- Our passion is to bring opera out of the theatre and into the lives of all. Our purpose is to showcase impressive voices and the best upcoming artists in an intimate, dynamic setting, with minimal costuming and music. Our connection makes opera more accessible with performing experiences in fun settings.
The Opera Company of Brooklyn (OCB) was founded in 2000 by and for artists to promote talented young artists, while providing affordable and accessible opera thus building new audiences for the art form. Known for enhancing careers of countless singers, conductors, and pianists, OCB’s artists have included Marnie Breckenridge, Hope Briggs, Janinah Burnett, Cherry Duke, Andrew Gangestad, Luke Grooms, Steven Jarvi, Kenneth Overton, Jennifer Rowley, Darren K. Stokes, Russell Thomas and John Zuckerman, all who have gone onto thriving national and international opera careers.
The OCB Resident Artist Program (RAP) is a thriving educational program, in which artists learn roles, become familiar with the process of putting on a professional quality performance, and develop valuable onstage skills. A combination of master classes and preparation of various roles during the OCB performance season provides RAP artists with a wide range of training in a supportive environment. It is an excellent opportunity for artists making a transition into a full-time performing career.
Our innovative and small opera company consists of dedicated unpaid staff, volunteers, and interns working from across the U.S.. Our hard work yields results equal to large-budget opera houses, especially in the media. OCB has been featured on the Jeopardy quiz show, Good Morning America, and CNN. Other favorable coverage includes numerous reports on radio: National Public Radio’s Day to Day, American Public Media’s Marketplace, 1010WINS, WNYC’s Overnight Music and Soundcheck, and reviews and articles in: Wall Street Journal, NY Times, NY Daily and NY Post newspapers, NY Magazine, American Record Guide, Opera News Magazine and Crain’s New York Business. Metropolitan Opera’s “Opera News” magazine named the OCB CD, featuring music by American composer, Thomas Pasatieri “BEST OF THE YEAR”.