83 Opera Companies


Opera companies come in various sizes. Some performed only one opera in 2010-11 (El Paso, for example). Others have two operas a year (Omaha), three a year (Atlanta), four (Kansas City), five (Dallas), and six (Los Angeles). The Lyric Opera of Chicago has eight operas a year, San Francisco Opera has 10 (including the summer), and the Metropolitan Opera of New York City has 28.

Here is a list of links to opera companies in our 125 cities.


Alabama
: Birmingham,
Mobile

Alaska: Anchorage

Arizona: Phoenix (Phoenix Opera, Arizona Opera), Tucson

California:
Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Stockton

Colorado:
Colorado Springs, Denver

Delaware: Wilmington

District of Columbia: Washington

Florida:
Jacksonville (the Jacksonville Symphony presents an annual opera), MiamiSt. Petersburg, Tampa

Georgia: Atlanta

Hawaii: Honolulu

Idaho: Boise

Illinois: Chicago

Indiana: Indianapolis

Iowa: Cedar Rapids

Kansas: Wichita

Kentucky: Lexington, Louisville

Louisiana: New Orleans, Shreveport

Maine: Portland

Maryland: Baltimore

Massachusetts:
Boston, Worcester

Michigan: Detroit, Grand Rapids

Minnesota: St. Paul

Mississippi: Jackson

Missouri: Kansas City, Springfield

Montana:
Billings

Nebraska: Omaha

Nevada: Reno

New Hampshire: Manchester

New Jersey: Newark

New Mexico: Albuquerque

New York: New York City (Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera), Rochester, Syracuse

North Carolina: Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Winston-Salem

North Dakota: Fargo

Ohio: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo

Oklahoma: Tulsa

Oregon: Portland

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

Tennessee: Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville

Texas: Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio

Utah: Salt Lake City

Virginia: Norfolk, Richmond

Washington: Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma

Wisconsin: Madison, Milwaukee

The Virginia Opera plays in both Norfolk and Richmond.

Most of these opera companies play in downtown theaters. The companies in the following cities do not play downtown: Birmingham, Stockton, Atlanta, Indianapolis, and Fargo.

This is not a complete list of American opera companies. Several smaller cities have opera companies (Modesto, California, for example), and several opera festivals are held in rural areas during the summer (Chautauqua, New York, for example). Here is a more comprehensive list of U.S. opera companies.