In 2003, a group of musically minded people in Steubenville brought in a New York City impresario with local connections to produce and stage Madame Butterfly, an opera by Puccini. The audience at Steubenville High School loved it. The next year (2004) they staged an equally wonderful opera, LaBoheme also by Puccini featuring an extraordinary lead tenor from the Colon opera in Brazil.
Based on early efforts, a committee was then formed in November 2004, a president was elected and commitments were made to develop an Opera Guild. Their goals were to bring Opera and good music to the Upper Ohio Valley area by raising funds to support the arts via membership drives, grant requests, donation solicitations, fund raising events etc.
From a handful of music devotees at our first meeting in November 2004 we have since grown to over 100 members with additional members being added on a regular basis. The Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild (UOVOG) is scheduling presentations for 2011/2012 which will help fund a full scale opera or "off Broadway production in the future.
We want to inspire everyone to work with us toward our goal of creating "Opera-tunity" in the Upper Ohio Valley.