Opera Columbus’ 2022-23 season was a groundbreaking season to remember! We created a first-class opera that was accessible to families (La Cenerentola), produced the first-ever opera in Columbus performed in Spanish (Maria de Buenos Aires), and welcomed grand-scale opera back to the Ohio Theatre (Rigoletto, in collaboration with the Columbus Symphony).
The 2021-22 Season was one of immense gratitude, accomplishment, celebration and company firsts. After hours of virtual programming and alternative format performances, and nearly two years away from our home in the Southern Theatre, OC has made a triumphant return to indoor opera just in time for our historic 40th Anniversary Season. Opera Columbus’ milestone season saw a 30% new audience attendance raise, as well as new organization partners throughout our city. It was a challenging year as we navigated COVID, Omicron waves, snow storms, and hurricane warnings, but thanks to our board and staff, we were able to celebrate a memorable season capped with 40 Days of Opera being honored as a finalist for GCAC’s Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award.
It was a landmark year for Opera Columbus, as we dedicated ourselves to ensuring Opera Columbus’ sustainability in a challenging time; reinforced our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility; and welcomed a new leader, General Director + CEO Julia Noulin-Mérat. 2020-2021 was a year for reflecting on our core values and putting a system in place to ensure that those values are at the forefront of all we do. Through it all, we were guided by our commitment to be a community resource and by our mission: to transform the experience and advance the art of opera.
The 2019-2020 season was full of change and challenges we couldn’t have predicted a year ago, when we prepared our last annual report. There were certainly difficult days in the spring, but we cannot allow that to overshadow the wonderful things we did in the 2019-2020 season. There were many highlights in our performances last season, including our collaboration with BalletMet, the Columbus Symphony, and CAPA for Twisted 3. Our commitment to inclusivity continued with the performance of As One and our Opera Asks Luncheon, and our dedication to engaging and artistically excellent opera was on full show in The Barber of Seville.
The 2018-2019 season was a landmark season for Opera Columbus, including our first new work in nearly 20 years, new community outreach programs, and robust interest in our annual vocal competition. In March 2019, the Opera Columbus Board of Trustees approved new mission, vision, and values statements that were developed after a long process of self-discovery, including interviews with artists, donors, community members, trustees, and staff. Our mission informs everything we do – it’s our north star – and our vision is the change we seek.
2017-2018The 2017-2018 season was filled with unforgettable moments and more than a bit of artistic risk. We hope you enjoyed watching it as much as we did creating it.In March, we unveiled a new logo and slogan: Make It Yours. This new brand boldly states our commitment to make opera that is exciting, accessible, and relevant to everyone, whether you prefer jeans or black tie, love the grand opera classics or edgy modern works. We look forward to seeing you at the theatre very soon.We accomplished so much this season, but it would be meaningless without you – our subscribers, donors and friends who cheer us on with your applause and your gifts, both of which enable us to transform the arts community in central Ohio and across the world.