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About Sugar Creek Opera Cleveland

Sugar Creek Opera Cleveland is the key to nationally competitive opera performance in Cleveland. Nationally competitive opera consists of singers, conductors, directors and designers with national and international credits and experience. New opera productions that have traveled throughout North America, such as Turandot and Dead Man Walking. Sugar Creek Opera Cleveland will elevate the vibrant arts community of Cleveland to a position of national leadership in opera performance. Together, we can create magnificent opera and preserve this beautiful art form as a legacy for generations of Cleveland residents and visitors.

Sugar Creek Opera Cleveland is a member of Opera America.

Our Target Audience

Understanding the changing complexion of today’s opera patron shows us that to truly serve our patrons, Sugar Creek Opera Cleveland must present opera that appeals to the traditionalist as well as to those who are more interested in contemporary, American opera and in seeing traditional opera presented in both traditional and new ways.

Sugar Creek Opera Cleveland is a new branch of Sugar Creek Opera (formerly Sugar Creek Symphony & Song) which was founded in 2002 by Soprano Helen Todd. Ms. Todd’s dream was to bring world class, professional opera from the city to the countryside of Iroquois County. Today Sugar Creek Opera (SCO) is the only professional opera company in Illinois, outside the City of Chicago. Sugar Creek Opera is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in accordance with the IRS. SCO is a member of Opera America.

Vision and Mission of Sugar Creek Opera Cleveland

  • Provide nationally and internationally competitive professional opera.
  • Showcase singers, directors, conductors and designers with national and international credits.
  • Opera performed with full orchestra and full production with productions that have been seen across North America.
  • Showcase innovative classic and American contemporary opera.
  • Honor the tradition of opera with seasoned professionals while providing training opportunities for young opera professionals.
  • Engage in creative collaborations, innovative outreach, and audience development.
  • Founder | General and Artistic Director | Producer

    Helen Todd