Throughout its almost 30-year history, Spartanburg Repertory Opera has performed in many local venues. Starting this season, we are proud to once again call the Chapman Cultural Center our home.
The Chapman Cultural Center is the hub of the arts in Spartanburg. At the center of its 85,000 square foot campus is the elegant David Reid Theater, where the performing arts come alive. The theater's strategic design affords patrons in each of the theater's 476 seats an excellent view of the stage - in here, you always have the best seat in the house!
Spartanburg Repertory Opera specializes in standard repertoire from the traditions of light opera, operetta, and musical theatre. Each season features carefully selected productions that will delight returning patrons and be appealing for new ones. We strive to expand our audiences with each new show, so that we can serve as many members of our community as possible with the beauty of music and the magic of opera.
Spartanburg Repertory Opera, formerly The Spartanburg Repertory Company, is one of the only community opera companies in the state of South Carolina.
In October 1987, Sharon Rouse Fridy founded The Spartanburg Repertory Company as an organization dedicated to serving the upstate community by providing outstanding opera and operetta performances, enriching the lives of citizens, educating both young and old, and providing performance opportunities to Spartanburg's gifted singers. In addition to three major productions, Spartanburg Repertory Opera's seasons include a benefit event in a more intimate setting and an educational program for local students.
The mission of the Spartanburg Repertory Opera is to provide access to, and to nurture enthusiasm and appreciation for live opera and musical theatre performance for audience members and performers alike in Spartanburg and the surrounding areas, thereby enriching educational and cultural resources in the community.
Sharon Rouse Fridy is Founder of The Spartanburg Repertory Company. She most recently performed as "Inez" in SRC's production of The Gondoliers, "Constance, the Charwoman" in Scrooge, Gilbert and Sullivan, "Ruth" in The Pirates of Penzance, "Yente" in Fiddler on the Roof, "Bloody Mary" in South Pacific, "Morgan LeFey" in Camelot, and she also has directed Cavalleria Rusticana and The True Story of Cinderella, in which she played the roles of "Santuzza" and "The Stepmother," respectively. "Sherry" is a past National Finalist of the American Opera Auditions in New York City, was a featured soloist for the International Platform Association in Washington, DC, and has distinguished herself as a vocalist in numerous areas across the US. She has a MA in Performing Arts in Music and Theatre from American University, Washington, DC, and a BA in Vocal Performance and English from Columbia College.