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The Opera Company was founded by director and singer, Oliver Camacho. The mission of The OC is to present concerts combining intimate vocal music (Romantic Art Song, Renaissance Polyphony, Elizabethan Lute Song, Cabaret, Traditional/Folk Song, and even some Opera) with traditions and devices of the public spectacle (Commedia dell’Arte, Dance, Clown, Mask, etc.) thereby giving audiences normally not attracted to classical vocal music a chance to be exposed to its vast treasures outside of what can often be the prohibitive concert hall. The Opera Company is not necessarily for the purists of these art forms (who are decidedly shrinking in number), but hopes to present this music with integrity and with musicians of high technical and artistic ability. In a metropolitan area that is saturated with qualified musicians, The OC also strives to be a unique opportunity for singers to gain a different type of performance experience; one whose benefits may not be as tangible as the XYZ Young Artists program, but which repays in building new audiences and creating interest in art forms that are too important , too pertinent to be abandoned.

The first Opera Company production took place in June 2006.

“Bleuet” is a narrative based on war-themed songs of Francis Poulenc, patriotic American music, military music from operas (Daughter of the Regiment, Cosi fan Tutte,Marriage of Figaro) , sacred music (Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Byrd’s Ave verum corpus) and letters from the war in Iraq published by Operation Homecoming.

In 2007, the Opera Company was featured in the Chicago Cultural Center’s annual Day of Opera.

In 2008, the OC became a subsidiary of Evanston, Illinois' The Musical Offering. Future projects include a collaboration with Dal Niente Ensemble and the Chicago Academy of the Arts, and a Purcell Anniversary Masque.

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