Over 120 company members from around the United States are selected each year to become a part of our residency program. The 40 performing artists who make up the vocal ensemble are chosen for their abilities to perform and work at the highest level in all disciplines demanded by the company’s specialized repertoire: singing, acting, and dancing. With 150 titles produced, over 300 productions, and over 750,000 patrons watching, The Ohio Light Opera has become the forerunner in promoting the lyric theater genre. The company’s contribution to the preservation and promotion of traditional lyric theater has received recognition in prominent national and international publications and its work is frequently cited by leading scholars of operetta and light opera. In residency on The College of Wooster campus, the summer festival offers a country setting with an inviting community that is proud of the unique service this company has given to its many patrons and to the art form.
In this time of reflection on our society’s social injustices, the Ohio Light Opera (OLO) reaffirms its commitment not to discriminate against any employee, program applicant, or student on the basis of race, color, religion, sex/gender, gender identity, or gender expression. As a part of The College of Wooster, we are committed to ensuring equitable opportunities for all company members to learn, work, create, and thrive. For over 40 years, Ohio Light Opera has produced historical titles in the spirit of being faithful to the original material. We make every effort to balance the past’s artistic ways with the sensitivities expected from our present society. Although words may be omitted and stereotypes refuted, OLO performance editions sometimes contain evidence of prejudices prevalent at the time of a work’s creation. To completely ignore these prejudices, or change the work entirely, would be the same as not acknowledging or recognizing that they existed.