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 2016

Opera in the Ozarks’ 66th Season has been announced:

Don Giovanni
Il Tabarro / Pagliacci
Albert Herring

We begin our season on Friday, June 17 with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Britten’s Albert Herring opens the following night, June 18, and the double bill of Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci opens on Tuesday, June 21. Performances continue through July 15.

In addition, each mainstage show will be presented at the Arend Arts Center in Bentoniville in a Sunday matinee. This year, curtain is at 3:00 pm for these performances.

June 26, 3:00 pm Albert Herring
July 3, 3:00 pm Don Giovanni
July 10, 3:00 pm Il Tabarro /Pagliacci

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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

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Madam Butterfl 2013We now have DVDs of past performances (2012-2015) available for purchase. All performances were filmed live at Inspiration Point.

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“…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

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Bille Bruley