Mission and Purpose
The Opera Guild of Charlotte, Inc. is committed to furthering musical education and appreciation freely and without profit. Our goal is to promote greater interest in the art of the Opera, and to lend assistance and financial aid to Opera Carolina and other similar organizations.
The History of The Opera Guild
The guild was founded in 1954; its history actually goes back to 1948 when members of the Charlotte Music Club founded the Charlotte Opera Association (commonly referred to as Charlotte Opera). Guild and chorus volunteers made costumes, put together sets, and collected props to present performances in English. The growing company moved from high schools to Ovens Auditorium in 1955, where they stayed for 35 years. As they began to hire professional singers and staff, the newly formed Opera Guild of Charlotte began to provide financial support to Charlotte Opera and assistance to aspiring singers. Charlotte Opera was rebranded as Opera Carolina in 1988 to reflect its expanding influence and audience. Guild members continue to provide services and financial assistance to Opera Carolina and to its educational programs.
In 1969, the guild formally established its own vocal competition for aspiring young adults in the Carolinas and granted scholarships to award winners. More that 100 scholarships were given through 2019. Now we are focusing on school-age children with an interest in the performance arts. In 2022 the guild’s newly formed Education and Encouragement Committee started providing grants to singers who demonstrate commitment and talent. We continue to remember our purpose from the start—promoting greater interest in opera and providing financial assistance. Opera Guild of Charlotte welcomes all with an interest in what we do to join us.