Jacksonville Opera Theatre had very meager beginnings in the spring of the 2003-2004 school year. We produced two one act operas on the grand budget of $200.00. That production was put together on a shoestring and a prayer. The overwhelming response from the audience paved the way for the return of opera to Jacksonville. Before this it had been 15 years since opera had been performed in Jacksonville.
The next season brought two operas to the city of Jacksonville, and the cultural offerings of the company have been steadily increasing. We have been training singers improving the quality of the productions that we are presenting. We have expanded our audience from the initial 150 to more than 3,000 patrons. We have performed in venues in Pell City, Jacksonville, Tuscaloosa, and last year we expanded into the city of Gadsden, where we performed Romeo et Juliette with the Etowah Youth Orchestra.
We have also seen the launch of the annual Richard Armstrong Vocal Competition and Alumni Concert Series. We are very proud of our alumni from across the country who have taken it upon themselves to join our vision of improving the artistic culture in Northeast Alabama.
We hope that you will join our patrons and help make beautiful music part of the cultural heritage in Northeast Alabama!