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About us

we have a vast and accomplished history...

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from modest origins

On November 18, 1960, a group of Hyde Parkers opened a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers in the University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall. From this beginning grew The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, which has staged more than fifty productions of the G&S full-length comic operas.

meet two of our

creative team

Shane Valenzie

Artistic Director

Matthew Sheppard

Music Director

Our Board of Directors (2022 – 2023)

Victoria Granacki
Roger M. Huff, Treasurer
Mark A. Johnson, Chair
William Paul Jones, Jr.
Michael Kotze
Nancy Levner, Vice President
Katherine Petersen
John Plampin, Secretary
Benjamin Recchie
Barbara Schubert
Sara Stern, President
Diana Stokes


Calvert Audrain
Judy Chernick
Hon. Barbara Flynn Currie
Trip Driscoll
Robert Green
Susan Hull
Carol Fisher Saller
Joyce Swedlund
Martha Swisher
Noel Taylor

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