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 with its primary purpose to provide financial assistance for Opera productions, and to further musical appreciation and education in the area. Through more than half a century of its existence, the Guild has contributed over $1 million to Opera Carolina.
From the beginning, the Guild was interested in providing support for young music lovers. It worked to arrange free matinees for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school children, as well as support music education programs in the schools.
From 1969-2019 The Guild formally established their own Vocal Academy Competition for aspiring young singers in North and South Carolina. Over 155 students were awarded monetary prizes to help them continue their musical education. In 2022 this competition was replaced with the Education & Encouragement Fund which raises money to provide grants to financially assist and encourage deserving youths participating in Opera Carolina’s education programs and other community opera programs. The Guild is proud to support the opera singers of tomorrow.