Traditional opera reinvented to surprise, delight & provoke
Loved by opera lovers, performers, educators and activists – even opera-phobes!
The award-winning Opera Frontier is a Bay Area opera company that reimagines some of the most revered music in the Western canon. Opera chestnuts resonate with new joy and meaning when blended surprisingly with dance, world music, circus arts, contemporary beats, and social commentary.
Re(discover) why opera retains its power to move the soul and stir the imagination. We create for stage, pop-up and film.
Our full collection of entertaining opera videos is yours to enjoy on Opera Frontier’s YouTube channel, including our two most recent, award-winning videos, Activist Aria: More Perfect Union and Rejoice Abyssinia! Subscribe now to keep posted on upcoming live performances, exciting collaborations, and rousing new video releases.
I was over the moon when I watched Rejoice Abyssinia, Bollywood Lakme, Arabian Magic Mozart and Hip Hop Mozart on your website.
– Philharmonic Orchestra conductor
What a clever re-imagining of some of my favorite operas, done with panache and artistry. I wish I’d brought more friends to enjoy the evening.
– Audience member, ReMiX8
Thank you for this video [Activist Aria: More Perfect Union]. I think it’s necessary to stand up for those who are voiceless or are afraid to stand up for themselves. I appreciate you advocating and making such a beautiful piece of art.
– Young DACA professional, YouTube viewer
…a rich trove of voices… A creative, irreverent, fun and immensely pleasing show” Great fun. Can’t wait to see more from Opera Frontier!
– Audience member, Pop up at the Palace
I loved it. I have to admit that I don’t know much about opera. Apparently there were inside jokes that I didn’t get, but there were people around me who were in stitches.
– Audience member, Lammermoor Inc
Film awards for two Opera Frontier videos
Bring Opera Frontier into your classroom
Opera Frontier is passionate about introducing children and young people to classical music, opera, and the power of art. Several of our performance pieces are appropriate for introducing children to opera in ways that are fun and educational, including Rejoice Abyssinia, Arabian Magic Mozart, Bollywood Lakmé, and Hip Hop Mozart.
Our award-winning video Activist Aria: More Perfect Union which deals with our nation’s ongoing struggle for human rights is appropriate for stimulating discussion among more mature young people.
A companion video PANEL DISCUSSION moderated by William Hodgson, actor & cofounder of Oakland’s Ubuntu Theatre Project features Garrett McQueen, arts activist, classical musician/podcast host, and equity consultant; and Steve Shlisky, retired Senior Editor of KTVU, Chair, Diversity Committee, NATAS, and Faculty at Laney College Media Department. In a thought-provoking conversation with Artistic Director Gail Simpson, the panelists consider opera and “classical music”, diversity, racism in the arts and activism.
See the panel discussion including a table of contents here.