Berks Opera 2021-22 Events!

​​• Mountain Mary left a legacy of loving spirituality and profound healing.  Matthias Schaumbacher left the opposite: a legend of greed and violence. How have the seeds planted in the stories of these two people, who lived such different lives, grown in this place we call home?  

These Valleys and Mountains: Berks Legends
Friday, June 17th, 2022
Miller Center for the Arts
Reading Area Community College, Reading, PA
A new opera by Chris Heslop, with libretto by Vicki Haller Graff, and direction by Joel Richard Gori. 

Mountain Mary - Maria Damore, soprano
Hollinshead - Thomas Killourhy, tenor
Schaumbacher - Connor McLaughlin, baritone
Becky - Emily Byrne, mezzo-soprano
Mrs. Sprague/Minnie Ruppert - Mary Fetterman, soprano
Mrs. Keim/Mrs. Schroeder - Jennifer Laubach, mezzo-soprano
Mr. de Benneville/Elias Featherolf - Orin Strunk/Matt Mangus, tenors
John Joseph/Oscar Lutz - Christopher James Hartung, bass

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

• "Unleashing Your Inner Opera Fan" continues May 17th at Highlands of Wyomissing.  The Unleashing Your Inner Opera Fan series consists of  multimedia presentation, about 60-80 minutes long. The presentations begin at 7pm. Admission is $20 for adults and seniors, $15 for students and young people under 30. Payment at the door by cash, check, or VISA/MC/PayPal using our "Donate" button (above).​​

Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
Tuesday May 17 • Highlands at Wyomissing, featuring Kevin Patrick

Dean’s Hamlet​ featuring a special discussion with Susan Roberts, Shakespeare Expert
Tuesday May 31 • Highlands at Wyomissing, featuring Maggie Riker
Thursday June 2 • Phoebe Berks, Wernersville, featuring  Julie Kremm

Call Berks Opera at 484-752-2462 or email with questions. Thank you Fox Theatres for continuing to support these programs! 

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Berks Opera Company recently received a grant from the Arthur Judson Foundation for the Spring 2022 production " These Valleys and Mountains: Berks Legends".

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.

Check out our YouTube page  for our BCTV Program Archive!

​​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 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 receives funding support through a grant from the Reading Musical Foundation. 

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.

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

Production photography by John Robert Pankratz

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.

Upcoming Events

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