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Company Milestones
1981: Opera Columbus (OC) is founded and presents its first productions and education programs.

1983: Annual vocal competition founded.

1984: Productions move from the Ohio Theatre to the Palace Theatre. English translations (supertitles) are introduced.

1986: World premiere of Pasatieri's Three Sisters. OC receives the Artistic Award of Excellence from GCAC.

1991: Company briefly closes due to financial crisis but re-opens following a "Save the Opera" campaign.

1992: OC offices move to 177 E. Naghten Street.

1998: Educational program receives the OPERA America Campaign for Success Award and also presents the world premiere of Barefoot a children's opera by Les Epstein.

1999: World premiere of Burrs' Vanqui.

2000: OC receives Award of Excellence from GCAC for Vanqui.

2001: OC merges with Columbus Light Opera and adds summer light opera series at the Southern Theatre.

2002: William Boggs named Artistic Director.

2004: Summer series discontinued due to budget limitations.

2005: Productions move to Mershon Auditorium on the Ohio State campus.

2006: Following a severe financial crisis and near-closure, OC reorganizes with a strong focus on fiscal responsibility cutting staff and expenses without sacrificing artistic quality. Press Southworth becomes Executive Director. Productions return to the Palace Theatre for the 2006-2007 season.

2007: Productions move to the Ohio Theatre.

2008: Successful completion of the Huntington Challenge eliminates nearly all of OC's long-term debt.

2010: The successful completion of the 2010 Fiscal Year-End Challenge allows Opera Columbus to pay all company debts.
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