Education & Outreach

We host educational opportunities for local youth through partnerships with Olivet Boys and Girls Club Pal Center for the Arts and our exclusive BOAST and BOOT programs. Learn more.

Since 2008, Berks Opera Company has been connecting the Berks County region with the power of opera and the positive impact of the arts on our local community by advancing the development of young singers and by cultivating astute, appreciative, and adventurous audiences.

Check out our YouTube page  for our BCTV Program Archive!

Berks Opera 2021-22 Events!

• Berks Opera was proud to collaborate with Yocum Institute for Arts Education and the Reading Public Library for a FREE Berks Jazz Fest local performance of the children's opera "The Three Little Pigs", on the RPL's front steps Friday August 20th. Music by W.A. Mozart and text by John Davies. WATCH the performance on YouTube!


Thank you to our event sponsors Customers Bank and Enersys.
Thank you to Board Member Michael Feeney for sponsoring Sweet Ride Ice Cream, serving up free kids scoops to the first 100 in attendance!


Featuring:
Maria Damore, Despina
Jarrod Miller, Cherubino
Rod Nevin, Don Giovanni
and C J Hartung, Wolfgang Bigbad

Joel Gori - Director
Tamara Black - Artistic and Music Director
Beverly Houck - Technical Director


• We have received grant funding to move forward with our ARIA vocal workshop with Tower Health Respiratory Therapists. LEARN MORE!

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Coming Fall 2021 "Unleashing Your Inner Opera Fan" opens its season Friday October 8th at the Wyomissing Public Library. Mussorgsky’s masterwork Boris Godunov  will be the subject of the presentation with tenor Aaron Scarberry as the guest artist. LEARN MORE!


• Coming Spring 2022 Composer Chris Heslop is working with librettist Vicki Haller Graff to bring a unique experience to our community paying homage to our local history!


“Berks Legends”
Friday, June 17th, 2022
Miller Center for the Arts

at RACC

WATCH our creative team discuss the working process of creating a new opera for next season! 

Opus One: Berks Chamber Choir Podcast OCTAVIO EP:2 |5/1/2021


In this episode, they will be discussing how ensembles cope with difficult circumstances - whether that be the programming of insensitive repertoire or handling questionable and sometimes illegal activities by leaders in the artistic world. How does perception influence legacy? How does legacy influence perception? Our guests include Tammy Black (Executive Director of Berks Opera / Instructor of Music at Albright College), David Richie (President of Berks Opera), and Dr. Justin Vickers (Associate Professor of Music at Illinois State University).

Hosts: Christopher Hoster & Debbi Silas
Featured Music:
En Bateau from 'Petite Suite' by Debussy
Brindisi from La Traviata by Verdi
Two Chorales from St. John Passion by Bach

READING EAGLE COMPANY named us Arts and Entertainment News-maker of the Year for 2015! 

Berks Opera Company receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. 


​​Berks Opera Company is a fictitious name owned by Berks Opera Workshop, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation and tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

Berks Opera Company  •  P. O. Box 251  •  Reading, PA 19603  •  berksoperacompany@gmail.com  •  484.752.2462

Production photography by John Robert Pankratz

Upcoming Events

Berks Opera brings arts and entertainment out to the community with engaging and creative concerts and performances!  Learn more.

Unleashing Your Inner Opera Fan

Does your inner opera fan long for a fun way to learn more? In partnership with Fox Theatres, this series introduces the Met Live in HD Broadcasts with entertaining and informative multimedia presentations. Learn more.

Basso Jeremy Galyon, who has sung in many of Berks Opera performances, has offered a performance in Jeri’s memory of An die Musik, by Franz Shubert, a song dedicated to the art of music itself.


Gracious art, in how many bleak hours,
And amid life’s wild confusion, 
Have you warmed my heart with love, 
And transported me to a better world!


Often a sigh from your harp,
A sweet, holy sound,
Has opened a heaven of happier times for me. 
Gracious art, I thank you! 


Jeri’s love and appreciation for music extended also to chamber music. Donations in her memory may be mailed to The Friends of Chamber Music of Reading, Inc., P.O. Box 15205, Reading, PA 19612 or made via 
their website.
❤️ Berks Opera Company