Opera Ithaca is Ithaca NY's professional opera company. Co-founded in 2014 by Zachary James and Lynn Craver, Opera Ithaca is now in its the sixth season, Opera Ithaca opened its doors with Bartok's BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE and has gone on to produce DON GIOVANNI, DIE FLEDERMAUS, ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO, THUMBPRINT, CENERENTOLA, the professional premiere of IL SOGNO by Kristin Hevner Wyatt and the world premiere of BILLY BLYTHE by Bonnie Montgomery. In addition to stage productions, Opera Ithaca is committed to providing a consistent venue for classical vocal music and programs concerts and community outreach events in Ithaca and the surrounding region.
Opera Ithaca is committed to educating the singers of tomorrow and with that goal in mind started an Apprentice Artist program which provides opportunities to young singers who are in between formal training and a professional career. These young singers are cast in supporting roles, sing in the chorus, understudy principal singers and perform in concerts and community outreach events.
Opera Ithaca is committed to diverse programming. Opera Ithaca produces thoughtful productions of classic operatic repertoire as well as contemporary works, world premieres, and family-friendly programming. Opera Ithaca champions the work of women by including an opera penned by a woman each season.
Opera Ithaca is the recipient of 2019 NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program) .
Opera Ithaca brings professional opera to Ithaca, New York and the surrounding Finger Lakes and Southern Tier region. Opera Ithaca enriches the local arts community by providing a consistent venue for diverse classical vocal music. Opera Ithaca produces distinctive and highly theatrical productions of diverse operatic and musical theatre literature as well as concerts, lectures, and educational outreach events. Opera Ithaca engages a diverse and multi-generational audience to aid in the longevity of opera as a living art form.
Opera Ithaca Staff
Ben Robinson Artistic Director
Lynn Craver Director of Apprentice Program
Board of Directors
Barry Chester President
Dianne Orcutt Vice President
Elissa Cogan Treasurer
Paige Anderson Secretary
Sara Barasch Jonathan Blalock
Blaise Bryski Karla Faggard
Curt Olds R.B. Schlather