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. John Pickett joined the company in 1990 in charge of development and marketing. He rejoined the company in 1997 as executive director. 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. The company’s nationally acclaimed “Music! Words! Opera!,” a school partnership program with an interdisciplinary curriculum, was initiated in 1996.
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.