About Opera North
A cornerstone of the arts community in the Upper Valley since 1982, Opera North has dedicated its efforts for the past 37 years to delivering artistic excellence to northern New England as the only full-time, professional opera company in New Hampshire. During its lifetime, the company has evolved from a grassroots community theater troupe to a professional, regional opera company presenting three-four mainstage productions between July and October, as well as a series of concerts, special events and educational outreach activities throughout New Hampshire and Vermont each year.
The company’s artistic assets include conductors, directors, opera and musical theater singers, and creative teams whose work has garnered national and international acclaim. Opera North’s highly sought-after Resident Artist Program is an important training opportunity for emerging opera professionals. The Opera North orchestra, an ensemble of 30-36 players, comprises New England’s finest freelance orchestral musicians. Led by General Director Evans Haile and Artistic Director Louis Burkot, Opera North is supported by a dedicated staff, board of trustees, and volunteer base, who work tirelessly to ensure the company’s artistic excellence and financial sustainability.
This year marked the first year of Opera North’s partnership with the National Park Service to develop a new national park for the arts at the historic Blow-Me-Down Farm in Cornish, New Hampshire. Through its work at Blow-Me-Down Farm, Opera North seeks to revitalize the extraordinary spirit of creativity that defined the Cornish Colony through the development of the Farm into a campus for the arts and the site of a new summer arts festival.
Opera North is active throughout the year with special events and programming. The company’s Education and Outreach Program has provided free performances to thousands of elementary, middle and high school students across the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont.