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Company :: About Us

Syracuse Opera enriches the lives of the people of upstate New York through locally produced opera, the one all-inclusive art form that celebrates the beauty of the human singing voice through the spectacle of live theater. Its core values are Artistic Excellence, Integrity, and Community Enrichment.

Syracuse Opera is the only year-round professional opera company serving upstate New York. The company produces three mainstage operas each season and provides continual outreach and educational programs through its Resident Artists Program.

For mainstage productions, Syracuse Opera engages the Syracuse Opera Chorus and members of Symphoria. Performances take place in the Crouse-Hinds Concert Theater and the Carrier Theater at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center. Noted for high-quality, theatrical productions that star young singing-actors, Syracuse Opera productions have been compared favorably to those of the New York City Opera and Glimmerglass Opera.

The Resident Artists Program was founded in 2008 to provide performing opportunities for emerging artists. Bernard Uzan and Diana Soviero are the program's artistic advisors. Resident Artists are selected from competitive national auditions. In addition to their work in Syracuse Opera educational programs, Resident Artists cover roles and perform supporting parts in mainstage productions.

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Company :: Production History

1974-75 Faust (Tri-Cities Opera tour), The Magic Flute, Cinderella (Rossini), Madama Butterfly
1975-76 Norma, La Traviata, Beauty and the Beast, (DiGiacomo—world premiere)
1976-77 Un Ballo in Maschera, The Barber of Seville, La Périchole
1977-78 Aïda, Hansel and Gretel, The Marriage of Figaro, Madama Butterfly
1978-79 Tosca, Die Fledermaus, Rigoletto
1979-80 Cavalleria Rusticana/ I Pagliacci, The Old Maid and the Thief, Three penny Opera, The Merry Widow, Don Giovanni
1980-81 Lucia di Lammermoor, La Bohème, Cosi fan tutte, The Tales of Hoffmann
1981-82 La Traviata, HMS Pinafore, The Barber of Seville, Romeo and Juliette
1982-83 Il Trovatore, The Magic Flute, The Elixir of Love
1983-84 Die Fledermaus, Otello, Faust
(10th Anniversary)
1984-85 Aïda, Don Pasquale, The Marriage of Figaro, The Mikado,
1985-86 La Bohème, Hansel and Gretel, A Waterbird Talk/The Medium, Falstaff
1986-87 Carmen, Tosca, The Man of La Mancha, Ariadne auf Naxos
1987-88 Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly, The Tales of Hoffmann
1988-89 The Barber of Seville, La Traviata, Porgy and Bess
1989-90 Fidelio, Babes in Toyland, The Daughter of the Regiment, Gianni Schicchi/I Pagliacci
1990-91 Carousel, Turandot, The Marriage of Figaro, (NYCO National Company tour), Don Giovanni
1991-92 The Merry Widow, Tosca (NYCO National Company tour), Lucia di Lammermoor
1992-93 La Bohème, Babes in Toyland, Carmen (NYCO National Company tour), The Abduction from the Seraglio
1993-94 Aïda, Madama Butterfly (NYCO National Company tour), The Italian Girl in Algiers
(20th Anniversary)
1994-95 Il Trovatore, Babes in Toyland, The Barber of Seville (NYCO National Company tour), The Magic Flute
1995-96 The Merry Wives of Windsor, La Traviata (NYCO National Company tour), The Mikado
1996-97 Otello, La Bohème (NYCO National Company tour), Martha
1997-98 Tosca, The Daughter of the , Regiment (NYCO National Company tour), Rigoletto
1998-99 Carmen, Madama Butterfly (NYCO National Company tour), Zar und Zimmermann
(25th Anniversary)
1999-00 Aïda, Turandot (Teatro Lirico D'Europa tour), Die Fledermaus
2000-01 Così fan tutte, Nabucco (Teatro Lirico D'Europa tour), The Tales of Hoffmann
2001-02 Faust, Il Trovatore (Teatro Lirico D'Europa tour), Don Giovanni
2002-03 La Bohème, Rigoletto (Teatro Lirico D'Europa tour), Macbeth
2003-04 La Traviata, The Pirates of Penzance, The Magic Flute (np; Open Hand Theater)
(30th Anniversary)
2004-05 Otello, The Barber of Seville, Madama Butterfly
2005-06 Tosca, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Marriage of Figaro
2006-07 Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Merry Widow
2007-08 Rigoletto (np), Don Pasquale, The Medium/Pagliacci
2008-09 The Magic Flute (revival; Open Hand Theater), Romeo and Juliet, Little Women
2009-10 La Bohème, The Flying Dutchman (np, Syracuse premiere), Hansel & Gretel
2010-11 The Mikado, Don Giovanni, The Pearl Fishers (np, Syracuse premiere)
2011-12 La Traviata, Carmina Burana (np, Syracuse premiere) , Madama Butterfly
2012-13 Tosca, Sweeney Todd (np, Syracuse premiere) , The Marriage of Figaro
2013-14 The Tragedy of Carmen, Maria de Buenos Aires: A Tango Opera., Porgy and Bess in Concert

(np; Syracuse premiere)

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Company :: Leadership

Douglas Kinney Frost, Producing and Artistic Director at Syracuse Opera, has conducted orchestras and opera productions throughout the world. Highlights include performances with Teatro Colon, Russian Federal Orchestra in Moscow, National Orchestra of Korea, Orquestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Utah Symphony and Opera, Bellas Artes, Grand Teton Music Festival, Kharkov Philharmonic, Florida Grand Opera, and Virginia Symphony. A leader in the training of young opera singers and conductors, he has guest conducted and taught at many universities and conservatories, including the Boston premiere of Little Women at New England Conservatory, and he was the first guest conductor of opera in the history of the University of Michigan. He has held an eight-year affiliation with the Conductors Retreat at Medomak; and in addition to creating a resident artists program for Syracuse Opera, he has been a key participant in shaping opera young artist programs at Florida Grand Opera, Utah Opera, and Virginia Opera. His education shows are performed across the country, and have been seen for years on PBS. He has a reputation for creative audience development initiatives, and has served on national panels for OPERA America, League of American Orchestras, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as state and local arts councils.

Lisa Smith , the new Managing Director for Syracuse Opera will have responsibility overseeing the organizations day to day business operations, which will include fundraising and development, financial management and future planning of the company. Ms Smith has held various leadership positions throughout her career, most recently as Regional Vice President, for the American Cancer Society. She possesses extensive experience in system development, staff management, community outreach and fund development is well equipped to make an immediate impact on the organization.

Board of Directors


Chairman of the Board Daniel Larson
Vice Chairman Amy Van Kirk
Treasurer James Poole
Secretary Don Lynch
Chairman, Board Development R. Andrew Hagen

Sandra Brown President, Grandma Brown's Beans
Stephen Byer* Vice President, Alan Byer Volvo
Joseph L. Cunningham Sr. Vice President, Commercial Banking, Citizens Bank
Martin Custer Commercial Banking, Key Bank
Lynn Eastwood* Community Volunteer
Bruce Fein Administrative Law Judge, Social Security Administration
John H. Fennessey* Vice President for Development, Conifer Realty LLC
Josephine Gregg* Real Estate Broker
R. Andrew Hagen+ Financial Consultant, AXA Advisors
Sandra Hurd Professor, Syracuse University
Daniel Larson+ Past President, Cayuga Community College
Tarky Lombardi, Jr.* Former State Senator; Attorney, Devorsetz, Stinziano, Gilberti & Smith, P.C.
Don Lynch+Sr. Manager, Operations East Supply Chain, Welch Allyn
Eleanor Peterson* Company President, Eastern Planned Incomes, Inc.
James Poole+ CFO, Raymour & Flanigan Furniture
Eileen PriceFinancial Consultant, AXA Advisors
Graham M. Ritchie* Insurance Broker
Stephen A. Rogers* Publisher, The Post-Standard
William Rubenstein Attorney, Bond, Schoeneck & King
David Rubin Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications
Hildegard Schulze Aria Society Officer
Barb Stone Director, Crucible Industries, LLC
Richard F.Taylor, Jr* Attorney
Amy Van Kirk+ Independent Recruting Consultant
William W. Wakefield* Dramaturg, Syracuse Opera
Sieglinde Wikstrom* Community Volunteer

* Honorary Director +Executive Committee as of 9/20/2013

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Company :: Auditions

Syracuse Opera holds auditions periodically throughout the year in New York City and Syracuse.

Mainstage Auditions
Singers and/or their managers should submit materials for consideration. Please include resume, bio, photo, and any supporting materials.  Managed singers are given priority; singers without representation are highly encouraged to submit media examples of their work.

Resident Artist Auditions
The Syracuse Opera Resident Artist Program is designed to bridge the gap between an artist's academic education and professional career.  Resident Artists gain valuable experience in assignments ranging from mainstage comprimari and cover roles, to leading roles in Resident Artist productions, to education and outreach peformances.  Artists come to Syracuse for 10-week residencies.Interested singers and coach/accompanists should submit resume, bio, photo and any supporting materials.  Media examples are highly encouraged.  We have no age limit, and make casting decisions based on talent and professionalism only.

Chorus Auditions
Syracuse Opera Chorus auditions are held Syracuse in the Fall and the Spring of each year.  It is the Company philosophy that great opera choristers come from a variety of vocal performance backgrounds. In addition to seeking operatically trained voices, we welcome musical theater and sacred music performers. Singers should submit a short musical resume which includes performance history
and any formal vocal or dramatic training, academic or private.

ALL artist materials should be forwarded to:
Douglas Kinney Frost, Director of Music:
P.O. Box 1223
Syracuse, NY, 13201-1223.


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Company :: Volunteer/Internships

Syracuse Opera offers many opportunities to get involved with opera in upstate New York. Through our volunteer and internship programs, we work with each individual to make sure his or her interests are matched with our needs. Whether you have a few hours a week, month, or during productions, Syracuse Opera welcomes your assistance.

If you are interested in volunteer or internship opportunities with Syracuse Opera, please e-mail volunteer@syracuseopera.com or call our administrative offices at (315) 475-5915.

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