Community Spotlight Exhibits

Community Spotlight Exhibits

Tulsa Opera: Celebrating 70 Years

through October 31st

With the 2017-18 season, Tulsa Opera celebrates its 70th year and stands as one of the oldest opera companies in the nation. However, Tulsa’s love of opera dates back beyond the company’s founding in 1948 to the very beginning of the town.

The first record of an opera performance in Tulsa was Faust in 1904, only six years after the city had been incorporated. In 1905, L. J. Martin, president of the Commercial Club, famously commented, “Of course, we did not have any sewers or street paving, but these were luxuries that could wait, whereas an opera house loomed as an immediate necessity.”

About Community Spotlight Exhibits

Community Spotlight exhibits are created by organizations in the Tulsa-area celebrating significant milestones.