Our Vision

Discover our innovative opera programs.


The Butler Opera Center (BOC) has achieved national recognition for it's stirring and extraordinary performances. It provides the professional experience for more than 40 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The Butler Opera Center is under the Direction of Dr. Tamara Sanikidze with the continued support of Sarah and Ernest Butler.


Fourteen years ago, the Butler Opera Center designed the innovative BOC Young Artist Program (BOCYAP) as a state-wide outreach program to prepare young singers for college auditions. Founded and led by Professor Darlene Wiley, this summer opera program provides a multitude of opportunities for young solo singers in acting, dancing, and singing.


The Butler School of Music is proud to announce the Butler Opera International Competition, now in its third year. An international outreach program directed by Professors Darlene Wiley and Dr. Tamara Sanikidze, the BOI competitively selects the world's five most gifted pre-professional singers who are ready to launch their careers in opera. The finalists travel to the University of Texas in Austin, where they are presented in concert with the Central Texas Philharmonic, conducted by Stefan Sanders and participate in a week-long festival. The prizes include international recognition, a professional-grade HD audio, and video recording and an Mp4 recording of the concert with an orchestra as well as over $10,000 USD in prize money.  All BOI Festival events will be live-streamed.

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