Hawaii Opera Theatre has been part of island culture for more than a century. Its connection, which stretches back as far as the 1850s, still has a strong foothold even today, attracting a diverse audience of young professionals, families and traditional opera patrons along with new-to-opera supporters who believe this artform must continue to help define the artistic fabric of Hawaii’s cultural community. Queen Emma sang in the chorus of Verdi’s Il Trovatore while her husband, King Kamehameha IV served as the stage manager! Queen Liliuokalani is said to have composed her own opera.
Today, over 400 volunteers dedicate their time and talent to help stage Grand Opera in Hawaii. Many international cast members compete up to three years in advance for HOT’s coveted roles and the chance to perform in paradise, while escaping some of the coldest months of the year elsewhere in the world.
Hawaii Opera Theatre is located in Honolulu.
The Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT) is an opera company located in Honolulu, Hawaii, which became active in 1961. The company typically performs three operas during February and March in Blaisdell Concert Hall. A summer production of a comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan or a musical was added beginning in 2004.
A classroom-based education program was begun in 1981 and was expanded to more elementary and high school grade levels in 1984. A program called “Opera Highlights” became part of the curriculum of the University of Hawaii’s College of Continuing Education in 1983. HOT now has several educational programs, most notably its “Opera For Everyone” (OFE) program. OFE allows students to participate in all aspects of an opera production from technical crew to performing to simply watching an opera.