follows a repertory model in presenting a summer festival program of comic operas and musicals. LOOK's annual summer season of performances at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center is known as "The LOOK Festival." The company was founded by John and Jane Everett in 1983 as a non-profit community theater called "The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Tulsa". LOOK adopted its present name in 1997 in conjunction with its transformation into a professional repertory company and expanded its repertoire to works outside the corpus of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operas. Eric Gibson was named the artistic director in 2002. LOOK draws its orchestral forces from the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and often recruits its dancers from the Tulsa Ballet and Tulsa Youth Ballet. The company occasionally travels to other cities in Oklahoma, but most productions take place at the Williams Theatre of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in downtown Tulsa. LOOK also holds evening cabarets for Valentine's Day and during the fall season. LOOK
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    Opera Ebony

    Opera Ebony is an African-American opera company, which have performed Mozart in Harlem to African-American Heritage concerts in Iceland. Gershwin in Moscow to Duke Ellington in the Caribbean. Benjamin Matthews, Sister M. Elise Sisson, SBS (1897-1982), and Wayne Sanders founded Opera Ebony in 1973. It has served as a professional platform for thousands of American artists, administrators and technical staff helping them to refine their talent and perfect their operatic craft. In New York City, Opera Ebony has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the World Trade Center, the Beacon Theatre, Langston Hughes Theater (Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture) and the Manhattan Center. Additionally, for ten years the company presented grand opera at Philadelphia's Academy of Music. Since 1988, Opera Ebony's repertoire has found Brazil, Russia, Estonia, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Canada, Switzerland and Martinique. The company has also partnered with several major international orchestras, opera companies and music festivals including the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish National Opera, the Estonia
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    Opera gold

    Opera Gold is an amateur opera company attached to Goldsmiths College, London, UK. It draws most of its cast from college members past and present. Singers from outside the college are occasionally also invited to take part. Opera Gold was formed in 2004 by Nan Christie, who directs and produces. The 2012 production was Verdi's La Traviata The company has also staged productions of John Blow's Venus and Adonis (2004); Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (2005); Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (2006); Bizet's Carmen (2007); Britten's Peter Grimes (2008); Mozart's La nozze di Figaro (2009); Verdi's Rigoletto (2010); and Puccini's La bohéme (2011). Opera Gold website
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    Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company

    The Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company was an American opera company located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that was active between 1958 and 1974. The company was led by a number of Artistic Directors during its history, beginning with Aurelio Fabiani. Other notable Artistic Directors include Julius Rudel and Anton Guadagno (1966–1972). The company produced between four and six of their own operas every year in addition to sponsoring numerous traveling productions from the New York City Opera. In 1975 the company merged with the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company to form the Opera Company of Philadelphia. The company's first production, Giacomo Puccini's La bohème, was held on February 10, 1958 at the Academy of Music. The production starred Elaine Malbin as Mimì and John Alexander as Rodolfo. Although the company performed works from a variety of composers and musical periods, for the most part the company concentrated on Italian grand opera and verismo opera; particularly operas by Giuseppe Verdi and Puccini. The company notably presented the United States premiere of Renzo Rossellini's Uno sguardo dal ponte on October 17, 1967 with Nicola Rossi-Lemeni as Eddie Carbone and Gloria Lane
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    Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

    Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

    • Operas Produced: Marilyn
    The Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (Rome Opera House) is an opera house in Rome, Italy. Originally opened in November 1880 as the 2,212 seat Costanzi Theatre, it has undergone several changes of name as well modifications and improvements. The present house seats 1,600. The Teatro dell'Opera was originally known as the Teatro Costanzi after the contractor who built it, Domenico Costanzi (1810-1898). It was privately financed by Costanzi who commissioned the Milanese architect Achille Sfondrini (1836-1900), a specialist in the building and renovation of theatres. The opera house was built in eighteen months, on the site where the house of Heliogabalus stood in ancient times, and was inaugurated on 27 November 1880 with a performance of Semiramide by Gioachino Rossini. Designing the theatre, Sfondrini paid particular attention to the acoustics, conceiving the interior structure as a "resonance chamber", as is evident from the horseshoe shape in particular. Originally, the theatre, with a seating capacity of 2212, had three tiers of boxes, an amphitheatre, and two separate galleries, surmounted by a dome with splendid frescoes by Annibale Brugnoli. Costanzi was obliged to manage it himself
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    Victorian Opera

    Victorian Opera is an opera company based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The company was founded in 2005 and commenced operations in January 2006 with funding from the Victorian government, and Richard Gill as Artistic Director. The replacement for the VSO quickly acquired an enthusiastic (and generous) support base through their Patrons programme, whose members assist the company on a financial basis annually, as do a growing number of corporate partners. Victorian Opera's first production was Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde, performed by the Victorian Youth Opera from 30 June to 2 July 2006. It was a collaboration with the Victorian College of the Arts' School of Production, whose students designed and crewed the show. This was followed by an Opera Gala Concert on 15 July 2006, at Melbourne's Hamer Hall, in which most members of the new company performed, accompanied by Orchestra Victoria under the baton of Richard Gill. The company's inaugural main stage production was Mozart's Così fan tutte, directed by Jean-Pierre Mignon and presented at Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne between 19 and 26 August 2006. The principals were Gary Rowley (Don Alfonso), Christopher Saunders
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    Boston Lyric Opera

    Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) is an American opera company based in Boston, Massachusetts, founded in 1976. Each season, BLO produces three mainstage productions at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre in Boston and a fully staged, one-hour English language version of a popular opera for school children and families at venues throughout New England. BLO receives partial funding from a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. BLO regularly invests in co-productions with other U.S. companies including New York City Opera, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Houston Grand Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. BLO's community work has included participation in the "Egypt in Boston" thematic season that celebrated Egypt at several of Boston’s leading cultural institutions in 1999–2000. In the summer of 2002, BLO produced "Carmen on the Common", a community-outreach initiative of a summer-long education series which culminated in two free, fully staged outdoor performances of Bizet's Carmen on Boston Common. Similar plans were scheduled for Verdi's Aida in the 2005–2006 season, but were cancelled because of insufficient financial support. The conductor, John Balme served as general
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    British National Opera Company

    British National Opera Company

    The British National Opera Company presented opera in English in London and on tour in the British provinces between 1922 and 1929. It was founded in December 1921 by singers and instrumentalists from Sir Thomas Beecham's Beecham Opera Company (1915-1920), which was disbanded when financial problems over buying The Bedford Estate forced Beecham to withdraw from the music scene for a short period. The new venture was financed by the issue of 40,000 preference shares at £1 each. Among the musicians who met at the inaugural meeting of the new enterprise at the Queen's Hall were Sir Alexander Mackenzie, Sir Charles Stanford, Harry Plunket Greene, Aylmer Buesst and Sir Henry Hadow. The new company bought the entire assets of the Beecham company, comprising the scenery, costumes, scores, instruments and performing rights for 48 operas. The company's first performance was Aida at Bradford in February 1922, and received excellent notices. For much of its existence the company toured in the provinces, but also had short seasons at Covent Garden (1922–1924) and then at His Majesty's Theatre. For the 1923 Covent Garden season Dame Nellie Melba emerged from retirement to sing with the company.
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    Cleveland Opera

    Opera Cleveland is Cleveland, Ohio's professional opera company, formed in 2006 following a merger between two existing opera companies: the New Cleveland Opera Company (dba Cleveland Opera, which operated from 1976 to 2006), and the area's other professional opera company, Lyric Opera Cleveland. Cleveland Opera was incorporated by David Bamberger, Carola Bamberger, and John D. Heavenrich in March 1976 and presented its first season in October and November of that year with sold-out productions of Puccini's Madame Butterfly and Rossini's The Barber of Seville. By 1984, it had become the resident opera company at Playhouse Square Center, with performances at the State Theater. The company played an integral part in the revitalization of Cleveland's historic theater district and was a leader in the movement to make theaters accessible to the physically challenged. There was considerable overlap between the orchestra personnel of the Cleveland Opera, Cleveland Ballet, and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, to the advantage of all three organizations. The company was managed from March 1976 to April 2004 by David Bamberger as General Director and Carola Bamberger as Associate Director. In
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    Los Angeles Civic Light Opera

    The Los Angeles Civic Light Opera (LACLO) was an American theatre/opera company in Los Angeles, California. Founded under the motto "Light Opera in the Grand Opera manner" in 1938 by impresario Edwin Lester, the organization presented fifty seasons of theatre before closing due to financial reasons in 1987. Typically the LACLO presented four to six productions during an annual season. The company produced or co-produced several of their own shows in addition to bringing in shows from Broadway to California, often with their original casts. Productions that originated at the LACLO and then went on to wider success, included Song of Norway (1944), Magdalena (1948), Kismet (1953), Peter Pan (1954) and Gigi (1973). Initially the organization mainly presented American operettas, but by the 1960s the company was presenting mostly musical theatre; although the company never completely left its roots. The Los Angeles Civic Light Opera opened its first season in 1938 with Franz Schubert's operetta Blossom Time, presented in English with stars John Charles Thomas and Francia White. The production was both a critical and financial success, and the company went on to have three more sold out
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    Opéra national du Rhin

    Opéra national du Rhin

    L'Opéra national du Rhin is an opera company which performs in Alsace, eastern France, and which includes the Opéra in Strasbourg, the company's ballet in Mulhouse (a national centre for choreography since 1985), and the "Opéra Studio" (formerly the "Jeunes Voix du Rhin"), a training centre for young singers, in Colmar. A reflection of its importance is the status of “national opera” which it has held since 1997. Performances of seven or eight operas per season are given in Strasburg, Mulhouse and Colmar. The first opera house opened in Strasburg in 1701 in a converted granary. After a fire and temporary locations, a new Theatre Municipal opened in the Place Broglie in 1821. This building was virtually gutted during the German bombardment of 1870, but it was rebuilt in identical style, re-opening in 1873. During the Prussian occupation up to 1919, several eminent conductors held posts at the Strasbourg opera: Hans Pfitzner (1910–19), Wilhelm Furtwängler (1910–11), Otto Klemperer (1914–17) and George Szell (1917–1919). From 1919-38 Paul Bastide was musical director; he returned after the Second World War with notable stagings of Béatrice et Bénédict (first French staging), and
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    Opus 1 Music

    Opus 1 Music came into existence in 2003 and was an Opera company based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England principally producing professional touring Opera productions on an intimate scale. The company specialised in providing a platform for up and coming professional singers. The company was unique for its size in that along with orchestra and principal cast their productions featured both an adult and children's chorus. Their opening productions of La Boheme and Tosca received generally positive reviews and in the Autumn season of 2006 a new production of Verdi's Il Trovatore was added to the repertoire. "...this is as good as it gets" The Independent The company also had an education programme and provided music and entertainment for corporate and private events. A production of Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville' was to be added to the company's repertoire in 2007 but the company went into administration in June 2007 and subsequently closed before the new production premiered.
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    Canadian Opera Company

    Canadian Opera Company

    The Canadian Opera Company (COC) is an opera company in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the largest opera company in Canada and the third largest producer of opera in North America. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. For 40 years until April 2006, the COC had performed at the O'Keefe Centre (subsequently renamed twice). Nicholas Goldschmidt and Herman Geiger-Torel founded the organization in 1950 as the Royal Conservatory Opera Company. Geiger-Torel became the COC's artistic director in 1956 and its general director in 1960. The company was renamed the Canadian Opera Association in 1960, and the Canadian Opera Company in 1977. Geiger-Torel retired from the general directorship in 1976. Lotfi Mansouri was the COC's general director from 1976 to 1988. In 1983, the COC introduced surtitles (supertitles) to their productions, the first company to use them in an opera house. Productions included Joan Sutherland's first performance of Donizetti's Anna Bolena. Brian Dickie served as the COC's general director from 1988 to 1993. Dickie named Richard Bradshaw the COC's chief conductor and head of music in 1989. Elaine Calder was the
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    Chicago City Opera Company

    The Chicago City Opera Company was a grand opera company in Chicago, organized from the remaining assets of the bankrupt Chicago Grand Opera Company, that produced four seasons of opera at the Civic Opera House from 1935 to 1939 before it too succumbed to financial difficulties. It was succeeded by the Chicago Opera Company. MGM actress Betty Jaynes, at age 15, made her debut with the Chicago City Opera Company on December 6, 1936.
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    Festival d'Avignon

    Festival d'Avignon

    • Operas Produced: Emanuele Arciuli
    The Festival d'Avignon, or Avignon Festival, is an annual arts festival held in the French city of Avignon every summer in July in the courtyard of the Popes' Palace as well as in other locations of the city. Founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar, it is the oldest extant festival in France and one of the world's greatest. The festival consists of two parts, "In" and "Off". In 2008, some 950 shows were performed during three weeks. Art critic Christian Zervos and poet René Char organized a modern art exhibition held in the main chapel of the Pope's Palace in Avignon. In that setting, they asked Jean Vilar, actor, director and theater director, to present Meurtre dans la cathédrale which he adapted in 1945. After refusing, Vilar proposed three plays: Shakespeare's Richard II, a play well known in France, La Terrasse de midi, by Maurice Clavel, then unknown author, and L'Histoire de Tobie et de Sara by Paul Claudel. The festival is organised by a non-profit organisation (since 1980), which is administered by a board of trustees composed of: the French state, the city of Avignon, the Département of Vaucluse, the Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, and seven public figures competent in the field
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    Norwegian National Opera and Ballet

    Norwegian National Opera and Ballet

    The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet (in Norwegian, Den Norske Opera & Ballett) is the first fully professional company for opera and ballet in Norway. Its seat is the Oslo Opera House. It was founded in 1957. Kirsten Flagstad, the great Norwegian soprano, was its general manager from 1958 to 1960. For most of the 20th century fierce debate has raged in the Norwegian public sphere about the possible construction of a new opera house. When a construction project finally was agreed upon, the site that was chosen was Bjørvika, an harbour area of downtown Oslo. The Oslo Opera House was opened in the spring of 2008. In 2008 radio marconi, an Italian company, installed a seatback multimidia system, allowing audiences to follow opera libretto in other languages in addition to the original language. In January 2009, the Norwegian Opera and Ballet was reorganised. Tom Remlov is General Managing Director, and there are directors for opera, ballet and music. The director of the opera company was Glasgow-born Paul Curran. He resigned in June 2011 under pressure for not commissioning enough work from Norwegian composers. Despite this, he managed to bring in some of the most exciting
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    Opera Theater of Pittsburgh

    Opera Theater of Pittsburgh

    Opera Theater of Pittsburgh is an American opera company based in Pittsburgh's Cultural District. It is one of two opera companies in the city, the other being Pittsburgh Opera. Opera Theater of Pittsburgh performs at The Hillman Center for Performing Arts and at non-traditional venues around the city. Opera Theater of Pittsburgh (OTP) was established in 1978 by the noted opera star Mildred Miller Posvar and Helen Knox. Its current artistic director, Johnathan Eaton, joined the company in 1999. In 2012, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh reinvented itself as a summer opera festival lasting three weeks from June 22 - July 8, 2012 at The Hillman Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel. The festival presented staged operas, recitals, free outdoor concerts, and cabaret. Recent initiatives have included a Fusion Festival of American-Asian works at the Andy Warhol Museum which included the world premiere of RedDust, a multi-media opera by Mathew Rosenblum and The Sound of a Voice by Philip Glass and David Henry Hwang. Other major initiatives have included the Pittsburgh Ring, two complete cycles of Wagner's great operas in collaboration with Long Beach
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    Philadelphia Civic Grand Opera Company

    Philadelphia Civic Grand Opera Company

    The Philadelphia Civic Grand Opera Company (PCGOC) was an American opera company located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that was actively performing at the Academy of Music between 1950 and 1955. Fausta Cleva served as the company's first General Director and conductor. The company's first performance was of Camille Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila on January 24, 1950 with Giovanni Martinelli as Samson, Blanche Thebom as Dalila, Martial Singher as The High Priest of Dagon, and John Lawler as Abimélech. Other operas presented that season were Cavalleria rusticana, L'amico Fritz, and Carmen. Cleva left the PCGOC after its first season and Giuseppe Bamboschek took over the role of General Director and conductor for the remainder of the company's history. Bamboschek's first conducting assignment with the company was Aida for the opening of the second season on October 11, 1950 with Herva Nelli in the title role, Kurt Baum as Radames, Margaret Harshaw as Amneris, and Lawler as the King of Egypt. The company mounted a total of 45 opera productions at the Academy of Music during its history, with its last production being Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto on October 13, 1955 with Frank Guarrera in
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    Romanian National Opera

    Romanian National Opera

    The Romanian National Opera (Romanian: Opera Naţională) is one of the national opera companies of Romania, situated in a historical building in Bucharest, near the Cotroceni neighbourhood. The first opera performed there was Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades on 9 January 1954; the first ballet was Coppélia, the following night. Their annual season runs October–June.
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    Theater of Eternal Values

    Theater of Eternal Values

    {{cleanup|date=July 2007}The Theater of Eternal Values (TEV) is an international theatre company. Started in 1996 at the suggestion of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, TEV seeks to spread a message of integration, spiritual introspection and joy through plays and sketches based on, and inspired by, culture originating from different regions of the world. They are best known for their performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute (2000), as well as for their improvisation skills shown in plays such as their current production Veni...Vidi...Whatever.... Moliᅢᄄre's The Imaginary Invalid (TEV International, 1996-98)Baloopa's Journey (TEV UK, 1998)Mozart's The Magic Flute (TEV International, 2000)Faust (TEV Canada, 2002)Blah-Di-Dha Film Festival (TEV Canada, 2004)Hamlet - the Film (TEV Germany, 2004)Zen-sations (TEV Italy, 2004)Friends (TEV Austria, 2006) TheatreMozart
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    Théâtre Lyrique

    Théâtre Lyrique

    The Théâtre Lyrique was one of four opera companies performing in Paris during the middle of the 19th century (the other three being the Opéra, the Opéra-Comique, and the Théâtre-Italien). The company was founded in 1847 as the Opéra-National by the French composer Adolphe Adam and renamed Théâtre Lyrique in 1852. It used four different theatres in succession, the Cirque Olympique, the Théâtre Historique, the Salle du Théâtre-Lyrique (now the Théâtre de la Ville), and the Salle de l'Athénée, until it ceased operations in 1872. The diverse repertoire of the company "cracked the strict organization of the Parisian operatic world by breaking away from the principle that institution and genre were of one substance." The company was generally most successful with revivals of foreign works translated into French, particularly operas by Gluck, Mozart, Weber, and Verdi, but probably is most remembered today for having given the first performance in Paris of Wagner's Rienzi, as well as the premieres of operas by French composers, in particular Georges Bizet's Les pêcheurs de perles, Hector Berlioz's Les Troyens à Carthage, Charles Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, and above all Gounod's Faust,
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    Bangkok Opera

    Bangkok Opera

    The Bangkok Opera is an opera company founded in 2001 as a production company to mount Madana, the first full-length grand opera by a Thai composer. This production featured in the title role the American soprano Stacey Tappan. In 2002, under artistic director Somtow Sucharitkul, the Bangkok Opera began a series of productions with Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, moving onto larger-scale works such as Mae Naak, The Magic Flute, and Turandot. At the end of 2005 the Bangkok Opera declared its first "complete" season and also started a five-year project to perform the complete Wagner's Ring Cycle in Bangkok. Its resident orchestra is the Siam Philharmonic Orchestra and its resident chorus is the Orpheus Choir of Bangkok. The opera company performs regularly at the Thailand Cultural Centre.
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    Bavarian State Opera

    Bavarian State Opera

    The Bavarian State Opera (German: Bayerische Staatsoper) is an opera company based in Munich, Germany. Its orchestra is the Bavarian State Orchestra. The opera company which was founded under Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy has been in existence since 1653. In 1753 the Residence Theatre was opened as major stage. While opera performances were also held in the Prinzregententheater (completed in 1901), the company's home base is the National Theatre Munich on Max-Joseph-Platz. In 1875 the Munich Opera Festival took place for the first time which nowadays can be viewed as one of the most important opera festivals worldwide. Sir Peter Jonas became the Staatsoper Staatsintendant (General Director) in 1993, the first British Intendant of any major German speaking Opera House. Since 1998 Zubin Mehta served as music director of the Bavarian State Opera and Bavarian State Orchestra. He was succeeded by Kent Nagano in 2006. In 2008 Klaus Bachler became General Director of the opera company.
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    Melbourne opera

    Melbourne Opera Company Ltd was founded in 2002 as a not-for-profit public arts company dedicated to producing opera and associated art forms at realistic prices. It is based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and tours over an area between Canberra in the north and Hobart in the south. Melbourne Opera's special emphases are on the development of young artists, regional touring, and on openness & transparency. Melbourne Opera has toured the regions since its very first production in 2003. Including their regional and interstate touring program they are now the second most active professional opera company in the country behind only the national company. This has been achieved relying entirely upon philanthropic support. Melbourne Opera is a business name of South East Regional Touring Opera Ltd [SERTO]. The corporate name was changed on 1 June 2007 to reflect the Company's much expanded geographical scope.
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    Opera Carolina

    Opera Carolina is a professional opera company located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company reaches over 75,000 people from North Carolina and South Carolina. Founded in 1948 by the Charlotte Music Club, Opera Carolina is a product of the 1986 merger of the Charlotte Opera Association and North Carolina Opera, combining main stage, educational, and touring operations. Professional leadership has become precedence throughout the company, with such men as Artistic Directors Richard Marshall and Charles Rosencranz, and General Director James Wright. Since the year 2000, Opera Carolina has been under the direction of General Director and Principal Conductor James Meena. Opera Carolina is a member of Opera America and is supported by the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the North Carolina Arts Council. Opera Carolina presents three main stage productions, featuring the Opera Carolina Chorus and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, in the Belk Theater located in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Opera Carolina also presented an annual Valentine's Day Concert, Love Notes, from 2008 to 2010 held at Dana Auditorium, Queen's
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    Opera Theatre of Lucca

    The Opera Theatre of Lucca is an opera and music school and summer music festival in Lucca, Italy. Founded in 1996 by the late American opera singer and voice teacher Lorenzo Malfatti and British opera director Malcolm Fraser, it is jointly sponsored by the City of Lucca and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Opera performances and recitals take place in the cloisters, churches, piazzas in and around Lucca as well as in the city's Teatro del Giglio.
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    Tacoma Opera

    Tacoma Opera is a professional opera company located in Tacoma, WA and is a member of OPERA America. The company presents two fully staged operas and one young artists' showcase a year. In 2009-10 the company presented Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. The 2010-11 season includes Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore and a double bill of Pagliacci and Trouble in Tahiti. Tacoma Opera was founded in 1968. While the company initially enjoyed several years of success, the company folded in the late 1970s. In 1981, Hans Wolf, then director of community outreach for Seattle Opera, successfully rebounded the company with the help of Pacific Lutheran University's then dean Richard Moe and the PLU fine arts staff. Wolf became the new director of the company and a production of Die Fledermaus was successfully staged that year. Under Wolf's leadership, the company produced many operettas and grand operas. The company also produced several premieres including the West Coast premiere of Offenbach's Christopher Columbus and the world premiere of a brand-new opera by Seattle composer Carol Sams' The Pied Piper of Hamelin among others. In the late 1990s, Wolf
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    Arizona Opera

    Arizona Opera is an opera company which operates in both Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. Arizona Opera was established in 1971 as the Tucson Opera Company, under founding general director James P. Sullivan, and presented its first production, of Rossini's The Barber of Seville, in 1972. By 1976 the company had expanded to include performances in both Tucson and Phoenix. Arizona Opera is now permanently headquartered in Phoenix. The company has a subscriber base of approximately 10,000 drawn from the two metropolitan areas, and an annual expenditure of $6.2 million, according to the company's 2008 IRS Form 990. The appointment of Glynn Ross as general director in 1983 initiated a period of growth during which the company expanded its season from three to five productions. In 1996 and 1998 the company gained notice by staging Wagner's Ring Cycle as a summer festival in Flagstaff, Arizona. Ross retired in 1998 and was succeeded by David Speers, who increased spending on rehearsals, chorus, and orchestra in an effort to improve the quality of the company's productions. Under Speers' leadership subscriptions and single-ticket sales increased. In addition to the company's regular
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    Birmingham Opera Company

    Birmingham Opera Company

    Birmingham Opera Company is a professional opera company based in Birmingham, England, that specialises in innovative and avant-garde productions of the operatic repertoire, often in unusual venues. The company was founded by leading international opera director Graham Vick and conductor Simon Halsey as City of Birmingham Touring Opera in 1987, acquiring its current name in 2001. CBTO's public debut came in September 1987 with the production of Falstaff at the Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre in Brandwood. In 1989 City of Birmingham Touring Opera commissioned and performed Ravi Shankar's work of musical theatre Ghanashyam (A Broken Branch), which won the company's first Prudential Award for Arts; the 1990 production of Richard Wagner's Ring Saga, adapted for performance over two nights and with a reduced orchestra of eighteen musicians, won the second. Birmingham Opera Company has also won the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Music for its 2001 production of Berg's Wozzeck in a derelict warehouse in Ladywood, and a South Bank Show Award for its 2002 production of Fidelio. While City of Birmingham Touring Opera's works were performed nationwide and internationally, Birmingham
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    New Jersey State Opera

    The New Jersey State Opera is an opera company based in Newark, New Jersey. It was established in 1964 as the Opera Theater of Westfield, and shortly after opening Alfredo Silipigni was hired as Artistic Director. The name was changed to the Opera Theatre of New Jersey in 1965, and in 1968 the company moved to Newark Symphony Hall. In 1974 it was renamed the New Jersey State Opera. The company moved to New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in 1998. In 2012, it relocated to the Clifton=Passaic area.
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    Philadelphia Opera Company

    The Philadelphia Opera Company was the name of two different American opera companies active during the twentieth century in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first company was founded by impresario Oscar Hammerstein I in 1908. That company disbanded only two years later as a result of financial problems. The second company was founded by conductor Sylvan Levin in 1938 and was active for six years before it too closed due to financial reasons in 1944. In 1907 Oscar Hammerstein I hired architect William H. McElfatrick of the firm J.B. McElfatrick & Son to design a new opera house for the city of Philadelphia. The plans were approved and in 1908 the Philadelphia Opera House was built over the course of just a few months at 858 North Broad Street. The structure was built specifically for Hammerstein's latest artistic venture, his new opera company, the Philadelphia Opera Company (POC). Notable singers to have performed with the POC during its short history include Lina Cavalieri, Armand Crabbé, Giuseppe de Grazia, David Devriès, Hector Dufranne, Minnie Egener, Mary Garden, Alice Gentle, Jeanne Gerville-Réache, Charles Gilibert, Gustave Huberdeau, John McCormack, Carmen Melis, Maurice
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    Santa Fe Opera Theatre

    Santa Fe Opera Theatre

    The Santa Fe Opera (SFO) is an American opera company, located 7 miles (11 km) north of Santa Fe in the U.S. state of New Mexico, headquartered on a former guest ranch of 199 acres (0.81 km). John Crosby, a New York-based conductor, founded SFO in 1956, originally as the Opera Association of New Mexico. His goal was to give American singers the opportunity to learn and perform new roles while having ample time for rehearsal and preparation. Its first season began on 3 July 1957. SFO is internationally known for introducing new operas as well as for its productions of the standard operatic repertoire. Since its inception, the Santa Fe Opera has staged over forty American and eleven international premieres, and has commissioned nine new operas. Crosby remained as general director until 2000, the longest general directorship in US opera history. Richard Gaddes served as SFO's General Director from 2000 through 2008. In November 2007, SFO named Charles MacKay the company's third general director, effective 1 October 2008. In addition to being SFO's founding General Director, Crosby had simultaneously served as SFO's de facto first principal conductor. Alan Gilbert became the company's
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    Tulsa Opera

    Tulsa Opera, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the 18th-oldest opera company in the United States and was ranked by Opera News magazine among the 10 favorite regional opera companies in the nation. The company produces three operas each season performed at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The 2012-2013 season features Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment, Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella, and Verdi's Aida. In 1948, five Tulsans, Bess Gowans, Ralph and Ione Sassano, Mary Helen Markham and Beverly Bliss, formed the Tulsa Opera Club. On December 4th of that year, the organization performed Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata, with local singers. By 1953, after already changing its name to Tulsa Opera, Inc., it became evident that the format of presenting light operas and operettas twice yearly with one or two paid professional singers was no longer sufficient for an increasingly sophisticated Tulsa audience. With the presentation of Madama Butterfly in November 1955, featuring imported professional singers for all principal roles, Tulsa Opera successfully completed the transition to grand opera and made a giant step toward national prominence. In 1977, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center
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    Calgary Opera

    The Calgary Opera is a Canadian professional opera company in Calgary, Alberta, originally known as the Southern Alberta Opera Association. It performs in the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, accompanied by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Calgary Opera Chorus. It mounts three productions a year during its November–May season, as well as an annual concert or recital featuring a singer of outstanding international reputation. Calgary Opera also employs a resident company of singers who have completed their training and are in the early stages of their professional careers. These singers cover principal roles, perform in smaller roles, and help take opera to the broader public in Calgary and in the communities of southern Alberta. In Canada, Calgary Opera ranks with Toronto's Canadian Opera Company, Opéra de Montréal, the Vancouver Opera, and Pacific Opera Victoria as being among North America's most innovative and successful opera companies. Calgary Opera showcases primarily North American singers in its casts, and regularly produces contemporary North American operas, including works that it commissions. Calgary Opera was the first Canadian company to mount a
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    Norrland Opera

    The NorrlandsOperan (literally The Norrland's Opera; NOP), is a Swedish opera company in Umeå, located in Norrland, Sweden. The ownership of NOP is divided between the Umeå Municipality (40%) and the Västerbotten County Council (60%). NOP was established in 1974 as a regional opera ensemble. The NOP's first artistic director was Arnold Östman, from 1974 to 1979. NOP now has its own symphony orchestra and facilities for opera, dance, music and art as well as workshops and studios. NOP has four venues, with corresponding seating capacity: NOP also houses the Vita kuben (White Cube), an exhibition space for contemporary art. In 1984, NOP took over the space of the former fire station in Umeå, which was originally built in 1937. After major renovations, the new venue opened in 2002, with a newly built theater and concert hall, combined with the old opera house. An assembly hall was subsequently constructed at the venue. Past NOP artistic directors have included Magnus Aspegren. Past music directors have included Roy Goodman (1995–2001), Kristjan Järvi (2000–2004), and Andrea Quinn (2005–2009). The current managing director and artistic director of NOP is Kjell Englund, since August
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    Zurich Opera

    Oper Zürich (Zurich Opera) is an opera company based in Zurich, Switzerland. The company gives performances in the Opernhaus Zürich which has been the company’s home for fifty years. Wilhelm Furtwängler began his career there, and in 1913 Richard Wagner’s Parsifal was given its first performance outside Bayreuth. Ferruccio Busoni, Paul Hindemith, Richard Strauss, Othmar Schoeck, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin and other famous composers all left their mark on the development of Zurich’s musical theatre. Zurich Opera House has been the setting for numerous world premières, such as Alban Berg’s Lulu, Paul Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler, Arnold Schönberg’s Moses und Aron. Works by Heinrich Sutermeister, Giselher Klebe and Rudolf Kelterborn were also performed here for the first time. From 1975 to 1986, Claus Helmut Drese was artistic director of the company. His artistic standards led the company to gain international recognition, through the presentation of the Monteverdi cycle, with Nikolaus Harnoncourt as conductor and Jean-Pierre Ponnelle as director and set designer. Since the 1991/92 season, Alexander Pereira has been the company's General Director; his tenure opened with Lohengrin,
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    Opera Quotannis

    Opera Quotannis

    Opera Quotannis was a New York-based opera company which was founded in 1990, with conductor Bart Folse as Music Director and stage director Brian Morgan (formerly of The New Opera Theatre) serving as Artistic Director. It specialized in experimental productions of both ancient and contemporary opera. The ensemble's first production was in January 1991, Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, with counter-tenor Derek Lee Ragin as Orpheus and soprano Tracey Mitchell as Euridice, with a period-instrument orchestra, at the Church of St Paul the Apostle at Lincoln Center. Later in 1991, they mounted Monteverdi's Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, again with a period orchestra. In 1992, OQ produced the New York premiere of Louise LaBruyère's Everyman, after the mediæval Morality Play. Mitchell sang the title role, with Cyril and Libbye Hellier as Kindred and Cousin, respectively. The production then toured to New Orleans. In 1995, the company presented a staged version of Schönberg's Pierrot lunaire (with Christine Schadeberg), at the New School for Social Research. In March 1997, Opera Quotannis presented their final production, the original opéra-comique version of Cherubini's Médée, at Alice
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    Pittsburgh Opera

    Pittsburgh Opera

    Pittsburgh Opera is an American opera company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is one of two opera companies in the city, the other being Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Opera gives performances in several venues, primarily at the Benedum Center, with other performances at the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School Theater. Pittsburgh Opera headquarters is located in the former George Westinghouse Air Brake Factory, 2425 Liberty Avenue, in the Strip District. Pittsburgh Opera has been awarded LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and is the first "green" opera company in the U.S. in the Operations and Maintenance Category. Pittsburgh Opera's headquarters is also the oldest green building in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Opera was established in 1939 as the Pittsburgh Opera Company and is the eighth-oldest opera company in the United States. The company was founded by five women who established the Pittsburgh Opera Society in 1939, making possible the inaugural performance of Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann at the Carnegie Music Hall in March 1940. The first director of the company was Richard Karp, from 1942 to 1977. His daughter Barbara Karp
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    Semperoper, Dresden

    Semperoper, Dresden

    The Semperoper is the opera house of the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden (Saxon State Opera) and the concert hall of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Saxon State Orchestra). It is located near the Elbe River in the historic center of Dresden, Germany. The opera house was originally built by the architect Gottfried Semper in 1841. After a devastating fire in 1869, the opera house was rebuilt, partly again by Semper, and completed in 1878. The opera house has a long history of premieres, including major works by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. The first opera house at the location of today's Semperoper was built by the architect Gottfried Semper in 1841. Its opening was on April 13, 1841, with an opera by Carl Maria von Weber. The building style itself is debated among many, as it has features that appear in three styles; Early Renaissance and Baroque, with Corinthian style pillars typical of Greek classical revival. Perhaps the most suitable label for this style would be eclecticism, where influences from many styles are used, a practice most common during this period. Nevertheless, the opera building, Semper's first, is regarded as one of the most beautiful European opera
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    Skylight opera theatre

    Skylight Music Theatre, known until January 2012 as Skylight Opera Theatre, is a professional light opera and musical theatre company located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Founded in 1959, Skylight performs in the 358-seat Cabot Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center in Milwaukee. Offering a broad spectrum of works, including Gilbert and Sullivan and other light opera, small-scale operas and musicals, the company is known for its all-English repertoire. The company experienced a turbulent 2009. Amidst mounting debts, the company fired its popular artistic director, Bill Theisen, in June, assigning most of his duties to its new managing director. After audience and staff protests, mass resignations and national media attention, the managing director eventually resigned, and Theisen was rehired in October 2009. Fundraising initiatives allowed the company to repay some of its debt. The 2009–10 season marked the company's 50th anniversary season, and it has mounted full seasons since then. Skylight's Managing Director is Amy Jensen, and its artistic director is Bill Theisen. The founder of Skylight was Clair Richardson, and Francesca Zambello is a former artistic director. The company is
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    Swanley Light Opera Group

    Swanley Light Opera Group are an amateur theatrical group in Swanley, North-West Kent, UK. The group was formed in 1968 and performed it's first show in 1970. A small number of people, mainly members of the teaching profession who were strongly supported by the then Divisional Education Officer and his wife, held preliminary discussions with a view to furthering the Arts within the former administrative area of the Rural District of Dartford. Public notices were prepared and published and prominent persons throughout the district were circularised, with the result that during the summer of 1969 a public meeting was held to determine the possible support in the Swanley area for the formation of an operatic company. Enthusiasm from potential performers, ancillary workers and other supporters, coupled with tentative indications of some financial support from the local authority through the medium of the Arts Council resulted in the formation of SLOG, and it's first production in early 1970. Numerous suggestions were made for the name of the company and each was carefully considered, but by far the most popular was Swanley Light Opera Group with the obvious connotation of it's
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    University of North Texas College of Music Opera

    University of North Texas College of Music Opera

    The University of North Texas Opera, aka UNT Opera Workshop, is the student performing company of the Opera Studies Department of the Vocal Studies Division (one of eight divisions) of the University of North Texas College of Music. Founded in 1944 by the college's dean, Wilfred Bain, and then newly appointed artist-in-residence, Mary McCormic, the Opera Workshop presents one or more operatic productions each semester — fully mounted with orchestra, set, lighting, and costumes.
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    Boston Opera Company

    Boston Opera Company

    The Boston Opera Company (BOC) was an American opera company located in Boston, Massachusetts that was active from 1909 to 1915. The company was founded in 1908 by Bostonian millionaire Eben Dyer Jordan, Jr. and impresario Henry Russell. Jordan, an opera enthusiast and amateur singer, was the heir to a department store fortune and provided the company's financial backing for its first three seasons. He also provided the funds necessary to complete the Boston Opera House, as the theatre's construction had been halted for some years due to lack of finances. Russell had worked as a talent manager and opera director in Europe and from 1906-1909 his touring opera company, the San Carlo Opera Company (SCOC), had been based in Boston when not on the road. The SCOC was basically the artistic seed for the new Boston Opera Company as many artists working for this touring company, such as Alice Nielsen, Lillian Nordica, Florencio Constantino, and Louise Homer, became a part of the Boston Opera Company. The company's first performance was given for the opening of the Boston Opera House on November 8, 1909. The company presented Amilcare Ponchielli's "La Gioconda" with Nordica in the title role
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    Bronx Opera

    The Bronx Opera is a Bronx, New York opera company founded in 1967 by artistic director and music director Michael Spierman. The company performs two operas a year, both with full orchestra, one lesser known opera in the fall, and an opera from the Standard repertoire in the spring. Performances are at Lehman College, Hunter College, and Hofstra University. BxO's repertoire to date (listed alphabetically by composer) follows: Auber – Fra Diavolo (1977, 2011) Bizet – Carmen (2007) Blitzstein – Regina (2000) Britten – Albert Herring (1974) Chabrier – An Incomplete Education (2006) Copland – The Tender Land (1976, 1995, 2007) Donizetti – Don Pasquale (1978, 1991, 2000, 2010) Donizetti – The Elixir of Love (1975, 1987, 1996) Floyd – Susannah (1980, 1992) Gilbert & Sullivan – Iolanthe (1970) Gilbert & Sullivan – The Pirates of Penzance (1976) Gilbert & Sullivan – Trial by Jury (1991) Gilbert & Sullivan – The Yeomen of the Guard (1995) Gounod – The Doctor in Spite of Himself (1980) Humperdinck – Hansel and Gretel (1973, 2012) Lehár – The Merry Widow (2003) Leoncavallo – Pagliacci (2008) Mahler/Weber – Die drei Pintos (2010) Mechem – Tartuffe (1996) Menotti – The Consul (2005) Menotti –
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    Cluj-Napoca Hungarian Opera

    Cluj-Napoca Hungarian Opera

    The State Hungarian Opera in Cluj-Napoca is a national opera company of Romania, founded on 17 December 1948. The structure was built during 1909-1910, on the site of an old summer theatre dating back in, and reconstructed in 1959-1961. The ensemble can host 862 people. The building also hosts the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj.
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    Des Moines Metro Opera

    The Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) is based in Indianola, Iowa, a town of approximately 14,000 located 12 miles south of Des Moines, Iowa. DMMO was founded by Dr. Robert L. Larsen and Douglas Duncan in 1973. A summer opera festival, the company usually performs three operas in rolling repertory during June and July. Although created as an opera company for the Midwest, the company's audience base has grown over the years. As of 2008 it claims audiences from some 35 states and several foreign countries. The company also sends its educational arm, Opera Iowa, to sites throughout the state from fall through spring. Typically a troupe of several singers, a pianist and technical director, Opera Iowa has also traveled for educational performances in nine neighboring states and participated in exchange programs with like organizations in Japan and China. An important function of the Des Moines Metro Opera is its apprentice program (The James M. Collier Apprentice Artist Program). Every summer the program affords approximately forty young singers an opportunity to study the work of seasoned performers and to work with opera coaches and directors. The apprentice artists perform in the
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    Lyric Opera of Chicago

    Lyric Opera of Chicago

    Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the leading opera companies in the United States. It was founded in Chicago in 1954, under the name 'Lyric Theatre of Chicago' by Carol Fox, Nicolà Rescigno and Lawrence Kelly, with a season that included Maria Callas's American debut in Norma. The company was re-organized by Fox in 1956 under its present name and, after her 1981 departure, it has continued to be of one the major opera companies in the United States. The first opera to be performed in Chicago was Bellini's La Sonnambula, presented by a traveling opera company on 29 July 1850. Chicago's first opera house opened in 1865 but was destroyed in the Great Fire of Chicago in 1870. The second opera house, the Chicago Auditorium, opened in 1889. In 1929 the current Civic Opera House on 20 North Wacker Drive was opened, though the Chicago Civic Opera Company itself collapsed in the Great Depression. The old Auditorium continued to produce stage shows and musicals till it closed in 1941. Fox, America's first female opera impresario at the age of 28, began her first season in 1954 by bringing Maria Callas for her American debut in the title role of Norma, the first of many electrifying Callas
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    Nashville Opera Association

    The Nashville Opera Association is a professional opera company in Nashville, Tennessee and is a member of OPERA America. The company currently offers three fully staged opera productions and the On Tour educational outreach program during an annual season which runs from October through April. Performances are offered at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Downtown Nashville and the award-winning Noah Liff Opera Center in the Sylvan Heights section of West Nashville. Designed by renowned architect Earl Swensson, The 26,000-square-foot (2,400 m) Noah Liff Opera Center houses the company's executive offices, conference facilities, and a state-of-the-art rehearsal studio. The center was designed to accommodate small theatrical performances and special event rentals. Nashville Opera's mission statement is "make a difference by creating legendary productions and programs and providing exceptional service." Nashville Opera is managed by Carol Penterman, Executive Director and CEO. Prior to being selected by Nashville Opera's Board of Directors to lead the company in 1995, Ms. Penterman was recognized throughout the industry for her creativity and business acumen. Classically-trained
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    Rimrock Opera Company

    The Genesis of the Rimrock Opera by Edward Harris News Until the founding of the Rimrock Opera in 1999, opera was a scarce commodity in Billings. Occasional opera performances by touring groups attracted large audiences even though the accompaniment was usually provided by piano rather than orchestra. One notable exception was the 1964 Territorial Celebration tour of Puccini¬タルs Girl of the Golden West, produced by the University of Montana and presented in a dozen sites throughout the state including Billings¬タル Fox Theater. Included in the tour cast were Lee Mathews (who subsequently was the stage director for the 1989 premiere of Pamelia at the Alberta Bair Theater) and Edward Harris (who helped in starting the Rimrock Opera). In the 1970s, the presence of guest artist Julian Patrick at Rocky Mountain College made it possible for RMC¬タルs Don Pihlaja to produce The Old Maid and the Thief and Down in the Valley. Patrick, Pihlaja and Elizabeth Rowan were featured in a production of Amahl and the Night Visitors at First United Methodist Church. In a burst of venturesome programming, Billings Symphony Orchestra conductor George Perkins directed a Billings production of The
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    Sarasota Opera

    Sarasota Opera

    Sarasota Opera is a professional opera company in Sarasota, Florida, USA, which was founded as the Asolo Opera Guild and, until 1974, presented a visiting company's productions. Between 1974 and 1979, it set about mounting its own productions in the same venue until, in 1979, it acquired the Edwards Theatre, which became the Sarasota Opera House in 1984. The house underwent a further renovations in 2008, creating a 1,119-seat venue. In addition to two or three operas in the popular repertoire, each season typically includes an opera as part of the long-running "Verdi Cycle", the company's planned presentations of every Verdi opera, and one in the "American Classics" series. Initially bringing the Turnau Opera of Woodstock, New York to perform chamber-sized operas at the historic Asolo Theater on the grounds of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the guild then began mounting its own productions, also at the Asolo, in 1974, but when it acquired the Edwards Theatre in 1979, the company set about a rehabilitation of the old vaudeville and movie theater and opened it in 1984. Under the artistic direction of Victor DeRenzi since 1982 and executive director Susan T. Danis since
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    The New Opera Theatre

    The New Opera Theatre

    The New Opera Theatre was a New Orleans-based opera company founded in 1986, with conductor Louise LaBruyère as Music Director and stage director Brian Morgan serving as Artistic Director. It specialized in experimental productions of both ancient and contemporary opera. The ensemble's first production was in April 1987, the world-premiere of Morgan's post-minimalist opera, s ("a concerto for stage director"), with Phyllis Treigle as E, and LaBruyère conducting. This was followed later the same year by Hänsel und Gretel, with identical-twins Libbye and Cyril Hellier in the title roles. In 1988, The NOT produced, in collaboration with I Cantori di New York, Dido and Æneas, with Thaïs St Julien as Dido and Susannah Waters as Belinda, with Bart Folse conducting. The production was first seen at New York City's Symphony Space, then in New Orleans. In 1989, The NOT presented the New Orleans premiere of Pelléas et Mélisande (with Tracey Mitchell as Mélisande), which was followed by Bastien und Bastienne, and the world-premiere of Dr LaBruyère's Everyman, after the mediæval Morality Play. The New Opera Theatre's final presentation was of a Benefit Concert, in the fall of 1989, featuring
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    Turkish State Opera and Ballet

    Turkish State Opera and Ballet

    The State Opera and Ballet (Turkish: Devlet Opera ve Balesi) is the national directorate of opera and ballet companies of Turkey, with venues in Ankara, İstanbul, İzmir, Mersin, Antalya and Samsun. The directorate is bound to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The first opera staged during the Ottoman period is usually attributed to the reign of Selim III (1761–1808), when Selim, himself a composer and a poet, invited a foreign company to stage an opera at the Topkapı Palace in 1797. In 1840, Gaetano Donizetti's Belisario became the first opera to be translated into Turkish, and was performed at the newly built theatre by Italian architect Bosco. The theater was transferred to Tütüncüoğlu Michael Naum Efendi in 1844, who continued to arrange opera performances for the following 26 years. An important public opera performance was Giuseppe Verdi's Ernani, staged by an Italian company in Beyoğlu in 1846. Also in 1846, Naum Efendi's theatre was destroyed by fire and was replaced by a new one. During the period of 1846–1877, operas of Verdi, performed mostly by Italian companies, reached a wide audience. As with other arts, the development of Turkish opera and ballet was brought to a
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    Encompass New Opera Theatre

    Encompass New Opera Theatre is a professional opera company located in New York City which specializes in premiering new productions, and reviving 20th century operas by American and international composers. A member of Opera America, Encompass was founded in 1975 by Nancy Rhodes who remains the company's Artistic Director. Since its founding, Encompass has produced over 50 fully mounted operas with orchestra as well as staged readings of more than 150 new works. The company's first production was Virgil Thomson's 1947 opera, The Mother of Us All. Other past productions have included: In 2009 the company received an "Access to Artistic Excellence" from The National Endowment for the Arts to fund the world premiere production of The Theory of Everything by composer John David Earnest and librettist, Nancy Rhodes. Excerpts from the work in progress were presented at New York City Opera's VOX 2007 Festival. Encompass has had three music directors in its history, Jack Gaughan (1975-1993), John Yaffé (1993-2008), and Mara Waldman (2008-present).
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    Philadelphia Grand Opera Company

    Philadelphia Grand Opera Company

    The Philadelphia Grand Opera Company was the name of four different American opera companies active at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the twentieth century. The last and best known of the four was founded in November 1954 with the merger of the Philadelphia Civic Grand Opera Company and the Philadelphia La Scala Opera Company. That company in turn merged with the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company in 1975 to form the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Of the three earlier companies, only one lasted beyond one season; a company founded in 1926 which later became associated with the Curtis Institute of Music in 1929. That company closed its doors in 1932 due to financial reasons during the Great Depression. The first company to be known as the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company (PGOC) was founded in 1916. Its first production, Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, opened on December 18 of that year at the Academy of Music with Regina Vicarino in the title role, Forrest Lamont as Edgardo, and Ettore Martini conducting. Short lived, the company produced one more opera in December 1916, Giuseppe Verdi's Il trovatore, before disbanding. The second company to be
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    Staatstheater Kassel

    Staatstheater Kassel

    The Staatstheater Kassel is a state-owned and -operated theater in Kassel, Germany. A permanent theatre house already existed in Kassel during the first decade of the 17th century. It stood immediately next to the Ottoneum near the State Theatre which is now used as a Natural History Museum and is considered one of the oldest of its kind north of the Alps. Further buildings were constructed for use as public theatre venues, and in the 18th century the opera house was erected on Königsstraße, in which the singer Elisabeth Mara staged her first success and which was conducted by Louis Spohr. On the orders of the German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II, a theatre was built in 1909 with one of the largest stages in the country and seating for an audience of over 1,450. The building was heavily damaged during World War II. The architectural competition for a replacement was won by Hans Scharoun but his ideas were not implemented - instead, the plans of architects Paul Bode and Ernst Brunding were realized; construction finished in 1959 (the competition models are on display at the Kassel City Museum). In 1989 an additional auditorium with 99 seats, the studio stage TIF - Theater im
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    W11 Opera

    W11 Opera is an independent opera company which produces operas performed by young people aged 9 to 18. Founded in 1971, it takes its name from its location in W11, a postal district in West London consisting largely of Notting Hill and parts of Holland Park. Almost all of the productions are new works created by internationally-recognised composers such as George Fenton, John Gardner, Richard Harvey, and Colin Towns. Some of these works go on to be revived by schools and other opera companies. Notable alumni of the company include Eve Best, Jonathan Antoine and Sophie Ellis Bextor. W11 Opera has commissioned and produced almost 30 new operas, more than any other UK company, providing a rich repertoire of music theatre for its cast of 9 to 18 year olds. Each has a running time of just over one hour. Most of the group's commissions are available for performance by schools and music theatre groups. Note: * not a W11 Opera commission; + denotes commission revivals List of opera companies in Europe
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    Cincinnati Opera

    Cincinnati Opera

    • Operas Produced: La bohème
    Cincinnati Opera is an American opera company based in Cincinnati, Ohio and the second oldest opera company in the United States (after the New York Metropolitan Opera). The company, originally named Cincinnati Opera Association, gave its first performance, Flotow's Martha, on 27 June 1920. During its early days, members of the Association also raised funds to mount the world premiere of Ralph Lyford's opera Castle Agrazant which took place at the Cincinnati Music Hall on 29 April 1926. For most of its first fifty years, Cincinnati Opera's performances were held at the Cincinnati Zoo Pavilion. During that time, many prominent singers appeared in the company's productions including Plácido Domingo, Beverly Sills, Norman Treigle, Sherrill Milnes, Montserrat Caballé, Jan Peerce, Robert Merrill, Roberta Peters, Shirley Verrett, Lawrence Tibbett, Richard Tucker, Martina Arroyo, James Morris, Elinor Ross and Barbara Daniels. In 1972, Cincinnati Opera moved its performance base to the newly renovated Cincinnati Music Hall. James de Blasis became the company's Resident Stage Director in 1968. He then served as its General Director from 1973 to 1987. In 1988 he became its Artistic Director,
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    Early Opera Company

    The Early Opera Company is a British ensemble dedicated to the performance of baroque operas using period instruments. It was founded in 1994, by Christian Curnyn. Handel's operas feature prominently in its repertoire, and the Company has given notable performances of Agrippina in New York, Orlando at the South Bank Centre Early Music Festival and Partenope at the Buxton and Aldeburgh Festivals. They have also recorded Partenope and Semele for the Chaconne label on Chandos Records. The recording of Semele was awarded the Handel Prize in 2008. Soloists who have performed with company include Rosemary Joshua, Hilary Summers, Richard Croft and Gail Pearson. They perform at the Lufthansa Baroque Music Festival in May 2009 with John Eccles's The Judgment of Paris in one its first ever performances. The ensemble also made the premiere recording of the work for Chandos Records.
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    IHOS Music Theatre and Opera

    IHOS Music Theatre and Opera is a Tasmanian opera company was established in Hobart in 1990, by composer and artistic director Constantine Koukias, and production director Werner Ihlenfeld to create original music-theatre and opera works. In late 1999 IHOS formed the IHOS Music Theatre Laboratory, a sub-section of the main company that provides training for young opera / music-theatre performers, as well as commissioning and collaborative opportunities for Australian composers, directors and designers.
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    Ihos Opera

    IHOS is a performing arts company with an international reputation for original music-theatre and opera. Works are multicultural, multilingual and exploit multiple art-forms, blending voice, dance and sound with installation art and digital technology. IHOS has origins in the Greek-Australian tradition. The company was established in Hobart in 1990, by composer and artistic director Constantine Koukias, and production director Werner Ihlenfeld. IHOS elaborates cross-cultural themes in modern Australia, and productions have been characterised by the use of unconventional industrial venues, and dramatic language - ancient and modern forms of Greek, Hebrew, Mandarin and German, and alternative forms like braille, semaphore signalling and morse code. IHOS has created five large-scale operas. Days and Nights with Christ, To Traverse Water and MIKROVION, were first staged in Hobart, and have since been showcased at Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart arts festivals. The Divine Kiss was commissioned by Access Arts for the 1998 Brisbane Festival, and later staged at the Theatre Royal, Hobart in 1999. Most recently Tesla - Lightning in His Hand, opened the 2003 Ten Days on the Island
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    Melbourne City Opera

    Melbourne City Opera

    Melbourne City Opera, based in Melbourne, Australia, was formed in 1997. It was the successor of Globe Opera, and the intention is to carry on with those traditions, objectives and achievements. In 2007 the company began performing at the BMW Edge, a 450 seat indoor amphitheatre located in Federation Square. Initially the company made its home at the National Theatre, Melbourne, the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne and later at the Melbourne Athenaeum, and featured Suzanne Steele, Ronald Dowd, Margaret Nisbett, Maureen Howard, and Ron Stevens in productions of La bohème, Faust, Carmen, Pagliacci, Cavalleria rusticana, Madama Butterfly, The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, The Student Prince, and many others. The 2007 season began with productions of Verdi's Il corsaro, Attila and The Pavarotti Story, devised and narrated by director Joseph Talia and conducted by Erich Fackert. In 2008 the season commenced with a concert production of Beethoven's Fidelio at Melba Hall, University of Melbourne. The company presented The Puccini Story in honour of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Giacomo Puccini. This program was an analysis of how Puccini's personal characteristics impacted on the creation
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    Norwegian National Opera

    Den Norske Opera or the Norwegian National Opera is the first fully professional company for opera and ballet in Norway. It was founded in 1957. Kirsten Flagstad, the great Norwegian soprano, was its general manager from 1958 to 1960. For most of the 20th century fierce debate has raged in the Norwegian public sphere about the would be construction of a new opera. When a construction project finally was agreed upon, the site that was chosen was Bjᅢᄌrvika in harbour area of downtown Oslo. The New National Opera House is estimated to be ready for opening in the Spring of 2008.
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    Opera a la Carte

    Opera a la Carte is a Los Angeles USA-based Gilbert and Sullivan professional touring repertory company. It was founded in 1970 by British Gilbert and Sullivan artist Richard Sheldon, who directs its productions. Sheldon was principal comedian with the Gilbert and Sullivan for All performing group directed by Thomas Round and Donald Adams. The company tours in the United States presenting "traditional" style Gilbert and Sullivan productions.
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    Opera Comique Maastricht

    Opéra Comique Maastricht (OCM) is an amateur opera company in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Established in 1989, the company performs English and French comic operas and operettas in their original language. Most of their performances take place in La Bonbonnière theatre in Maastricht.
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    Opéra-Comique

    Opéra-Comique

    The Opéra-Comique is a Parisian opera company, which was founded around 1714 by some of the popular theatres of the Parisian fairs. In 1762 the company was merged with, and for a time took the name of its chief rival the Comédie-Italienne at the Hôtel de Bourgogne, and was also called the Théâtre-Italien up to about 1793, when it again became most commonly known as the Opéra-Comique. Today the company's official name is Théâtre national de l'Opéra-Comique, and its theatre, with a capacity of around 1,248 seats, sometimes referred to as the Salle Favart (the third on this site), is located in Place Boïeldieu, in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, not far from the Palais Garnier, one of the theatres of the Paris Opéra. The musicians and others associated with the Opéra-Comique have made important contributions to operatic history and tradition in France, and to French opera. Its current mission is to reconnect with its history, and discover its unique repertoire, to ensure production and dissemination of operas for the wider public. Mainstays of the repertory at the Opéra-Comique during its history have included the following works which have each been performed more than 1,000 times
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    Pinchgut Opera

    Pinchgut Opera is a chamber opera company in Sydney, Australia, presenting opera from the 17th and 18th centuries performed on period instruments. Founded in 2002, the company's goal is to present operas not widely known and worthy of a wider audience. Pinchgut stages one opera each year in Sydney's City Recital Hall, a venue chosen with the aim of a more intimate and involving audience experience. The company utilises the professional chamber choir Cantillation as its chorus and has engaged both the Sirius Ensemble and the Orchestra of the Antipodes . Pinchgut draws most of its singers, players, directors and designers from Australia, aiming in particular to develop and foster local talent. Pinchgut's joint artistic directors are Erin Helyard and Antony Walker. Walker has conducted most Pinchgut productions, although in 2007 the company's production of Vivaldi's Juditha triumphans was directed from the harpsichord by Attilio Cremonesi, and the company's co-artistic director Erin Helyard will conduct the 2009 production of Francesco Cavalli's L'Ormindo. All productions are recorded by ABC Classics and are released on CD. Pinchgut Opera draws its unusual name from Fort Denison, a
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    Savoy Opera Society

    . Savoy Opera Society (SOS) is the operetta society at Royal Holloway, University of London. It was founded in 1965 and is now the oldest society on campus. The Society regularly performs two operettas a year - one in the first term and one in the second term. The first term show is held in Jane Holloway Hall and is considered a lower budget show than the second term show which is performed on the main stage at the Students Union. Recent productions include The Mikado (Jane Holloway), The Merry Widow (SU Stage), Patience (Jane Holloway), Iolanthe (SU Stage) and The Pirates of Penzance (Jane Holloway). Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II was performed during the second term of the 2008-2009 year on the SU main stage. Productions this year will include: Princess Ida by Gilbert and Sullivan on the Jane Holloway Stage The Sorcerer by Gilbert and Sullivan on the SU Main Stage The society is run by an elected student committee consisting of the following positions:
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    The NBR New Zealand Opera

    The NBR New Zealand Opera is New Zealand's largest professional opera company. The company was formed in 2000 when the Wellington City Opera (1992–1999) and Auckland Opera (1970–2000) companies decided to merge into one organization for financial reasons. The company produces two fully staged operas each year during an annual season.
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    West Australian Opera

    West Australian Opera is the principal opera company of Western Australia and is based at His Majesty's Theatre in Perth. The company formed in 1967 and works in close association with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. As of 2008, the Chairman is Erich Fraunschiel and Artistic Director is Richard Mills. Mills composed The Love of the Nightingale to help celebrate the company's 40th anniversary, and premiered it in February 2007.
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    Lancaster Opera Company

    The Lancaster Opera Company is a non-profit, all-volunteer opera in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In the late 1940s, Frederick and Dorothy Robinson, a husband and wife team of voice teachers, moved their studios from Philadelphia to Lancaster in order to accommodate their many area students. Realizing the need for a performing outlet for these students, other than church choirs, they conceived the idea of an opera workshop. This dream was brought to fruition in 1951 when a small group of students met to create an opera workshop whose goal was to perform scenes from grand opera and one-act operas in English, rehearsing in the Robinson's basement and presenting their work in a local high school. In May 1952 the first "informal evening of opera" was presented and well received. Accompanied only by piano, the performance of one-act operas continued until 1957, when a decision was made to try a full three-act opera, La Bohème. Around this time, a committee of representatives from local theatrical producing groups was formed to investigate the possibility of live theatre at the Fulton, then a failing movie theatre. In 1960, with the cooperation of the Fulton Opera House owners, the Lancaster
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    Teatro Regio di Parma

    Teatro Regio di Parma

    Teatro Regio di Parma is a famous 19th century opera house and opera company in Parma, Italy. The theatre was originally known as the Teatro Ducale. The construction was begun in 1821 by Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma on the location of the former Monastery of St. Alexander. The design was by Nicola Bettoli. It was inaugurated in 1829 with Vincenzo Bellini's Zaira. The theatre is closely associated with the composer Verdi (who lived in nearby Busseto) and conductor Arturo Toscanini, who was born in Parma. Its season runs from mid-December to mid-April and the company mounts some four productions per year, but since 2004 it has mounted an annual "Festival Verdi" each October with the aim of presenting every Verdi opera by the bi-centennial year of the composer's birth. The Festival includes associated discussions and other relevant presentations. In popular culture, the Teatro Regio was heavily featured in the 1987 Italian horror film, Opera, directed by Dario Argento.
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    Opera Company of Philadelphia

    The Opera Company of Philadelphia (OCP) is an American opera company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is the city's only company producing grand opera. The organization produces five fully staged opera productions annually, encompassing works from the seventeenth through the 21st century. The famed Academy of Music, the oldest opera house to be continuously in use for its original purpose within the United States, is currently the venue for three of company's performances; two productions of chamber opera are produced at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theatre. The company is led by David Devan, who was appointed General Director in 2011. The Opera Company of Philadelphia was established in 1975 with the merger of the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company (PLOC) and the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company (PGOC); two organizations which had competed with one another for many years. Adele W. Paxson, who headed the PLOC, was appointed the first president of the company's board, a position she held for many years. Max Leon, conductor and General Manager of the PGOC, became the company's first General Manager and Carl Suppa became the company's first Artistic Director. All three individuals were
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    American Light Opera Company

    The American Light Opera Company was a semi-professional theatre company performing light operas and musicals in Washington, D.C. from 1960 to 1968. It was founded by a group of former and (at the time) current members of the University of Michigan's Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Its first production, The Mikado, took place on 17 June 1960 at Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland. Over the next few years, the company grew rapidly, with five to six productions a season, usually performed in the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University. The company also performed at the White House, and its chorus appeared several times with Washington's National Symphony Orchestra. Their final performance was West Side Story performed at Western High School in Washington D.C. on 28 January 1968. Notable past performers with the company include the actress Georgia Engel,the dancer and choreographer George Faison, the opera singer Richard Stilwell, and the performer "Rusty" Russ Thacker. The President and Executive Director of the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., Donn B. Murphy, directed several productions for the company – Show Boat (1961), Finian's Rainbow (1962), South
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    Baltic State Opera

    The Baltic State Opera (Polish: Państwowa Opera Bałtycka) is an opera company in Gdańsk, Poland which performs in the Baltic State Opera House. Originally, in 1949, it was organized as an Opera-Studio rather than as a full scale opera company. Due to the destruction of all theatres in Gdańsk by the end of World War II, it made do with temporary facilities for a number of years after its founding, giving performances in various places around Gdańsk and Sopot and finally settling in its current location, a building adapted from a former gymnasium to which a newly built stage was attached. The entire building has been completely renovated. In the same year (1949), as many other institutions in Poland, Opera-Studio was nationalized. The first season started formally in 1950. From 1952, in addition to opera performances, ballets were added. In 1953 the Opera-Studio joined the local Philharmonic Orchestra to form one institution under a single management and it was renamed as the Baltic State Opera and Philharmonic. Within it, the Gdańsk Philharmonic Orchestra (which was created in 1945) performed two functions: as an active Symphony orchestra, giving frequent and regular concerts to the
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    Berkshire Opera Company

    The Berkshire Opera Company was an American opera company located in Lee, Massachusetts. The company was founded in 1985 by Rex Hearn and closed in 2009. Amongst the highlights of the company's history were: Performances were held at Cranwell Opera House from 1985 until 1992, when the Opera company sought new venues: Pittsfield's Colonial Theatre and The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Updates added by Rex Hearn, Founder & President Emeritus of Berkshire Opera Festival, also Music Critic of Palm Beach Daily News and palmbeachartspaper.com
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    Dallas Opera

    Dallas Opera

    The Dallas Opera is an opera company located in Dallas, Texas (USA). The company was founded in 1957 as the Dallas Civic Opera by Laurence Kelly and Nicolà Rescigno, both of whom had been active with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the first as administrator, the second as artistic director. The company made its mark in American opera long before the upsurge of regional opera in the US.Maria Callas opened the Civic Opera's first season with an inaugural recital conducted by Rescigno. She returned the following year to perform in La traviata in a production by Franco Zeffirelli and in Medea, directed by the Greek director, Alexis Minotis, two of her infrequent performances in the United States. According to John Ardoin, the long-time music critic for The Dallas Morning News, she sang in Lucia di Lammermoor in the 1958 season. Callas' rehearsal, with Resigno conducting the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, on 20 November 1957 was recorded, as was her performance in Medea on 6 November 1958. Of the company's successes, one writer notes that "the Dallas Opera may have been just beginning, but what they accomplished was of the highest standard", while, in an interview, John Ardoin outlines the
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    Hamburg State Opera

    Hamburg State Opera

    The Hamburg State Opera (in German: Hamburgische Staatsoper) is one of the leading opera companies in Germany. Opera in Hamburg dates back to 2 January 1678 when the Oper am Gänsemarkt was inaugurated with a performance of a biblical Singspiel by Johann Theile. It was not a court theatre but the first public opera house in Germany established by the art-loving citizens of Hamburg, a prosperous member of the Hanseatic League. The Hamburg Bürgeroper resisted the dominance of the Italianate style and rapidly became the leading musical center of the German Baroque. In 1703, George Friedrich Handel was engaged as violinist and harpsichordist and performances of his operas were not long in appearing. In 1705, Hamburg gave the world première of his opera Nero. In 1721, Georg Philipp Telemann, a central figure of the German Baroque, joined the Hamburg Opera, and in subsequent years Christoph Willibald Gluck, Johann Adolph Hasse and various Italian companies were among the guests. To replace the aging wooden structure, the first stone was laid on 18 May 1826 for the Stadt-Theater on the present-day site of the Hamburg State Opera. The new theater, with seating for 2800, was inaugurated less
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    Kentucky Opera

    The Kentucky Opera is the state opera of Kentucky, located in Louisville. The operas are accompanied by the Louisville Orchestra. Founded in 1952 by Moritz von Bomhard, it is the twelfth oldest opera company in the United States and has a more than $2 million budget. The Kentucky Opera is an important part of theater in Kentucky. In January 2006, David Roth was announced as the new general director of Kentucky Opera. Roth had been with Fort Worth Opera since 2000 where he was both Director of Production and Director of Finance. The 2004-2005 season included Massenet's Thaïs, Rossini's La Cenerentola, and Puccini's Madama Butterfly. The 2005-2006 season included Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Adamo's Little Women, and Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Onegin was the company's first ever production to be performed in Russian. The 2006-2007 season included Puccini's La Bohème, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, and Bizet's The Pearl Fishers. The 2007-2008 season included Puccini's Turandot, Verdi's Il Trovatore, Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, and a special concert version of Saint-Saëns' Samson and Delilah starring Metropolitan Opera star Denyce Graves. The 2008-2009 season
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    Lithuanian Opera Company of Chicago

    The Lithuanian Opera Company of Chicago was founded by Lithuanian emigrants in 1956, and presents operas in Lithuanian. It celebrated fifty years of existence in 2006, and operates as a not-for-profit organization. It is noteworthy for performing the rarely staged Rossini's William Tell (1986) and Ponchielli's I Lituani (1981, 1983 and 1991), and also for contributing experienced chorus singers to the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The opera Jūratė and Kastytis by Kazimieras Viktoras Banaitis was presented in Chicago, Illinois in 1996. Lithuanians operas were sometimes held at Maria High School in Chicago and such operas are now sometimes held at Morton East High School in Cicero, Illinois.
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    Opera Tampa

    Opera Tampa is the resident opera company of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts (formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center). Now in its 15th season, Opera Tampa produces and presents grand opera. The full-scale productions – generally of Italian opera – feature international performers, the Opera Tampa Orchestra and the 50-60 member Opera Tampa Chorus under the direction of composer-conductor Anton Coppola. Judith Lisi, president of the Straz Center, also acts as managing director of Opera Tampa. Soprano and founder of V.O.I.C.Experience, Maria Zouves is associate director of Opera Tampa. Baritone Sherrill Milnes is Opera Tampa’s artistic advisor. Since 2007, the Opera Tampa Orchestra has been contracted and managed for the Center by IBEX Productions LLC, a Tampa-Based music production firm. Opera Tampa performs in the Straz Center’s 2,500-seat Carol Morsani Hall, which was designed as a classic horseshoe opera house in the style of the grand opera houses of Europe. The acoustics in Morsani Hall were designed by Russell Johnson.
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    Real Time Opera

    Real Time Opera (RTO) is a performing arts organization dedicated to the production of new opera. Founded in 2002, it is based in Contoocook, New Hampshire and Oberlin, Ohio and produces opera across the USA, engaging professional singers and a range of instrumental ensembles for performances at a wide variety of venues. The first season in 2003 presented a workshop of Korczak's Orphans by Adam Silverman and Susan Gubernat based on the life of the famous Polish children's doctor, orphanage director and Holocaust martyr, Janusz Korczak. It was performed at the Lebanon Opera House in New Hampshire and in May 2004 was presented at New York City Opera as part of VOX 2004: Showcasing American Composers. It continues to have workshopped performances at Opera Theatre of Brooklyn. Hawaiian Tan Ratface with words and music by John Trubee was premiered in February, 2004, at San Francisco's Studio Z, accompanied by the Ugly Janitors of America with choreography by Carl Franzoni. Feynman is a new opera by composer Jack Vees, Operations Director of the Yale Center for Studies in Music Technology, and librettist Paul Schick. Its subject is the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and cult figure
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    Royal Opera, London

    Royal Opera, London

    • Operas Produced: The Rake's Progress
    The Royal Opera is a company based in central London, resident at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Along with the English National Opera, it is one of the two principal opera companies in London. Founded in 1946 as the Covent Garden Opera Company, it was known by that title until 1968. It brought a long annual season and consistent management to a house that had previously hosted short seasons under a series of impresarios. Since its inception, it has shared the Royal Opera House with the dance company now known as The Royal Ballet. When the company was formed, its policy was to perform all works in English, but since the late 1950s most operas have been given in the original language. From the outset, performers have comprised a mixture of British and Commonwealth singers and international guest stars, but fostering the careers of singers from within the company was a consistent policy of the early years. Among the many guest performers have been Maria Callas, Plácido Domingo, Kirsten Flagstad, Hans Hotter, Birgit Nilsson, Luciano Pavarotti and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Among those who have risen to international prominence from the ranks of the company are Geraint Evans, Joan
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    Silesian Opera

    Silesian Opera

    Silesian Opera (Polish: Opera Śląska) is an opera company in Bytom, Silesia, Poland which was founded in 1945. It has its home at the former City Theatre, which was built between 1898-1901. Adamo Didur was the first artistic director.
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    Vancouver Opera

    Vancouver Opera is the second largest performing arts organization in British Columbia and the largest opera company in western Canada. It performs in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre accompanied currently by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, one of two specialized opera orchestras in Canada (the other being Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company). Vancouver Opera mounts four productions a year. Vancouver Opera was founded in 1958 and presented its first production in 1960. From its inception until 1974, and for two seasons from 1982 to 1984, the company was headed by Artistic Director Irving Guttman. Conductor Richard Bonynge served as Artistic Director from 1974 to 1982, and he was the founding Music Director of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra in the moment of its creation in 1977 (till that moment Vancouver Symphony Orchestra played also in the pit in opera productions). In 1984, Brian McMaster began a five-year tenure. He was followed by Guus Mostart for three seasons (1989-90, 1990-91 and 1991-92), and by Robert Hallam, who in 1991 was appointed to the new position of General Director. The company's current General Director, James W. Wright, assumed the position in 1999. Formerly the head of
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    Bregenzer Festspiele

    Bregenzer Festspiele

    • Operas Produced: American Lulu
    Bregenzer Festspiele (Bregenz Festival) is a performing arts festival which is held every July and August in Bregenz, Austria. Founded in 1946, the festival presents a wide variety of musical and theatrical events in several venues: Since December 2003, David Pountney has been the artistic director of the festival. In 2010, the festival offered about 100 performances that drew an audience of close to 200,000. Over April and May 2008, scenes for the 22nd James Bond film Quantum of Solace were filmed on the Seebühne during a performance of Tosca and in June 2008 the German broadcasting corporation ZDF hosted its 2008 European Football Championship live broadcast studio on the floating stage.
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    American Savoyards

    American Savoyards

    American Savoyards was an Off-Broadway and touring repertory theatre company that produced light operas, principally the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, in New York City and on tour between 1948 and 1967. In 1948, director Dorothy Raedler started a professional Gilbert and Sullivan repertory company named The Masque and Lyre Light Opera Company, after an amateur theatre group that she had founded in 1939 and directed under that name. They opened on Long Island with four different G&S shows, moving to New York City in 1949. The company stayed in New York for three and half years, performing ten of the Savoy Operas plus Cox and Box. Raedler planned to take the company on tour in 1952. She traveled to England in June 1952 with her leading comic baritone and soprano, Rue and Sally Knapp, to research W.S. Gilbert's staging, choreography, costumes, properties and other aspects of the original Gilbert and Sullivan productions. She intended her productions to follow the performance "traditions" of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, and she replicated "authentic" costumes as closely as possible. Raedler's intentions, as stated in the company's program notes, were to avoid "pork pie" gags or
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    D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

    D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

    The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company was a professional light opera company that staged Gilbert and Sullivan's Savoy operas. The company performed nearly year-round in the UK and sometimes toured in Europe, North America and elsewhere, from the 1870s until it closed in 1982. It was revived in 1988 and played seasons in London and on shorter tours until 2003. The Times praised "the company's unique performance style, which may be summarised as a combination of good taste and good fun". In 1875, Richard D'Oyly Carte asked the dramatist W. S. Gilbert and the composer Arthur Sullivan to collaborate on a short comic opera to round out an evening's entertainment. When that work, Trial by Jury, became a success, Carte put together a syndicate to produce a full-length Gilbert and Sullivan work, The Sorcerer (1877), followed by H.M.S. Pinafore (1878). After Pinafore became an international sensation, Carte jettisoned his difficult investors and formed a new partnership with Gilbert and Sullivan that became the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. The company produced the succeeding ten Gilbert and Sullivan operas and many other operas and companion pieces at the Savoy Theatre in London, which Carte built
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    Pocket Opera

    Pocket Opera is an opera company based in San Francisco, California which has been presenting operas in English since 1978. The company was founded by Donald Pippin, whose musical career has spanned over six decades. Born in Zebulon, North Carolina and educated at Harvard University, Pippin began his career as an accompanist at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet in New York City. In 1952, Pippin moved to San Francisco, and has been an integral part of that city's artistic life since then. Audiences have followed him from his start at the hungry i and Opus One in North Beach, through nearly two decades of presenting a weekly chamber music series (1960-1978) at the Old Spaghetti Factory, to his present-day fame as the creator of one of San Francisco's most popular operatic institutions. Pippin's first translation came in 1968, in the course of preparing Mozart's one-act opera Bastien und Bastienne for performance as part of his chamber music series. The opera, and his singing translation of it, were immediate successes with San Francisco audiences. From that point on, Pippin has dedicated himself to the task of producing literate English versions of both well-loved
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    Anchorage Opera

    Anchorage Opera (AO) is a professional opera company located in Anchorage, Alaska and is a member of OPERA America. Anchorage Opera was one of the first major performing arts institutions established by Americans in the Circumpolar North. The company was officially incorporated as Anchorage Civic Opera in 1962.
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    English Opera Group

    The English Opera Group was a small company of British musicians formed in 1947 by the composer Benjamin Britten (along with John Piper and Eric Crozier) for the purpose of presenting his and other, primarily British, composers' operatic works. The group later expanded in order to present larger-scale works, and was renamed the English Music Theatre Company. It closed down in 1980. Fleeing internal politics at Sadler's Wells Opera at the end of 1945, Britten and singers Joan Cross and Peter Pears combined with designer Piper and producer Crozier to found the English Opera Group. The new company's goal was to premiere Britten's operas, and to present other, mostly British, small-scale operas. The company's first project was to première Britten's chamber opera Albert Herring and give further performances of his opera The Rape of Lucretia during a tour of British and continental European venues. It also commissioned and premièred a new piece by Lennox Berkeley, a setting of the Stabat Mater. Despite heavy subsidies, however, the costs of touring could not be recouped, so Britten and the group's other directors decided that it should be based at a home venue. This was the prime reason
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    Gilbert and Sullivan for All

    Gilbert and Sullivan for All was a touring concert and opera company, formed in 1963 by D'Oyly Carte Opera Company performers Thomas Round and Donald Adams and Norman Meadmore, and which exclusively performed the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, usually in concert, but sometimes giving full productions. They also recorded most of the Savoy operas both on video and audio. They continued to tour into the 1980s, occasionally reuniting for performances thereafter. Gilbert and Sullivan For All gave concert performances of highlights from the Savoy operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, and sometimes full productions of the operas, throughout Britain and making several world tours to North America, Australasia, and the Far East. By 1963, Round had left the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, and, together with Adams and Meadmore, formed the group. Gilbert and Sullivan for All, usually composed of five or six singers and a pianist, would perform on nights when D'Oyly Carte was playing The Gondoliers, since Adams was not engaged by D'Oyly Carte to play in that opera. In 1969 Adams left the D'Oyly Carte Company, and he joined Gilbert and Sullivan For All full time. The group's repertory included highlights
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    Opera Delaware

    Opera Delaware is a professional opera company located in Wilmington, Delaware. The company was founded in 1944 and is one of the oldest professional opera companies in the United States. To date the company has staged 198 productions of 104 operas by 55 composers. Opera Delaware has also presented 19 world premieres (18% of their repertoire) and three U.S. premieres. The company offers three fully staged productions during an annual season and has frequently received positive reviews for its productions in such publications as Opera News and the New York Times. In 2005 Opera News said, "Now in its sixtieth season, Opera Delaware continues to provide quality productions that both entertain and involve the community it serves. Their new production of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess is superbly produced and led by an all around stellar cast." The company performs its productions at the historic Grand Opera House.
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    PORTopera

    PORTopera is a professional opera company founded in 1994 by Bruce Hangen and based in Portland, Maine, although some of its productions travel within the state. Its name derives from "Portland Opera Repertory Theatre" (PORT). The principal company presents one, or occasionally up to three, operas each summer, and its adjunct Maine Emerging Artists Young Artists Program, founded in 1996, generally presents one more on a smaller scale. Hangen served as PORTopera's Artistic Director until 2002; his successor, Dona D. Vaughn, has held that position ever since. The company made its home at Portland's State Theater until moving to Merrill Auditorium in 1997. Besides Hangen, who before founding the company had led the Portland and Omaha Symphony Orchestras, conductors who have worked with PORTopera include guests Giovanni Reggioli and Stephen Lord and present conductor Robert Moody. Among singers who have performed with the company are New Englanders Mary Dunleavy and Kate Aldrich; the latter, who appeared in the title role of Bizet's Carmen in 2005, was the first Maine native to fill a principal role in one of the company's major productions. The company's initial offering, in July,
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    Vienna State Opera

    Vienna State Opera

    The Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper) is an opera house – and opera company – with a history dating back to the mid-19th century. It is located in the centre of Vienna, Austria. It was originally called the Vienna Court Opera (Wiener Hofoper). In 1920, with the replacement of the Habsburg Monarchy by the First Republic of Austria, it was renamed the Vienna State Opera. The members of the Vienna Philharmonic are recruited from its orchestra. The building was the first major building on the Vienna Ringstraße commissioned by the Viennese "city expansion fund". Work commenced on the building in 1861 and was completed in 1869, following plans drawn up by architects August Sicard von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll. It was built in the Neo-Renaissance style. The Ministry of the Interior had commissioned a number of reports into the availability of certain building materials, with the result that stones long not seen in Vienna were used, such as Wöllersdorfer Stein, for plinths and free-standing, simply-divided buttresses, the famously hard stone from Kaisersteinbruch, whose colour was more appropriate than that of Kelheimerstein, for more lushly decorated parts. The somewhat
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    Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra

    The Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra is a non-profit, professional opera company and orchestra founded under that name in 1993 and based in Stamford, Connecticut in the United States. By uniting several organizations including the then-Connecticut Grand Opera in Bridgeport, CT and the Stamford Chamber Orchestra under the general director and conductor Laurence Gilgore, the opera company and orchestra came together as one organization. The amalgamated company is often referred to as CGO&O. CGO&O is a member of OPERA America and has received critical praise from The New York Times, London's The Financial Times,, Opera News,, Opera magazine, and The New Yorker. The company presents three fully staged operas each year. In August 1985, under General Manager John Hiddlestone, it became the third American opera company ever to have been invited to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival with Menotti's The Consul. Past productions having featured artists such as Marilyn Horne, Sherrill Milnes, Alessandra Marc, Peter Serkin, and Renée Fleming, as well as directors Arvin Brown and Tom O'Horgan.
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    New York City Opera

    New York City Opera

    The New York City Opera (NYCO) is an American opera company located in New York City. The company, called "the people's opera" by New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, was founded in 1943. The company's stated purpose was to make opera accessible to a wide audience at a reasonable ticket price. It also sought to produce an innovative choice of repertory, and provide a home for American singers and composers. The company was originally housed at the New York City Center theater on West 55th Street. It later became part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts from 1966 to 2010 during which time it produced autumn and spring seasons of opera in repertory and maintained extensive education and outreach programs, offering arts-in-education programs to 4,000 students in over thirty schools. In 2011, the company left Lincoln Center due to financial difficulties, moving its offices and archives to 75 Broad St. in Lower Manhattan.In the 2011–2012 season NYCO will perform four operas at various venues in New York City, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music. During its nearly 70 year history, the NYCO has helped launch the careers of many great opera singers including Beverly Sills,
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    Riverside opera ensemble

    The Riverside Opera Ensemble is a Manhattan based New York City music theatre company founded in 1984. Since 2001 it is dedicated to the development performance of new works. Founded by Nathan Ray Matthews, the company has produced new works by various composers including David Del Tredici, Stephen Dembski, Patrick Byers and Richard Pearson Thomas. The company has received praise and notice by publications such as The New York Times and Opera News. Official site.
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    Theatre Royal, Brighton

    Theatre Royal, Brighton

    • Operas Produced: La figlia del mago
    The Theatre Royal, Brighton is a theatre in Brighton, England, United Kingdom presenting a range of West End and touring musicals and plays, along with performances of opera and ballet and a Christmas pantomime. In 1806 the Prince of Wales gave Royal Assent for the theatre to be built and it opened on 27 June 1807, with a performance of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. It struggled with mixed fortunes until the theatre was purchased in 1854 by actor Henry John Nye Chart, who engaged theatre architect Charles J. Phipps to begin a programme of expansion and redevelopment. The theatre improved its reputation and finances, becoming a respected venue. When Henry John Nye Chart died in 1876 his wife took over and continued the success as one of the first female theatre managers. Since 1999 the theatre has been owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group. In 2007 the theatre celebrated its 200th anniversary with a visit from Queen Elizabeth II who renamed a box after herself.
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    Victoria State Opera

    The Victoria State Opera, based in Melbourne, Australia, where it was founded in 1962 as the Victorian Opera Company, collapsed in 1996 due to financial difficulties. At this point, the former Australian Opera merged with this company and renamed itself Opera Australia, taking on the responsibilities of performing opera in both the states of Victoria and New South Wales. More recently, the Victorian Opera has been formed with funding from the Victorian government to provide an opera company for Melbourne and Victoria.
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    Wolf Trap Opera Company

    The Wolf Trap Opera Company produces a summer opera festival as part of the program of the Wolf Trap Foundation located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia. The program was established in 1971, and has developed into one of America's outstanding resident ensemble programs for emerging professional opera singers. Its mission is to discover and encourage emerging talent in the opera field, and it serves young singers of exceptional achievement and potential by giving them training and performance experience with opera productions, concerts and recitals each summer at the Filene Center and The Barns at Wolf Trap. Productions also feature the work of rising directors, conductors, designers, coaches, stage managers, scenic artists, and technicians. The Company provides performance and career development opportunities for two tiers of emerging professional singers. Filene Young Artists have typically recently finished academic study and apprentice training and are about to enter the full-time professional stage of their careers. They sing all featured and supporting roles in WTOC productions and are featured in concert and recital. Studio Artists are
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    Alberta Opera

    Alberta Opera Musical Theatre for Young People, based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is the major touring Theatre for Young Audiences company in Alberta. It has been presenting original musical theatre adaptations in schools in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta since 1984 and its repertoire includes such fairytale favourites as Rapunzel, Puss in Boots, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rumplestiltskin, The Frog Prince, The Red Shoes, and the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award-winning Jack and the Beanstalk. Besides exploring traditional themes with contemporary eyes, Alberta Opera offers 16 students the chance to actively participate in each production as actors and stagehands. The company moved to its current office in the Stanley A. Milner Library (Downtown) branch of the Edmonton Public Library in 2008, and it has established itself as one of the finest and most engaging educational production companies in Canada, presenting performances to over one million people since its inception. The 2008/2009 season consists of an Alberta tour of the world premiere of Little Red Riding Hood, as well as a British Columbia tour of The Frog Prince. Alberta Opera performed for 130,000 children
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    Amato Opera

    Amato Opera

    The Amato Opera was an opera company located in the East Village neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of New York City. The company was produced by the husband and wife team of Anthony and Sally Amato and presented opera on a small scale with a reduced orchestra at low prices. Over its 61 years in existence, it encouraged and trained many young singers. The company was founded in 1948 by husband and wife team Anthony (July 21, 1920 – December 13, 2011) and Sally Bell Amato (September 27, 1917 – August 16, 2000). Tony Amato acted as artistic director, choosing the repertoire, rehearsing and conducting the operas. In the early productions, he often cast students from his opera classes at The America Theatre Wing, where he was the Director of the Opera Workshop. These was no admission charge for the company's early performances, because union rules prohibited it. Instead, during the intermission the Amatos would "pass the hat around" for contributions. Sally acted as costumier, ran lights and box office and managed publicity and business matters. Under the alias Serafina Bellantoni, she sang in productions for over fifty years. Their first production, Rossini's The Barber of Seville,
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    American Opera Company

    The American Opera Company was the name of four different opera companies active in the United States. The first company was a short-lived opera company founded in New York City in February, 1886 that lasted only one season. The second company was based out of Rochester, New York and was active from the mid 1920s up until 1930 when it went bankrupt not too long after the Wall Street Crash of 1929. The third opera company was a short lived company located in Trenton, New Jersey that was active in 1937. The fourth and last opera company was actively performing in Philadelphia from 1946 through 1950. The first American Opera Company was founded in 1886 by well known arts patron Jeannette Meyers Thurber who had just founded the National Conservatory of Music of America a few months earlier. Based in New York City, the American Opera Company was under the musical direction of Theodore Thomas with Gustav Hinrichs and Arthur Mees assistant conductors and Charles E. Locke was the business manager. It rented the premises of the Academy of Music in New York City for local performances during 1886. It also toured, playing in April, May and June 1886 in, among other cities, Boston,
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    American Opera Projects

    American Opera Projects (AOP) is a professional opera company based in New York City, NY and is a member of OPERA America, the Fort Greene Association, and the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./NY). The company's primary mission is to develop and present new works. World premieres produced by the company include Lee Hoiby's This is the Rill Speaking (2008), Stefan Weisman's Darkling (2006) and Paula Kimper's Patience & Sarah (1998). Works developed by the company include Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness (2011). The company was founded in 1988 by Grethe Barrett Holby who served as Artistic Director of AOP from 1988 until 2001, at which point Charles Jarden became the company's Executive Director and Steven Osgood the company's Artistic Director. Amongst the venues and festivals where AOP productions have appeared are the Lincoln Center Festival, the Guggenheim Museum, Symphony Space, Philadelphia's Annenberg Center, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Berlin's Stükke Theater, Aleksander Fredro Teatr in Poland and the Ensemble Theater am Petersplatz in Vienna. It has also given many out-of-doors performances sponsored by the City of New York Department of Parks and
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    Chamber Made

    Chamber Made Opera is an Australian production house for contemporary opera and music theatre. Formed in 1988 by theatre director and librettist Douglas Horton. It is Australia’s only full-time company exclusively devoted to the commissioning and presentation of music-theatre works by living artists. Since taking up the artistic directorship in 2010, David Young has commissioned and presented twelve new Australian operas, many of which were created as part of the company's "Living Room Opera" series. Chamber Made Opera works with established artists and emerging professionals. The company also engages performers from different disciplines and ‘non-traditional’ music and performance backgrounds. Their productions range from contemporary classical music theatre, through to cross art 'hybrid' performance works. This range encompasses wide stylistic and ethnic diversity in music and music-makers. The company has forged partnerships with the Victorian Opera, the Victorian Writers’ Centre, Bell Shakespeare, Rawcus, Malthouse Theatre, New Music Network, and the Australian Music Centre. From 2010, a series of domestic-scale chamber operas have been commissioned and developed for
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    De Nederlandse Opera

    De Nederlandse Opera (DNO), (English: The Dutch Opera) in Amsterdam, is a Dutch opera company based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Its present home base is the Het Muziektheater, a modern building designed by Cees Dam which opened in 1986. DNO was established shortly after the end of World War II as a repertory company with a permanent ensemble. In the postwar period, it toured extensively in the Netherlands from its home base in the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, a fin de siècle theatre on the Leidseplein in Amsterdam. In 1964, it was renamed De Nederlandse Operastichting. (The Dutch Opera Foundation), and the company adopted a stagione orientation, inviting different soloists and artistic teams for each new production. In 1986, the company moved to the new Muziektheater building, the Stopera, which it shares with the Dutch National Ballet, on the Amstel river and thereafter became known as De Nederlandse Opera (DNO). DNO has its own choir of sixty singers and a technical staff of 260. DNO does not have its own resident orchestra, and so various orchestras of the Netherlands, including the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (NPO), the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (NKO), the Royal
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    Estonian National Opera

    Estonian National Opera is the national opera company of Estonia. The company is based at the Estonia Theatre in Tallinn. The song and drama society "Estonia" was founded in 1870. This was the beginning of what has become the current-day Estonian National Opera (Estonian: Rahvusooper Estonia). Play-acting was taken up in 1871, although theatre as a tradition did not really come into being until 1895, when the society began to direct song plays, folk plays and comedies, usually with singing and dancing. By the start of the 20th century more serious drama was being staged. In 1906, the society became the basis for the professional theatre called "Estonia" founded by the directors and actors Paul Pinna and Theodor Altermann. This remained tied to the "Estonia" society and the Estonian Theatre "Estonia" Limited Liability Company, founded in 1908, until 1940, at which time they were disbanded under the Soviet rule in Estonia as part of "the bourgeois remnant" and the theatre was nationalized. The opera company is also known as the Estonia Theatre after the building it occupies in downtown Tallinn. This was built as a national effort under the leadership of the "Estonia" society in 1913
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    Finnish National Opera

    Finnish National Opera

    The Finnish National Opera (Finnish: Suomen Kansallisooppera; Swedish: Finlands Nationalopera) in Helsinki is the leading opera company in Finland. Its home base is the Opera House on Töölönlahti bay in Töölö which opened in 1993, and is state-owned through Senate Properties. The Opera House features state-of-the-art technology and two auditoriums: the main auditorium with 1,350 seats and a smaller studio auditorium with 300 to 500 seats. Regular opera performances began in Finland in 1873 with the founding of the Finnish Opera by Kaarlo Bergbom. Prior to that, opera had been performed in Finland sporadically by touring companies, and on occasion by Finnish amateurs, the first such production being The Barber of Seville in 1849. However, the Finnish Opera company soon plunged into a financial crisis and folded in 1879. During its six year's of operation, Bergbom’s opera company had given 450 performances of a total of 26 operas, and the company had managed to demonstrate that opera can be sung in Finnish too. After the disbandment of the Finnish Opera, the opera audiences of Helsinki had to confine themselves to performances of visiting opera companies and occasional opera
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    Gotham Chamber Opera

    Gotham Chamber Opera is a professional opera company located in New York City, New York, and is a member of Opera America. The company specializes in producing rarely performed chamber operas from the Baroque era to the present. The company was founded in 2000 under the name of the Henry Street Chamber Opera by Artistic Director Neal Goren. In 2003, it changed its name to the Gotham Chamber Opera after incorporating as an independent 501(c)3 organization. Its Executive Director is David Bennett . The company first presented the American premiere of Mozart's Il sogno di Scipione (1771), staged by Christopher Alden in 2001 at the Playhouse at the Abrons Arts Center, a 350-seat theater on the New Yorks's Lower East Side. Soon after, the company produced a double bill of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (1689) and Darius Milhaud's Les malheurs d'Orphée (1924). Two more American premieres followed in November 2002 with Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů's 1928 Dada opera, Larmes du couteau (Tears of the Knife), and his 1935 Hlas lesa (The Voice of the Forest). After incorporating as an independent 501(c)3 organization in 2003, the newly renamed Gotham Chamber Opera continued its emphasis on
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    Greek National Opera

    Greek National Opera

    The Greek National Opera (Greek: Εθνική Λυρική Σκηνή) is the country's state lyric opera company, located at 59 Akadimias Street in central Athens. It is a public corporation under the supervision of the Greek Ministry of Culture and administered by the Board of Trustees and its Artistic Director. The organization is responsible for a wide variety of activities, including the presentation of opera performances, ballet, and musical theatre; in addition, symphony concerts, special presentations of opera and ballet performances for children, and the Opera and Ballet Studio help young artists achieve professional standards. The GNO has created and now organizes a national archive of music, a music library, and a museum with costumes, stage models, musical scores and many items from great performances presented by the company. The company tours both within Greece and internationally. The performances of the Greek National Opera are presented on four stages: Recently, the Stavros Niarchos foundation has announced that it will fund the construction of a new venue for the Greek National Opera, the Greek National Library and a cultural and environmental park at the Faliron area in
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    Hampstead Garden Opera

    Hampstead Garden Opera (HGO) was founded in 1990 by Dr Roy Budden as an evening class at the Hampstead Garden Institute, and became a charitable trust (registered charity no. 1092649) in 2002. This multi-ethnic company strives to achieve professional standards within an amateur framework, and performs two fully staged operas in English each year. Upstairs at The Gatehouse, Highgate Village, in the London Borough of Camden, has been HGO's home since March 2001. HGO is affiliated to NODA and Barnet Borough Arts Council. The original intention was to concentrate on the major operas of Mozart, but the repertoire has since expanded to encompass works by Bizet, Donizetti, Flotow, Gounod, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Offenbach, Puccini, Johann Strauss and Verdi. Since arriving at Upstairs at The Gatehouse, HGO has produced operas such as Mozart’s Idomeneo, Così fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Clemency of Titus and The Magic Flute, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and The Tales of Hoffmann, Puccini’s Il Trittico and Madam Butterfly, Bizet’s Carmen, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, and Donizetti's Elixir of Love The orchestra for HGO since April 2004 has been The Dionysus
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    Hawaii Opera Theatre

    The Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT) is an opera company located in Honolulu, Hawaii, which became active in 1961. The company typically performs three operas during February and March in Blaisdell Concert Hall. A summer production of a comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan or a musical was added beginning in 2004. The first opera to be presented was Puccini's Madama Butterfly which was performed in McKinley High School auditorium in Honolulu in 1961. For the next two decades the company was part of the Honolulu Symphony. In 1980 it became an independent tax-exempt corporation. The first independent season was in 1981 and consisted of three productions: La Bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Carmen. Supertitles were introduced in 1987, and 1989 was the first year in which all available seats were sold before opening night. By 1993 HOT membership had exceeded 2,000 individuals. The current General and Artistic Director, Hawaii-born Henry G. Akina, joined the company in 1996. The year 2002 saw HOT's "Bad Girl Season" with productions of La Traviata, Salome, and Carmen. Sets and costumes for Salome were designed by artist Thomas Woodruff. The 2007 production of Madama Butterfly, a co-production
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    Les Arts Florissants

    Les Arts Florissants

    Les Arts Florissants is a Baroque musical ensemble in residence at the Théâtre de Caen in Caen, France. The organization was founded by conductor William Christie in 1979. The ensemble derives its name from the 1685 opera by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. The organization consists of a chamber orchestra of period instruments and a small vocal ensemble. Current notable members include soprano Danielle de Niese and tenor Paul Agnew, who has served as assistant conductor since 2007. Jonathan Cohen is also on the conducting staff. Christie remains the organization's Artistic Director. Although not specifically a baroque opera ensemble, it is within this field that Les Arts Florissants has achieved its greatest successes. The majority of the ensemble's performances are of period operas (both staged and in concert), many of which are available on CD on the Harmonia Mundi and Erato labels and on DVD. The group first drew international acclaim in the area of opera in December 1986-January 1987 with a production of Jean-Baptiste Lully's Atys at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. The opera had not been performed since 1753 and Christie had unearthed the score at the Bibliothèque nationale de France and
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    Opera Company of Boston

    The Opera Company of Boston was an American opera company located in Boston, Massachusetts that was active from the late 1950s through the 1980s. The company was founded by American conductor Sarah Caldwell in 1958 under the name Boston Opera Group. At one time, the touring arm of the company was called Opera New England. Caldwell served as both director and conductor for most of the company's productions throughout its more than three decade long history. Under her leadership, the company presented a repertoire of more than 75 operas that came from a wide array of musical periods and styles, including a large number of works previously unheard in the United States, and a significant amount of contemporary operas. This commitment to innovative repertoire as well as Caldwell's brilliant stage direction garnered the company international acclaim and earned it a place among the world's leading opera companies during the 1970s and 1980s. After 32 consecutive opera seasons, the company was forced to close due to financial difficulties in 1990. In 1958, Sarah Caldwell and Linda Cabot Black, among others, started the Opera Company of Boston with just $5,000, beginning with a production of
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    Opéra national de Lorraine

    Opéra national de Lorraine

    Opéra national de Lorraine is an opera company and opera house located in the city of Nancy in the French province of Lorraine. Formerly named the Opéra de Nancy et de Lorraine, it was given the status of "national opera" in 2006. The company's original theatre was constructed during the reign of the King of Poland and Duke of Lorraine, Stanislas Leszczyński in 1758. This theatre, located behind the Museum of Fine Arts, was destroyed by fire in October 1905 and a new opera house was constructed in its present location on the Place Stanislas by Joseph Hornecker and was inaugurated in 1919. Joseph Hornecker, a member of the "School of Nancy," created the opera house in the classical style combined with characteristics of "art nouveau". The work done in Nancy made it a center of art and architecture that rivaled Paris and helped give the city the nickname "Capitale de l'Est." The opera house underwent restoration in 1994. All productions are accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy.
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    Opéra National de Lyon

    Opéra National de Lyon

    • Operas Produced: The Rake's Progress
    Opéra National de Lyon is an opera company in Lyon, France which performs in the Nouvel Opéra, a modernized version in 1993 of the original 1831 opera house. The inaugural performance of François-Adrien Boïeldieu's La Dame blanche was given on 1 July 1831. The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries saw some significant French premieres of major operas including Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger in 1896, Giordano's Andre Chenier in the following year, and Moussorgsky's Boris Godunov in 1913. In addition, many world premieres such as Arnold Schoenberg's Erwartung (1967) have been presented. In the years after the 1969 appointment of Louis Erlo as general director, many innovative productions and premieres of both French operas and Twentieth Century operas have been staged. Two significant French artists who have been associated with the Opéra in recent years are the stage director, Laurent Pelly, and the soprano, Natalie Dessay. Past principal conductors at the company have included André Cluytens, John Eliot Gardiner, Kent Nagano, Louis Langrée, and Iván Fischer. Since 2008, the principal conductor is Kazushi Ono, with an initial contract of 5 years. The associated Lyon Opera Ballet
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    Opera Queensland

    Opera Queensland is an opera company based in Brisbane, Queensland. The company was founded with funding from the Queensland State Government in 1981, then under the name Lyric Opera of Queensland, after the Queensland Opera Company was closed in December 1980. It is after Opera Australia the second largest opera company in Australia. Each year the company presents at least three major operatic productions in Brisbane and numerous smaller productions, concerts and tours of operatic and lighter musical material in other venues throughout Queensland. As a partner in The Opera Conference, the national partnership of professional opera companies, Opera Queensland is actively involved in commissioning and presenting new productions. Opera Queensland is a "State flagship company" member of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group. For the first two years of operation (1982–1983) the Lyric Opera of Queensland performed at Her Majesty's Theatre in Brisbane. The first production, Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe, opened there on 31 July 1982. In 1985, the Lyric Opera moved its productions to the newly-opened 2,100 seat Lyric Theatre at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, where it
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    Pacific Opera Victoria

    Pacific Opera Victoria is located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It performs three full productions per season at Victoria's Royal Theatre accompanied by members of the Victoria Symphony. In their 2009/2010 season, Pacific Opera Victoria expanded to four productions per season and added Saturday matinees. Founded in 1980, Pacific Opera Victoria (POV) performs a variety of repertoire ranging from standard canon to new pieces. Timothy Vernon is POV's founding artistic director. Pacific Opera Victoria is notable for constructing its own sets and costumes and retaining its own set construction facilities. It is responsible for several Canadian premieres, including Marc Blitzstein's Regina in 2008, Richard Strauss's Daphne in 2007 and Capriccio in 2010, Lee Hoiby's The Tempest in 2004, and Vittorio Giannini's Taming of the Shrew in 2001. In February 2000, Pacific Opera staged the world-premiere of Erewhon, the company's first fully produced mainstage commissioned Canadian work. In 2011, Pacific Opera commissioned Mary's Wedding, composed by Andrew P. MacDonald with libretto by Stephen Massicotte based on Massicotte's play of the same name.
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    Piccolo Teatro Dell Opera

    Piccolo Teatro Dell Opera was a small professional opera company located in New York City. Founded in 1984 by Barbara Elliott, the company's goal was to foster an interest in opera in today's culture and provide performance opportunities for young professional singers just starting out in their opera careers. Notable singers to have performed with the company include Renée Fleming, Douglas Perry, and Jianyi Zhang. The company produced operas from the baroque period to contemporary pieces. The company has also had the privilege of being supported in benefit concerts or performances by such individuals as Tony Randall, Paul Sorvino, Luciano Pavarotti, Samuel Ramey, Gian Carlo Menotti, and Mirella Freni, among others. With the passing of Mme. Elliott in 1997, the company withdrew from the New York opera scene.
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    Staatsoper Stuttgart

    Staatsoper Stuttgart

    The Staatsoper Stuttgart (Stuttgart State Opera) is a German opera company based in Stuttgart, Germany. The Stuttgart Staatsoper forms part of the Stuttgart State Theatre (Staatstheater Stuttgart), which is a three-branch-theatre complex (opera, playhouse and ballet) and represents the largest theatre of its kind in Europe. The opera house itself, formerly known locally as the Grosses Haus, was designed by Max Littmann and opened in 1912 with the world premiere of Richard Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos". The house, which has been a listed building since 1924, currently has 1,404 seats and a per-season audience of approximately 250,000. The opera house building is one of the few major German opera houses not to be destroyed in the World War II. The smaller playhouse ("Kleines Haus") of the complex was destroyed in the war and replaced by a modern building, built between 1959 and 1962. The opera house is also home to the Stuttgart Ballet. An important centre for opera since the 17th century, Stuttgart has again become an important and influential centre since the war, particularly for contemporary works. Three operas by Carl Orff received their premieres there and the company has been
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    Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz

    Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz

    Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz (State Theatre at Gärtnerplatz) is an opera house and opera company in Munich. Designed by the architect Michael Reiffenstuel, it opened on 5 November 1865 as the city's second opera house after the National Theatre. At times exclusively concerned with operetta, in recent years the theatre has focussed mainly on opera, though there are also productions of operettas, musicals and ballet. The scope of its activities is similar to that of the Komische Oper in Berlin or the English National Opera in London. One of the most active theatres in Germany, its season lasts from September to July and comprises more than 200 performances. The former intendant was Klaus Schultz and the current intendant is Dr. Ulrich Peters. The chief conductor from 1999 to 2010 was the American David Stahl, and the director of dance (TanzTheater München) is Hans Henning Paar.
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