Our History

In 1966, a group of musicians was planning a performance of Handel’s Messiah. This planning was the genesis of what became the Bronx Opera, as Michael Spierman formed an opera company that first performed . This organization’s first performance took place on November 24, 1967, at Vladeck Hall of the Amalgamated Housing Corporation. The opera was Mozart’s Così fan tutte; the company was the Bronx Opera.

Michael remains BxO’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, now joined in the company’s hierarchy by his son Benjamin, who was named General Director this summer by BxO’s Board of Directors. We present 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. We also teach classes at Senior Centers, Community Centers, and Schools in all corners of Bronx County, and have 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.