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Mission Statement

The mission of Berkshire Opera Festival (BOF) is to entertain and enrich the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the Berkshire region by providing accessible and affordable performances of a broad range of operas with the highest artistic standards.

Verdi's Rigoletto (2018). Photo: Ken Howard


Berkshire Opera Festival (BOF) is a fully-producing summer festival that presented its first season in 2016. BOF presents operatic productions, in addition to recitals and other related musical events. By adhering to the highest standards of artistic excellence, BOF has restored fully-staged opera to a place of prominence in the Berkshire arts community.  


We believe opera is a living, breathing, relevant art form, and must be nurtured for it to survive and thrive. There is no substitute for experiencing the power of the live, unamplified human voice in a theater, and opera has the inherent, transformative ability to greatly enhance one’s quality of life. BOF seeks to be an integral and vital part of our community by producing world-class programming that is musically and dramatically compelling, encompasses the entire operatic repertoire and fulfills our mission to be accessible and affordable to all Berkshire area residents.  


BOF is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and access and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and affirm all individuals, including those who have been historically marginalized. We strive to create art where all members of our community see themselves and their stories reflected on stage. 

Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos (2017) and Donizetti's Don Pasquale (2019). Photos: Ken Howard

Additional Info

Berkshire Opera Festival is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Copies of BOF's recent financial statements, conflict of interest policy, and other governing documents are available upon request. 

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