Founded in 1962, Anchorage Opera (AO) has been and remains an active part of our community. Each year serving as many as ten thousand adults and youth, residents and visitors through multiple community and education partnerships integral to every season, main stage performances and related events.
From collaborations with the Anchorage School District that include free student dress rehearsals and School Lunch Flash Mob-pera projects (the first of which occurred at Clark Middle School, the most diverse student body in the entire nation) to active partnerships with a wide variety of Alaskan organizations, (including Alaska Veterans Organizations, Alaska Native Corporations, LGBTQ groups, the ACLU, Welcoming Anchorage, Japanese America Citizens League, Alaska Jewish Museum, Alaska Humanities Forum & many more) all of Alaska reaps the benefits of the non-profit company.
As the organization that possesses the only professional scenic, prop and costume shop in our community, AO also assists other arts organization in realizing their dreams. Whether building new scenery for the Alaska Dance Theatre, costumes and scenery for Perseverance, or scenic elements for the Anchorage Concert Association productions, AO is a strong partner in enabling a range of artistic creations that provide our community with diversity and vibrancy. Anchorage Opera, “Made in Alaska” and dedicated to the belief that a great city deserves great art!
Their education program, AO2Go, partners with the faculty of UAA and UAF to present operatic performances that tour to area schools. In a time when music and theater arts education in our schools is suffering drastic funding cutbacks, Anchorage Opera is dedicated to bridging that gap. Our entire community benefits when our children have the arts in their lives.
Each season more than 1700 students attend final dress rehearsals of operas at the PAC free of charge, and approximately 300 more individuals are given free seats at opera performances. AO’s free “Pre-Opera Talks” offer unique insights into our shows directly before they begin and their popular FLASH MOBpera happenings all around town, are bringing opera to the people of Anchorage in unexpected settings, "when and where you least expect it"!
Thank you for helping Anchorage Opera continue to be “a center of artistic creation, innovation and education through the presentation of opera and related events encouraging public collaboration and community engagement for the people of the State of Alaska." Learn more at anchorageopera.org