Who is OPERA YORK

Opera York is a not-for-profit, registered charitable arts organization that is run by an annually elected Board of Directors. Donations will receive a tax receipt under registered charity No. 88563 4568 RR0001

Mission Statement

Opera York’s mission is to provide professional opera that is accessible financially, geographically and comprehensibly to the communities of York Region and surrounding communities, to encourage the development of the art form through educational and outreach activities and provide a platform for emerging and established Canadian artists.

In pursuit of this goal, Opera York has identified the following priorities:

  • Excellence in performance
  • Professional career opportunities for emerging and established Canadian artists
  • Promotion of cultural heritage and diversity
  • Encouraging community participation and collegiality of effort through volunteerism to support quality of life through the arts

Background Information

Opera York is a York Region based professional opera company. It is the resident opera company of the Richmond Hill Centre for the Arts and offers programming throughout the Region. As a company, in an area still developing its cultural programming, Opera York’s aim is to be a model organization for cultural service delivery. 

Growing from concerts in the parks in the municipalities of York Region, Opera York offers full productions, with orchestra, chorus and surtitling. Opera York has partnered with the York Region Public and Separate School Boards to introduce opera to a new generation through the Opera for Schools /L'opéra pour les écoles program. Adult education programs such as Opera for Seniors, Through Opera Glasses and Opera Teas are offered through municipal Culture and Recreation Departments and partnerships with supporting organizations. Opera for Seniors provides entertainment and lifestyle enrichment for the growing seniors population through a series of affordable concerts offered during daytime hours.

Opera York provides a platform from which creative artists may support their craft. The company uses Canadian singers, with emphasis on artists from Ontario and on the introduction of new artists from York Region.

The company recognizes the importance of serving its diverse multicultural community. It offers Italian productions, French productions and very recently expanded its base to include a production in Hebrew.

By building a musical organization dedicated to providing quality opera performance, supporting Canadian artists, furthering musical education, acting as a resource for our seniors, and supporting cultural heritages, Opera York serves the community in pursuit of comprehensible and connective cultural experience.

Board of Directors

Philip Trow – President Frances Carullo Grace Locilento
Richard Quinney – Treasurer Geraldine Di Marco Anne Martin
Joan Sax- Secretary Luigi Gambin Joanne Papini
Sonia Banner Shapiro Heather Heagle Marsha Winton

Honourary Board Members:
Bill Fisch, Regional Chair, York Region
Frank Scarpitti, Mayor, Markham
Ian Proudfoot, Publisher YRMG

Opera York is a registered charitable organization No. 88563 4568 RR0001