Indiana Opera Society, Inc., best known as Indianapolis Opera, was founded in 1975 and is the only professional opera company in the state. Early productions were staged at a variety of locations, but in recent years the company’s productions have been performed at Clowes Memorial Hall. In addition, the company now has a permanent home in the Basile Opera Center at 40th and Pennsylvania Streets. James Caraher was appointed Music Director in 1981 and Artistic Director in 1995. The company’s educational outreach program, the Indianapolis Opera Ensemble, was created in 1993.
Serving Indianapolis, the state of Indiana and the Midwest, Indianapolis Opera’s mission is to entertain by creating the passion, excitement and art of opera and to develop the widest possible audience for opera through educational, cultural and community activities.
Indianapolis Opera is guided by the following core values: Artistic Excellence, Community, Financial Stability/Growth, Creativity and Human Worth.