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Located in the state capital of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Opera Association has mounted over 50 productions with seasoned veterans and emerging young performers from opera companies including The Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera and also Broadway.


HOA's Opera in the Park 2021 Announcement

Harrisburg Opera Association's video presentation Opera in the Park - Birding for a Better World premieres SATURDAY, AUGUST 28th, 2021 AT 7:30 PM on HOA's YouTube channel. This year's presentation tells an original story regarding an ornithologist who believes birding can save the world, his colleagues who organize his movement and one newcomer who is inspired to bring this message to young people. Bird related music features styles including popular works from opera, operetta, musical theater, jazz, rap and folk music as well as featuring two original works. As with last year's video presentation, we are combining our outreach concert with the educational programs attached to our main stage production geared As with last year's video presentation, we are combining our outreach concert with the educational programs attached to our main stage production geared toward benefiting high school and college students that participate in our event. If you have a YouTube account you can log in and chat at the premiere with the performing artists. If you have to miss the premiere, the video will be in permanent reruns on our channel. See you there and please spread the word! (Common Yellowthroat Warbler field footage by Adam C. J. Klein)

April 29th, 2021

Hello all. Save the date! Harrisburg Opera Association will be premiering its mainstage video presentation on SATURDAY, AUGUST 28TH, 2021 AT 7:30 PM on HOA's YouTube channel. Details are coming soon. It will be a combination of our Opera in the Park format, albeit imagined in a way it has never been before, and our mainstage production. Please spread the work and enjoy this time of warm weather and renewal!

March 24th, 2021 #StopAAPIHate #StopAsianHate

January 18th, 2021 - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Harrisburg Opera Association wishes you all peace and good health this Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Please enjoy this excerpt from HOA's 2020 video presentation celebrating the man and his vision: He's Got the Whole World in His Hands.

Decenber 1st, 2020 - Giving Tuesday Message
Hello HOA audience! We realize that this is a difficult time for most everyone and if you cannot donate this year we completely understand. However if you can, our artistic director is choosing HOA for her birthday fundraiser this year on FaceBook. We are a 501(c)(3) non profit org and your donations are tax deductible. Also today is GIVING TUESDAY and your donations will be be matched. If you would like to donate to our organization via this platform the link is here:


You can also donate by other means. Just click on the Donate text above on our website to learn how.
We spread a lot of light and awareness this summer with a diverse cast dedicated to healing through great performances and also providing music education to students that participated with our production. Now we are working toward creating an online curriculum with participating schools locally and nationally. HOA's 2021 season is bringing all that and more to our Central PA audience with more world class performances and educational programs. Once the pandemic is over we can also initiate our goals of senior and therapeutic programs, as well. Thank you for taking the time to read this and we are so grateful to those who have already donated!

August 30th, 2020 Message from our Executive Director / Artistic Director
If you save the arts they will take care of you. Yesterday evening Harrisburg Opera Association premiered a virtual concert which was a combination of our educational outreach concert and mainstage production: Opera in the Park - Outside While Inside. This concert featured much more than opera. Music genres included African American Spiritual, Mainstream and Latin Jazz and crossover styles with original compositions and arrangements. The theme covered historic areas of Harrisburg, PA while focusing on our communities of color and their experiences there and elsewhere while celebrating our natural world. It literally took a village to bring this all together in slightly over two months. Kind words and support energized and validated all of our efforts to spread light and awareness through the power of music. A direct link to our virtual concert is posted below. This is a kid friendly concert so please do share this with your family and friends. You can still view it and donate to it as it will now be in permanent reruns. We just won't have live chat anymore, but comments are most appreciated. And please do follow Harrisburg Opera Association on YouTube to get notices when we post more videos.

Direct Link to Opera in the Park - Outside While Inside https://youtu.be/AaL1g4PLt3I

Permission to share this video on other platforms or websites must be obtained by emailing Harrisburg Opera Association at: mailto:info@harrisburg-opera.org

Bill and Ted were right when they said: "Be excellent to each other." Last night we all came together to share that love. Kindest - Tami Swartz

August 26th, 2020 Message
Media Alert! Enjoy this amazing publicity. Included in this post are:
- Gina Napoli's
fantastic article for The Burg,
- Tom Richards' By the Way Radio Show interview
- An interview with our Executive Director and Artistic Director on WHTM ABC27th Good Day PA! morning show and
- The Patriot News / Penn Live's preview article by Sean Adams for Opera in the Park - Outside While Inside premiering on YouTube on SATURDAY, AUGUST 29TH, 2020 AT 7:30 PM. We are feeling the love and are grateful. See you, virtually, there!

August 2020 Message
HOA will premiere Opera in the Park - Outside While Inside as a video presenation on Saturday, August, 29th, 2020 at 7:30 PM on our YouTube Channel as our virtual season! Details are located on our Season page here.

How to watch the presenation: Our channel is linked to the YouTube icon at the top right side of our website. Clicking on the image will take you right to our channel. If you have a YouTube account please subscribe! We will upload the video about a week before. You will see the movie in the line up. We will also and post a direct link to the presentation. As it is set to preview on that date and time you will not be able to view it until then. Can't make the premiere? It will be in permanent reruns afterward.

A $10 donation to HOA to watch the video is greatly appreciated! Donation information can be found on our website on the donate page, on our FaceBook page and on the YouTube video description. HOA is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization and your donations are tax deductible.

July 2020 Message On 7/13/2020 our Executive Director and Artistic Director made an appearance on WHTM ABC 27's Good Day PA! program where she enthusiastically discussed our upcoming video presentation Opera in the Park - Outside While Inside. The link is: here. The video will be premiering Saturday, August 29th, 2020 at 7:30 PM. Follow our YouTube channel Harrisburg Opera HOA to get the first alert when our video is uploaded and spread the word!

June 2020 Message from Our Executive Director / Artistic Director & Board President

6/5/2020 Dear Friends, these last few months have been difficult for everyone with the pandemic, then the senseless killing and violence against innocent Americans. Since I was voted in by our board in May of 2018 I made a promise to include diversity in our objectives, story telling, programs and casting. After all, I am an interracial human myself and proud of it! The violence against our minorities, especially these last several months, deeply hurts me to the core. Know that all of us here at Harrisburg Opera Association will not stand for violence or hate against anyone regardless of race, background, gender, gender orientation or disability. HOA is here to make a difference as well as provide world class performing art. We stand with the peaceful protesters and we stand with voices for equality. And on a personal note, I can't wait to announce what we are going to present to you this summer. Please be patient as we navigate the technology and ever evolving health and safety guidelines. It may not feel that great right now, but I truly believe that we will all come out of this better, stronger and more beautiful as a species. In the meantime everyone please stay healthy and safe. We are ever grateful for your support.

Peace and Love - Tami Swartz, Executive Director & Artistic Director and Lee C. Swartz Board President & Treasurer


For those artists who have been inquiring, thank you for contacting us. We are not currently holding auditions, but hope to do so in the future. We will post notices when we do!


  • - Penn Live's generous preview article from 8/11/2020 promoting our 2020 virtual season can be found here.
  • - We had a fantastic time visiting with everyone at WHTM ABC27's Good Day PA! talk show on 8/8/2019. Executive Director/Artistic Director Tami Swartz and Adam Klein talk about HOA's first season in ten years and perform one of the pieces that was featured in our mainstage production, An Artists' Journey. If you missed it the link is here.
  • - Penn Live's generous article from 8/7/2019 promoting our 2019 season can be found here.
  • - Executive Director and Artistic Director Tami Swartz returns along with Adam Klein for an informative and fun interview on Tom Richards "By the Way" radio talk show promoting our 2019 season which aired on 8/4/2019. You can catch the interview here.
  • -Hanna Martin's lovely article in The Burg Magazine announcing our 2019 Season.
  • - Here's our entertaining and informative INTERVIEW featuring Executive/Artistic Director, Tami Swartz and Michael Gamon on Tom Richards "By the Way" radio talk show which aired on Sunday 8/12/2018 on Fun 101.3 FM.
  • - Tami Swartz's 8/11/2018 live interview with Logan Wilson on ABC 27 regarding HOA's comeback!
  • - Check out our promo article in Pennlive!
  • - Check out our feature article heralding our comeback in The Burg Magazine here!
  • - Opera in the Park 2018 Press Release
  • - Our write up in December 2016 by The Burg Magazine on the state of opera in Harrisburg, PA is here.

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