Greater Worcester Opera was founded in 2003 by singers formerly associated with Salisbury Lyric Opera Company, with a two-fold mission of opera performance and education. Led by Executive Director Elaine Crane, GWO performs mainstage operas, concerts, and other musical events as well as producing touring operas for students. Please see below for a detailed listing of our various endeavors.
Most of the artists who perform with GWO are professionally trained singers who attended various conservatories and music programs in the area, and then settled down locally to make their homes in New England. Our company combines the excellent training of the classical music world, with the spirit of community theatre, resulting in a company of committed and talented artists who work collaboratively together to create beautiful art in our own community.
GWO is now a member of EMACT (Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters), and our company has been awarded prestigious DASH awards in 2021 and 2022.
Greater Worcester Opera is a registered not-for-profit (501 c 3) company.
All donations are tax deductible, and go directly to GWO's productions.
GWO performs one mainstage opera per year, usually in June, in English translation. Occasionally, a musical well-suited to our performers is chosen.
Past operas include:
• The Marriage of Figaro
• Don Giovanni
• Gianni Schicchi
• Trial By Jury
• Cosi Fan Tutte
• The Magic Flute
• The Beautiful Bridegroom
• The Impresario
• Die Fledermaus
• The Mikado
• Amahl & the Night Visitors
• The Pirates of Penzance
• The Mikado
• Suor Angelica
• A Little Night Music
• A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Concert events are a big part of our repertoire, and we perform our own summer concert series as well as First Night, Winter Cabaret, and special concerts upon request.
• Broadway standards
• The American Songbook
• Gilbert & Sullivan
• A Night of Italian Music
• Bernstein on Broadway
• Custom themed concerts
Special lecture event:
• The ABC's of Opera (with live examples)
GWO is passionate about education, and we currently have three touring operas for students.
• Diamonds and Toads- a fairy tale about kindness, featuring the music of Mozart
• The Pirates of Penzance, a kid-sized version of the G&S classic which includes student interaction
• Hansel and Gretel, a mini-version of the beloved original, featuring the classic tunes and kids singing and dancing onstage with our professional singers
For a fact sheet with more information, click here.
The artists of Greater Worcester Opera are skilled in a variety of genres and are equally at home singing music ranging from Broadway to Opera and everything in between. Our singers are available for private concerts, house parties, themed events, and many other musical experiences. We also have a touring production of A.R. Gurney's two person play, Love Letters, upon request.
Questions about hiring GWO? We'd love to hear from you.