OPERA & OPERETTA COMPANIES
Folks Operetta

Folks Operetta is dedicated to the revival and development of operetta, a popular and accessible form of musical theater for general audiences. In particular, concentrating on producing Viennese, German and American operettas from the early 20th Century, many of which have never been performed in the United States.

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Chicago Fringe Opera is dedicated to presenting innovative vocal works with an emphasis on new and contemporary styles, engaging with the Chicago community through intimate and immersive performance experiences, and fostering and empowering local artists.

Chicago Opera Theater

Expanding the tradition of opera as a living art form by engaging lovers of music and storytelling through innovative experiences.

Evanston Chamber Opera Company

Evanston Chamber Opera Company (EChO) seeks to enrich, educate, and entertain the residents of Evanston, Illinois, and its neighboring communities by promoting and staging chamber operas, operettas, and other theatrical works with significant musical content. By focusing on new works and neglected gems from the past, EChO gives audiences an opportunity to expand their opera experience beyond the standard repertoire.

Forte Chicago

Using comedy, spectacle, and improvisation to push the boundaries of operatic entertainment and unleash the power of the female voice.

Haymarket Opera Company

The most active early opera company in the US, enriching the musical community of Chicago with performances of 17th- and 18th-century music.

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Janus Concert Series re-examines and challenges established traditions in opera and musical theater and bridges the gap between them, finding new ways to tell old stories in order to build audiences through exposure and entertainment. ​Janus Concert Series is committed to producing compelling musical performances in a concert setting. We endeavor to connect to our community and create engaging experiences for diverse audiences through truthful storytelling and representation.

Lyric Opera of Chicago

A cornerstone of the Chicago classical music scene.

Music Theatre Works

Producing and presenting various forms of musical theater from a variety of world traditions.

New Moon Opera

New Moon Opera specializes in operatic repertoire that is whimsical and fantastical, transporting audiences with visually and sonically beautiful productions that appeal to audiences of all ages and walks of life.

NON:op Open Opera Works

NON:op Open Opera Works creates, produces and presents site-adaptive, intermedia works that expand the common conception of opera.

Opera for the Young

Opera for the Young brings live, professional opera to elementary school audiences.

Opera on Tap Chicago

The Chicago chapter of the nationwide non-profit devoted to making opera more accessible by taking it out of the concert halls and into your favorite bars.

Petite Opera Productions

Petite Opera Productions focuses on engaging and converting the next generation of patrons to opera and live musical stage works such as operetta and musical theatre. Each work presented is chosen to appeal to a different patron interest group or demographic.

The Savoyaires

Named for London's famed Savoy Theatre, the Savoyaires were founded to bring the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas to audiences on Chicago's North Shore, a mission that was pursued with intense dedication. Since 1994, the Savoyaires’ productions have been presented in Evanston’s Chute Auditorium, marking a renewed dedication to bringing Gilbert & Sullivan to the community and introducing G&S to young audiences.

South Shore Opera Company of Chicago

Making exceptional opera accessible throughout the Chicago community while providing greater opportunities for professional artists of color, especially local black artists, in thrilling performances of classic and contemporary operas.

The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company

Over its 60 years, the Company has performed every work in the Gilbert and Sullivan canon. The Company has a policy of alternating the signature operas with the obscure, taking into consideration anniversary years and programming by other local companies.

Third Eye Theatre Ensemble

Third Eye Theatre Ensemble presents quality productions of new or seldom performed operatic works that inspire conversation while advocating for human rights and social justice.

Thompson Street Opera Company

Thompson Street Opera Company reimagines what opera can be through performances of works exclusively by living composers, TSOC: empowers artists to be active collaborators in the creation of new works; uses art to engage in social conversation; brings new audiences to opera with intimate storytelling

Transgressive Theatre-Opera

Transgressive Theatre-Opera offers storytelling, as envisioned and executed by artists from multiple disciplines: The soul-painters who can imagine and create the productions, and the performers who can inhabit the characters with fulsome artistic sensibilities.

VOX3

Celebrating the unique power of the human voice to tell stories and unlock emotions, in performances from many times and traditions. The numeral 3 stands for the three main types of music presented: Art Song. Opera. Cabaret.

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