Eureka Springs is a mecca for young opera artists. Each summer, university students and graduates in voice, instrumental music, and related arts head to Opera in the Ozarks to prepare for professional careers.
Opera in the Ozarks is a six-week intensive training program and month-long operatic music festival takes place at Inspiration Point, located a few miles west of downtown Eureka Springs on US 62. While it helps talented young artists hone their operatic skills, it gives the public a chance to view upcoming opera stars.
Many of the Opera in the Ozarks alumni have found success in their opera careers. Several are internationally famous. At least eight are or have been with the New York Metropolitan Opera company. Many others are with famous opera companies in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Houston, Switzerland, and Germany. Many others teach at prestigious colleges or universities.
This year’s opera lineup runs from June 24 through July 22. Three popular operas are featured: Die Fledermaus (The Bat) by Johann Strauss II; Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; and Little Women by Mark Adamo, which is sung in English.
Singers perform in period costume and with a full orchestra. All but three of the performances take place at Inspiration Point in an intimate outdoor theater, which allows theatergoers the opportunity to witness the emotions of the performers close-up. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. and comfortable attire is encouraged.
For those who prefer an indoor setting, all three operas will be performed at Arend Arts Center, 1901 SE J St, Bentonville: Le Nozze di Figaro, July 3; Die Fledermaus, July 10; and Little Women, July 17. Curtain time for these performances is 4 p.m.