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Guerilla Opera was founded in 2007 by Co-Artistic Directors Mike Williams and Rudolf Rojahn in response to the staged performance of a song cycle written by Rojahn, and directed by Board Member Sanford Sylvan. The performance had a profound impact on Rojahn and Williams as well as the surrounding audience members. From this experience they decided to found a larger chamber ensemble that combined key elements of that performance – exciting, progressive, and virtuosic new music, intimate venue, dramatic risk, and direct communication between performers without the use of a conductor.

In Guerilla Opera’s brief existence they have garnered a national reputation for excellence in performance and bold programming. They have also received local and national attention from media sources including the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, The Boston Phoenix, MSNBC, Fox News, National Public Radio, Entertainment Weekly, and numerous other publications.

In the 2010-2011 Season they focused new attention on extending our reach to communities outside of the Boston area by performing and holding workshops featuring Rojahn’s Heart of a Dog at the University of Memphis, the OPERA America Convention, and at Hubbard Hall in 2012 in collaboration with Hubbard Hall Opera Theater.

In July 2012 they were awarded Best Opera Company by The Improper Bostonian in their “Best of Boston” Issue. Curtis K. Hughes also released a professional recording of his opera Say It Ain’t So, Joe, which features the original Guerilla Opera cast and ensemble. This recording is available on iTunes.