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Opera For El Paso

The mission of El Paso Opera is to harness the transformative power of our art to engage with the local and larger community as a lasting and valued cultural service.                                                                                                         Our Core Values:

  • Artistic integrity
  • Community engagement
  • Education
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Opportunities for local and emerging talent
  • Accessibility
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Passion

Looking Forward

To position ourselves as a valuable member of El Paso’s Arts Community by continuing to provide a product unlike any other in our region Through a combination of tradition and innovation El Paso Opera will continue to reach new audiences and prove itself and this art as relevant.

Organization History

El Paso Opera began in 1992 as Opera a la Carte offering excerpts of classical opera. After overwhelming support indicated a desire for fully-staged, complete operatic productions, the organization expanded into a full company in 1994. By 2000, El Paso Opera had more than 1000 season subscriptions! El Paso Opera is proud to be known as the first opera company in the United States to display dual supertitle translations in both English and Spanish. We have continued to give the region high-quality art and entertainment despite financial difficulty and a trying economy.

Production Archives

Staff Members

Arianne Marcee

Executive Director

Justin Lucero

Artistic Advisor

Holly Mesarch

Assistant to the Director

Alejandra Nuñez

Office Assistant

Cherry Duke

Artistic Associate

Adrian Salas

Production Manager

Will Seyffert

Director of Video Content


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Board of Trustees

L->R Vice President Omar Rodriguez, Advisory Board Member Michael White, Executive Director Arianne Marcee, Past President Chelsea Lamego, and Board Member Adrian Ordoñez (photo credit El Paso Inc.)

Jay Stratton

Past President
Chelsea Lamego

Vice President/President Elect
Omar Rodriguez

Sondra Santaella

Ancel Escobar

Marcela Flores Fernandez
Robert Holguin
Stacey Hunt Spier
Tami Keating
Sarah Laucirica
Leonel Nuñez, Jr
Adrian Ordoñez
Andrea Spier
Valeria Villalobos
Kimberley Wolfenbarger-Nakamoto

Honorary Board Member
Wilma Salzman

Advisory Members

Michael White
John Colquitt
Drs. La Fon & Postma
Robert & Sara Shiloff