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  •  •  484.752.2462


Berks Opera Company fosters and promotes the operatic art through
​musical education and performances, creating an innovative experience for students of the arts, professionals and the community, and increasing the diversity of available cultural experiences.


To educate and promote operatic art to Berks County and the surrounding communities.

Executive Director,  Joyce Farmer
Artistic Director, Tamara Black
Educational Outreach Director, David Richie

Our History

Since its inception in 2007, Berks Opera Company has grown into a regional company committed to finding current cultural relevance in standard opera repertoire.  We presently offer our "BOAST" young artist programs for local singers and feature internationally acclaimed artists in main stage productions, presenting opera on a sustainable basis. Additionally, we have an innovative "BOOT Camp" youth orchestra training program, the Unleashing Your Inner Opera Fan multimedia educational series, and regular appearances at smaller venues in Berks County.


Board of Directors

  President, David Richie          
  Vice President, Cynthia Balchunas
  Secretary, Marge Sturm
  Treasurer, Alison Whalen
  Ted Bassano
  Sherry Cameron
  Mike Feeney
  Faye Warmkessel
Advisory Board
  Emily Branch
​  Rosemary Fraley​
  Jeraldine Kozloff




 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.