In 1966, a group of musicians was planning a performance of Handel’s Messiah. While this performance never happened, it was the genesis of what became the Bronx Opera. Michael Spierman took the heart of the Messiah group and formed an opera company that would be based at the Bronx NYU campus (of which Mr. Spierman was a graduate). This organization was to be known as the “Heights Opera.” It was as the Heights Opera Company that the group first performed on November 24, 1967, at Vladeck Hall of the Amalgamated Housing Corporation. The opera was Mozart’s Così fan tutte. The Bronx Opera name was born in 1968.
Michael remains BxO’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor; he is joined in the company’s hierarchy by his son Benjamin, who is BxO’s Managing Director. The Bronx Opera’s full productions and community concerts are regularly presented in The Bronx and throughout the region, from Long Island and Westchester to Sullivan and Ulster Counties. The Bronx Opera Company has established a record of consistent growth, excellence and community involvement since its founding. We are the third-oldest opera company in NYC, and are the only one which presents all productions in English.