About Us

We’ve been featuring the best of Texas talent since 2014!

We support professional Texas singers by creating performance opportunities and we provide scholarships for students to study in Italy, the birthplace of opera! Here in Dallas, we’ve presented seldom-heard operatic masterpieces, such as Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri, Donizetti’s Il campanello, Sullivan’s Cox and Box, Holst’s Savitri, Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel, Boris Blacher’s Die Flut, and El barbero de Sevilla by Gimenez/Nieto. In addition to producing entire operas, we have presented numerous themed concerts, such as our upcoming Marvelous Massenet! (December 3, 2021). We intend to expand our local activity by launching annual series of recitals and master classes.

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Our People

Edward Crafts (Founding Artistic Director) is known not only for his impressive professional career as a leading baritone with the world’s premiere opera companies, but also as a teacher, producer and director. He has headed university opera departments (University of Nebraska, University of Arkansas at Little Rock), served as a guest stage director for educational and professional organizations (Peabody Conservatory, Oberlin in Italy, Seoul Opera Festival), and been active as a clinician and adjudicator. Mr. Crafts has over 10 years experience teaching in and administering summer study programs.

Stephen Dubberly (Artistic Director) has served as OIC’s music director since 2014. He lives in Denton, where he is a faculty member in the Division of Vocal Studies at the University of North Texas. He was UNT’s first full-time opera music director, serving in that capacity for 19 years. He now coaches singers and teaches classes in vocal diction and literature. He is dedicated to helping singers perform with confidence, understanding, and expressivity. He is excited to serve OIC and help carry on the remarkable legacy of Edward Crafts and Heather Ross.

Marilyn Halla (Board of Directors) has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from UNT, and worked for ten years as a music teacher. For the past thirty years she has been the Chair of the Dallas Opera Adopt-An-Artist Program, organizing volunteers providing hospitality and transportation to guest artists. She has also served as President of the Dallas Opera Guild and is a member of the Women’s Board of TDO, the DMA League, the Dallas Symphony Guild and the Dallas Theater Center Guild. She is the President of the Puccini Sociey, a Dallas organization presenting concerts featuring local professional and emerging singers. She and her husband, Ward Halla, have been honored on multiple occasions for their service to The Dallas Opera.

Heather Ross (Founding General Director) has an extensive background in performance and in music administration – she served as the General Director of the Maryland Lyric Opera, as the Artistic Director of the Jacksonville Opera and for seven years she was the head of the Fine Arts Department at the American International School of Budapest, Hungary. A graduate of the famed Curtis Institute of Music and Indiana University, she has worked as a professional singer and director in the United States and Germany, and has taught at a number of universities. She is currently assisting the Italy Vocal Academy, and Opera in Concert in Italy, with resuming in-person activities in Summer 2022.