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OPERA OMAHA’S MISSION is to enrich the quality of life in our community by creating professional opera and music theater, which uniquely combine the visual and performing arts to express humanity’s deepest emotions and highest aspirations. Opera Omaha’s mission is achieved through the presentation of main stage productions with the highest artistic standards and through customized education and outreach programs designed to inspire all individuals, regardless of age, prior exposure to the arts, or personal limitations.
The Omaha Civic Opera Society was founded to meet two needs in the community:
- To Provide quality opera entertainment through a community-wide organization
- To Provide an operatic showcase for the promising vocal talent in this region
The original directors of the corporation were Francis P. Matthews, Henry E. Pusch, Homer C. Rogers, Lloyd E. Skinner (President), and Richard Valente.
From the beginning, the Omaha Civic Opera Society, now Opera Omaha, was instilled with a spirit of adventure; it was not merely a grand opera company. In the Civic Opera Society’s first year, 1958-1959, along with its premiere production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in the Joslyn Art Museum Concert Hall, additional performances followed: Puccini’s Tosca, held at Boys Town, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, at Ak-Sar-Ben, and Englebert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel at Technical High School.
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