The Delaware Valley Opera Company (originally incorporated as the Delaware Valley Lyric Opera Guild) was started in 1979. The intention of its founders was to offer a stepping-stone for singers, with training and education in all facets of operatic production and performance opportunities. During the first year, two operas and a concert were produced at various Center City locations while a permanent space was sought.
In 1981 the Company discovered The Hermitage Mansion, a historic house in Fairmount Park. That same year the Company began to lease the Mansion from the City of Philadelphia. A year later an outdoor stage was built in the natural amphitheater behind the Mansion, and this stage became the Paul D. Osimo Outdoor Theatre. The Mansion also serves as the Company's administrative base, rehearsal space, costume and scenery storage site, and the location for its Winter Concert Series in the living room.
The primary focus of the Company is its Summer Festival: three operatic productions in June, July and August in the Osimo Theatre. During its 25 years of existence the Company has performed over 100 performances and presented more than 52 operas.
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