Resident Companies

For the last 41 years, Ozarks Lyric Opera has been entertaining and educating the Ozarks through our commitment to bringing this life-changing art form to our community.

We strive to Foster a greater understanding of, and appreciation for opera.

Provide a wide range of repertoire to engage both existing and emerging audiences.

Present opera in a variety of settings and make it accessible to as wide a segment of the community as possible.

Look for collaborations that provide access, outreach, and education for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds in our diverse community.


The Milly Project is the true account of an enslaved woman in Springfield, Missouri who won her freedom through litigation PRIOR to the Supreme Court ruling on Dred Scoff.

Through storytelling, spirituals, and historical accounts this theatrical troupe tells the story of Milly Sawyers and provides an insightful narrative that resonates across time.

She was a slave. She was a woman. She won her freedom.

The Milly Project does more than recount history. It continues a national narrative and inspires conversation across social boundaries.

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