Our mission is to make exceptional opera accessible throughout the Chicago community while providing greater opportunities for professional artists of color, especially local black artists, in thrilling performances of classic and contemporary operas. We will present works by composers from the operatic canon as well as spotlight music by important black composers whose work merits greater attention. We will inspire and enhance the lives of youth by oﬀering free educational programs and performances of the highest caliber.
To be a springboard for new works by composers of color with a strong emphasis on opportunities for black composers, conductors, librettists and directors. To be recognized globally for our artistic excellence and to enrich, inspire, and innovate our audiences and artists alike. To provide our audiences with beautiful, relevant art, which engages, connects, and provides a heartfelt experience.
SSOCC has proudly fulfilled our mission through these ten years, creating a lasting impact to serve our community. We have:
Presented 6 original opera productions of 20th & 21st century composers: Dream Lovers, Troubled Island, Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom, Seven Deadly Sins, The Telephone, and The Poet
Provided 17 Free Concerts for over 5 ,000 people on the South Side of Chicago
Inspired over 3,000 students in free educational programs
Provided opportunities for over 300 opera professionals, including opera singers, instrumentalists, conductors, directors, dancers and designers
Presented 3 productions of new works-in-progress to support living composers and librettists
And we will do much more!