Birmingham Civic Opera Association

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The Birmingham Civic Opera Association was founded in 1955 as a volunteer non-profit organization producing operatic works for the Birmingham public. Mayer Newfield was the first president.

Most Civic Opera productions starred local singers accompanied by a 35-member orchestra drawn from the ranks of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The group staged popular children's matinees as well as full-scale performances of classic works.

In 1987 the Civic Opera Association merged with the Southern Regional Opera to form the Birmingham Opera Theater.

References

  • "Local talent sings principal opera roles." (March 1966) Birmingham Magazine. Vol. 5, No. 3, p. 16