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Founded in 1998 by conductor Daniel Kleinknecht, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre presents two to three operas each season as well as other opera-related events and programs. International artists as well as American artists are featured in productions. The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre presents standard repertoire, 21st century repertoire, and premiers.

An important part of the company, the Young Artist Program, offers college and university-trained singers an opportunity to sing smaller roles in mainstage performances and to participate in the opera chorus. Opera outreach performances are also offered by the Young Artists. Last year the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, through mainstage and outreach productions, performed for over 7,000 audience members and community school students.

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre regularly collaborates with
  • Iowa Public Radio
  • Orchestra Iowa
  • Theatre Cedar Rapids
  • Cedar Rapids Community Schools
  • Brucemore Mansion
  • Coe College
  • Mount Mercy University
  • Kirkwood Community College
  • Cornell College
  • Iowa State University
  • Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
  • Legion Arts/CSPS

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre receives generous major support from
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
  • City of Cedar Rapids—Hotel/Motel Fund
  • Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
  • Giacoletto Foundation
  • The Hall-Perrine Foundation
  • Jared and Carol Hills Foundation
  • McIntyre Foundation
  • Transamerica Foundation
Long-time season sponsors include
  • CRST International
  • John & Dyan Smith
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Mike & Esther Wilson
Key production sponsors include:
  • Bankers Trust
  • Divine Engineering
  • GreatAmerica Financial Services
  • Virginia Michalicek
  • United Fire Group
  • Wells Fargo
  • Myron and Esther Wilson

Additional key support provided by:
Dave Wright Nissan/Subaru
Heuer Publishing, LLC

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre has two endowed funds held at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

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