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The only professional opera company in Indiana, the Indianapolis Opera (IO) hosts three fully staged productions a season in addition to supporting a Young Artist Program and various local events. The company is led by Executive Director, Carol Baker, and board President, Judy Woods.
The company has recently suffered from economic troubles, canceling its final shows of 2014 and finishing fiscal 2011 with just $75,000 in assets.
"Indianapolis Opera has presented 109 operatic productions representing the work of 32 different composers, including 13 composers who wrote in the 20th century. Selected works range from standard classics to new and/or less-performed works, balancing musical style and language as well as comedy and tragedy."
The Frank and Katrina Basile Opera Center
"In 2008 local business person, Bill Oesterle, purchased the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church building in the Indianapolis Meridian Kessler neighborhood and leased it to the Indianapolis Opera to use for rehearsals, educational programming and smaller performances. Major performances remain at Butler University's Clowes Memorial Hall.
- The Magic Flute, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with Daniel Holmes (Tamino), Julia Kogan (Queen of the Night), Andrew Wilkowske (Papageno), Marnie Breckenridge (Pamina)
- Tosca, Giacomo Puccini, with Stella Zambalis (Tosca), William Joyner (Cavaradossi), Victor Benedetti (Scarpia), Mark Gilgallon (Sacristan)
- Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann), Jacques Offenbach, with Gran Wilson (Hoffmann), Arthur Woodley (Four Villains), Kirsten Gunlogson (Nicklausse), Laura Pedersen, [Rachele Gilmore] (Olympia), [Jane Dutton] (Giulietta) (Antonia), Mark Gilgallon (Luther & Crespel)
- Il Trovatore, Giuseppe Verdi
- Hansel and Gretel, Engelbert Humperdinck
- The Pirates of Penzance, Arthur Sullivan and William Gilbert
- Das Rheingold, Richard Wagner
- Ariadne auf Naxos, Richard Strauss
- La bohème, Giacomo Puccini
- The Mikado, Arthur Sullivan and William Gilbert, with Robert Orth (Ko-Ko), Laura Portune (Yum-Yum), Patrick Miller (Nanki-Poo), Mark Gilgallon (Pish-Tush)
- Carmen, Georges Bizet
- La traviata, Giuseppe Verdi, with Maureen O'Flynn (Violetta), Richard Paul Frank (Germont), Scott Piper ( Alfredo), Mark Gilgallon (Dr. Grenvil)
- Operapalooza: Indianapolis Opera hosted a two day Opera and Music festival at the Basile Opera Center September 11 - 12, 2009.
- Lobsterpalooza: IO will host a Lobster Bake fundraiser at the Basile Opera Center October 8, 2010.
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- Review Il Trovatore
- Indianapolis Opera Pulls Off COmplex Piece
- Opera singer experiences success along with grief
- Opera season ends with Wagner
- Opera cancels 'Mikado' over a 'cash flow' worry
- Q&A - Indy Opera's artistic director James Caraher and executive director John Pickett
- 'Das Rheingold'
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