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    Opera Birmingham

    3601 Sixth Avenue, South
    Birmingham , AL 35222
    (205) 322-6737

    Website: operabirmingham.org


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    Opera Birmingham, the only professional opera company in Northern and Central Alabama, has entertained audiences for over 55 years. From its humble beginnings in 1955 to its 50th anniversary in 2005 and beyond, Opera Birmingham has produced world-class operatic productions and concerts that have been hailed by critics and loved by audiences.Opera Birmingham began in 1955 as the Birmingham Civic Opera. Under the leadership of Martha Dick McClung,...

    Opera Birmingham, the only professional opera company in Northern and Central Alabama, has entertained audiences for over 55 years. From its humble beginnings in 1955 to its 50th anniversary in 2005 and beyond, Opera Birmingham has produced world-class operatic productions and concerts that have been hailed by critics and loved by audiences.Opera Birmingham began in 1955 as the Birmingham Civic Opera. Under the leadership of Martha Dick McClung, director of Opera Theater at Birmingham-Southern College, the company’s first production was Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, followed by Puccini’s Madama Butterfly the following year. Since then, the Opera has produced over 50 different operas, and has brought hundreds of the best operatic performers from all over the world to Birmingham’s artistic doorstep.After merging with Southern Regional Opera in 1986, the company became Birmingham Opera Theater for its 1987 season, and finally Opera Birmingham in 1996. The current General Director, John D. Jones, has led the Opera into its fifth decade.

     

     

    Upcoming Events

    39th Annual Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, Semi-Finals

    Presented by Opera Birmingham at UAB - Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall

    May 6, 2017

    39th Annual Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, Finals Concert & Awards Dinner

    Presented by Opera Birmingham at Vestavia Hills Country Club

    May 7, 2017

    Media Reviews


    • Event Name: The Magic Flute
      Article: Opera Birmingham's cleverly conceived 'Magic Flute' a '60s throwback (opera review)
      Birmingham News - Mar 16, 2013
      By Michael Huebner

      BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Fashioning classic opera repertoire into period settings has become established practice in the last few decades. From an outrageously profane “Don Giovanni” at English National Opera to a Vegas-inspired “Rigoletto” at the Met,… Expand

      BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Fashioning classic opera repertoire into period settings has become established practice in the last few decades. From an outrageously profane “Don Giovanni” at English National Opera to a Vegas-inspired “Rigoletto” at the Met, companies small and large are getting on the updating bandwagon.

      Opera Birmingham entered cautiously into that mix Friday at the Wright Center with a 1960s setting of Mozart's “The Magic Flute.” It is not the Peter Sellars brand of remake -- no Trump Tower "Figaro," no Spanish Harlem "Don Giovanni." There's nothing particularly political, social or moral, except perhaps the universality of Mozart's Masonic temples of wisdom, reason and nature. Collapse

    • Event Name: Home for the Holidays
      Article: Opera stars singing their merry best at Opera Birmingham's 'Home for the Holidays'
      Birmingham News - Dec 12, 2012
      By Michael Huebner

      BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Opera Birmingham's sixth year for “Home for the Holidays” commences Dec. 21 and 23 with concerts at Brock Recital Hall on the Samford University campus. As in past years, the concerts will feature singers who have earned their… Expand

      BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Opera Birmingham's sixth year for “Home for the Holidays” commences Dec. 21 and 23 with concerts at Brock Recital Hall on the Samford University campus. As in past years, the concerts will feature singers who have earned their wings in opera companies nationwide. Collapse

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