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 proud to be an Associate Company Member of Opera America, the National Service Organization for opera, and The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York.


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

  Deborah Montgomery President   

Dianne Orcutt   Vice President    

Elissa Cogan  Treasurer

Emad Atiq

    Barry Chester     

Benjamin Costello

Larry Harrington

Charles Kruzanksy

Advisory Board

Sara Barasch   Jonathan Blalock  

Anne-Carolyn Bird  

Blaise Bryski  Karla Faggard  

Curt Olds   R.B. Schlather


"Opera Ithaca has outdone itself again and promises even more for its next season."

-Ithaca Times

"Ithaca now has its own prolific and qualified opera company. Exploring the edges of the genre’s boundaries, they are building a new audience of opera goers that might just be the opposite of the urban relics of classical opera aficionados. Whatever Opera Ithaca’s upcoming projects are, they might not be what one expects from the time honored tradition, but you can be sure they will be downright innovative, fresh and exciting to watch." ​ 

-Cornell Daily Sun 

"Entering their third season Opera Ithaca mixes world-class singers from across the U.S. with adroit direction and minimalist design. This year saw a charming Billy Blythe (Bill Clinton as a kid in Arkansas) with a blue-grass accented score, and a rousing, troubling and heroic Thumbprint, about the first woman to successfully bring her rapists to justice in Pakistan. Both were new works by women composers." 

-Ithaca Times

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