Since 1975, Indianapolis Opera has delivered the passion, excitement and art of opera throughout Indiana with compelling educational, cultural and community activities. In that time, the company has presented 109 operatic productions representing the work of 32 different composers and has earned a place as a respected veteran member of the Indiana arts community. In 2008, the Indianapolis Opera began leasing the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood, which it still uses for rehearsals, educational programs and smaller performances. In 2015, the Opera began performing at the Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University. The company is currently moving forward under the leadership of General Director Craig Starkey, founder of the Ashville Lyric Opera, along with Robert Driver, former Indianapolis Opera Artistic Director from 1981 to 1991, as Artistic and New Initiatives Advisor.
With the Indianapolis Opera Ensemble, the Indianapolis Opera has provided engaging educational programming throughout the state, as well as Michigan, Illinois and Kentucky. The program reaches 30,000 children and adults each year. Other programs such as the Resident Artist program and Opera’s Rising Stars, presented in collaboration with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, have brought young talent to Indianapolis and helped foster the next generation of professional opera.
This collection consists of programs, flyers and invitations for performances and events spanning the more than forty years of the Indianapolis Opera’s history and includes material related to educational programming such as the Indianapolis Opera Ensemble. In addition, over 750 photographs can be found from the opera’s most acclaimed performances, including The Magic Flute, Aida, Don Giovanni and many more.
Made possible by the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc. and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.