|1992||Opera a la Carte, Inc. is founded.|
|1993||Opera a la Carte, Inc. becomes The Opera Company, Inc.
Original Mission Statement: to bring professional opera productions that are understandable, accessible, and enjoyable to all the residents of El Paso, Texas and the surrounding communities; and to sponsor educational programs that will introduce both youth and adult populations to the world of great vocal music.
|1994||January â€“ The Opera Company, Inc., initiated a series of well attended luncheons with a lecture and performance format to educate and create enthusiasm about opera.
September â€“ Tosca by Giacomo Puccini is presented. The first complete opera produced by The Opera Company, Inc.
|1995||May â€“ Encouraged by the response in September 1994, The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is produced. This production received wide recognition and a positive review in Opera News, the Metropolitan Operaâ€™s international magazine.
October â€“ Carmen by Georges Bizet performed and receives critical praise.
|1996||May â€“ The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini was enthusiastically received by the audience and received high praise from critics.
The success of the prior season resulted in over 500 subscription seats being sold for the 1996-1997 season.
Students from the area are treated to the first â€śYouth Night at the Operaâ€ť, a final dress rehearsal performance of the mainstage production.
â€śFriends of the Operaâ€ť, a support auxiliary group, was organized.
August â€“ Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, the first opera presented by The Opera Company, Inc. to have supertitles projected above the stage.
|1997||May â€“ Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
September â€“ Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Spanish supertitles added to increase the enjoyment for a wider audience.
|1998||May â€“ La BohĂ¨me by Giacomo Puccini
September â€“ Aida by Giuseppe Verdi: The Saturday evening performance was a sell-out night, a first for The Opera Company, Inc. The excitement of this achievement took the organization to the forefront of the arts community.
â€śOpera on Wheelsâ€ť begins its existence by bringing opera into the schools with Engelbert Humperdinckâ€™s
|1999||April â€“ Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti
October â€“ La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi: This production along with the production in March 2000 was the first season for The Opera Company, Inc. to be a sell-out season. Subscriber base increased from 700 to over 1000 season subscribers.
Artist in Residence Program launched. Auditions were held nationally for young artists who would then spend four months performing outreach programs for area schools. The impact: approximately 25,000 students introduced to opera. Retirement villages were also added into the outreach program.
|2000||March â€“ I Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo and Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni
September â€“ RomĂ©o et Juliet by Charles Gounod: The first performance of yet another sell-out season.
|2001||March â€“ Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
September â€“ The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
|2002||March â€“ Faust by Charles Gounod: First production with a matinee performance added to performance schedule to better accommodate families and seniors.
August â€“ Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
|2003||March â€“ Samson & Delilah by Camille Saint-SaĂ«ns
September â€“ Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
The education outreach program expands its horizons, presenting in JuĂˇrez, Mexico and in Las Cruces, New Mexico. â€śOpera on Wheelsâ€ť, a component of the companyâ€™s education program, presented a mini-opera rendition of Mozartâ€™s The Magic Flute to third and fourth graders in El Paso and Far West Texas. Special trips were also made to visit children at Sierra Providence Medical Center through the auspices of Candlelighters and presented at the Junior Womenâ€™s Club of El Pasoâ€™s Spooktacular.
|2004||March â€“ Carmen by Georges Bizet
September â€“ Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
|2005||March â€“ Cosi fan Tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
September â€“ La BohĂ¨me by Giacomo Puccini
|2006||March â€“ The Tales of Hoffman by Jaques Offenbach
October â€“ La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
|2007||September â€“ Aida by Giuseppe Verdi|
|2008||March â€“ Il Trittico by Giacomo Puccini
September â€“ Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
|2009||March â€“ The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart directed by David Grabarkewitz
April â€“ Mr. Grabarkewitz is named Artistic and General Director of The Opera Company
May â€“Vegas Night Out, headed by Berthy Corral of Time Warner Cable, proves a successful fundraiser for The Opera Company
August â€“ Encores & Overtures, headed by Wilma Salzman, Sandra Maxwell, and Gloria Lavis, raises over $60,000 for The Opera Company. Also, rehearsals begin for the rejuvenated Opera in the Schools Program