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.