The first Fine Arts colony session was held in 1950 for four weeks. … All opera roles would be performed in their entirety by the students; no lead singers would be brought in to sing the principal roles.

The effectiveness of training received at Inspiration Point has been demonstrated many times over by the successes by alumni in their opera careers…

The theme of Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony would be (and still is today) “The students are the stars”.Read more History

Performances 2015

Opera in the Ozarks’ 65th Season has been announced:

“The 65th Season of Opera in the Ozarks promises to be one of the most splendid yet. This year’s repertoire is outstanding with something for everyone…” – Dr. Thomas Cockrell, Artistic Director

Our newly air-conditioned, outdoor venue at Inspiration Point uniquely lends itself to an intimate look at each of the acclaimed operas of the 2015 repertoire:

June 19 – July 17, 2015

Offenbach / The Tales of Hoffmann
Verdi / La Traviata
Rossini / La Cenerentola (Cinderella)

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Opera Program Overview

Opera Program Overview

Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony (IPFAC) is an intensive eight-week summer training and performance program for young singers, selected from competitive national auditions.

Artists are trained, conducted, coached and encouraged by a supportive, professional staff. Included is all training, coaching, workshops, and nurturing required to present opera in full production—scenery, lights, costumes, wigs—accompanied by an orchestra. Read more

Our 65th season begins June 19
with 22 dazzling performances -
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  • Artistic Director
  • Orchestra
  • Your Opera Experience

thomas-cockrell-webConductor Thomas Cockrell was appointed artistic director of Opera in the Ozarks in October 2010. No stranger to Inspiration Point, Cockrell served as the Opera’s music director for the 2003, 2004 and 2005 seasons. Read More

opera in the ozarks orchestraThe Opera in the Ozarks Orchestra consists of professional and advanced student musicians from across the country. After the intense preparation period and the three mainstage operas have opened, opportunities for chamber music, chamber orchestra, practice and relaxation abound. Read More

audience-pirates-editWhether you’re attending your first opera, it’s your first time at Opera in the Ozarks, or your first time in the beautiful Ozarks mountains; we want you to feel comfortable and have a sense of what to expect. We also want you to get the most out of our unique experience and so we’ve anticipated and answered a few questions …Read More.

“…how I grew through Penzance and Butterfly, and I wouldn’t have gotten that chance to grow if it weren’t for you (OiO)! I feel so privileged to have been in those shows… THANK YOU! It really is an amazing place…and I don’t think we quite realize our artistic growth until we’ve ended at OIO, and are back to our very different realities.

– Bille Bruley

Alumni Quote

Bille Bruley