Newsletters & Opera House Information
Opera houses in the United States have a long history dating back to the pre-Revolutionary War era. The Playhouse in Williamsburg, Virginia, is commonly believed to be the first "opera house" in America. Although date of construction is unknown, most scholars of opera and theater history assign a date of 1722. Other early opera houses from the mid 1700s were located in cities such as New York, Charleston, Philadelphia, and Annapolis. Performers were typically English and traveled with their families in touring companies.
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