The Indianapolis Opera has a new home for rehearsals, education programs, meetings and small performances. The Basile Opera Center is an old Greek church that was converted into an opera house in 2008. The facility is located just north of downtown Indianapolis and serves as a much needed home-base for the Indianapolis Opera Company.
Before moving to the Basile Opera Center, the Indianapolis Opera leased a small office nearby. They held meetings and practices throughout the city, wherever a space could be found. Now, music notes ring out into the community from the corner of 40th and Pennsylvania, as the Indianapolis Opera graces the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood. The 24,000 square foot facility features large performance and rehearsal halls, business offices, community meeting areas and several gardens. The high-arched ceilings in the church allow for distinctive sound resonation. And the church’s stained glass windows add an extra art flair to the Center.
The Basile Opera Center was named in honor of Frank and Katrina Basile, who generously donated funds to support the Indianapolis Opera. The Basiles are huge supporters of Indianapolis art, and are well-known local philanthropists. Several other art venues around town are named in honor of the couple, including a theater at the Indiana Historical Society, an art gallery at the Herron School of Art & Design, a studio shop at the Indianapolis Art Center, a theater at the Phoenix Theater of Indianapolis and more.
The Indianapolis Opera Company has been a staple in Indianapolis music culture since 1975, and has become a staple in Indianapolis culture. They work closely with other local organizations to put on large-scale productions. The Opera collaborates with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on a regular basis, but occasionally they use local talent from the Indianapolis Opera Chorus and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Opera performances are held in Clowes Memorial Hall, located on the nearby Butler University campus.
In 2005, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church congregation announced plans to build a new facility in Carmel, Indiana. Meridian-Kessler neighborhood resident and Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle purchased the church in 2008, and drafted a leasing agreement with the Opera. The rental contract guarantees the Indianapolis Opera Company a lease of five years, but ownership of the Basile Opera Center will likely be switched over to the Opera in the future. A large endowment is being collected for renovations and upgrades to the building.
Basile Opera Center
4011 N Pennsylvania St
Indianapolis, IN 46205
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