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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 called “Lust” based on the novel by Elfriede Jelinek, 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 and progressive new music highlighting musical virtuosity, intimate venue, dramatic risk, and direct communication between performers without the use of a conductor.

In our brief existence we have garnered a national reputation for excellence in performance and bold programming. We have also received local and national attention from media sources including the Boston Globe, MSNBC, Fox News, National Public Radio, the Boston Herald, and numerous other publications.

In the 2010-2011 Season we 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 we 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. Available on iTunes.

This season will feature the World Premiere of GALLO by composer Ken Ueno with stage direction by Sarah Meyers, and a new production of NO EXIT by Andy Vores. GALLO is Guerilla Opera’s ninth commissioned opera since 2007 and will be the tenth original production. NO EXIT is the second work from Guerilla Opera’s repertoire to be revived into a new production.

The 2014-2015 season will feature the world premiere of a new chamber opera by composer Per Bloland. This will be Guerilla Opera’s tenth commissioned chamber opera since it’s founding in 2007.