Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture


931 E 4TH STJOPLIN, MO 64801 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To foster, promote, develop, encourage, and broaden the artistic and cultural scope of the Midwestern region of the United States by providing opera and musical theatre in it's broadest sense, including the arts of drama, voice, symphony, dance, and design; to provide a historically educational experience for youth and adults through artistic and accurate period costuming, set design, and stage direction of the highest artistic standards; to foster and encourage public appreciation of the cultural art of opera and musical theatre; to foster and encourage the teaching of music, opera and musical theatre, the history of opera and musical theatre and music appreciation to the public and in the schools of the said Midwestern region and to encourage participation in a medium both enriching and entertaining.


Heartland Opera Theatre is a 501(c)(3) performing arts organization established in 1998 by Terrance O'Brien. Since it's creation, the Heartland Opera Theatre, or HOT, has provided professional performances of opera and musical theatre to the Four-State Area. HOT has hosted performers from around the globe and toured full productions through Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

HOT strives to not only engage national and international performers, but also to showcase exceptional local artists from the community and surrounding universities. Heartland Opera Theatre has worked in collaboration with Missouri Southern State University, Pittsburg State University, Tulsa Opera, and Opera Louisiane, and other companies around the country thanks to our affiliation with OPERA America.

HOT received a 3rd place win in The American Prize in Opera Performance, professional division 2019-20, for our production of La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini. The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the classical arts. It is designed to evaluate, recognize and reward the best performers, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings.


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