Barbara DeMaio Executive Director
Rob Glaubitz Artistic Director
Becky McGuigan Costume Director
Jan McDaniel Music Director
Scott Hynes Technical Director
Joe Fitzgerald Assistant Music Director
Rory Behrens Painted Sky Interns
Board of Directors
Joel Burcham President
Pamela Richman Secretary
Rachel Stas Treasurer
Lisa Reagan Love
Painted Sky Opera's Mission:
We present innovative, inspiring opera through performance and education, featuring emerging professional artists in Central Oklahoma.
The idea for Painted Sky Opera originated in a casual conversation between co-founders Rob Glaubitz and Barbara DeMaio when they commented that it was strange that Oklahoma City didn't have its own professional opera company considering the popularity of opera in other regional cities and the diversity of the OKC artistic scene. So, after a lot of discussion and planning, the two of them founded the company in 2015 along with co-founder Mikayah Fox. The Painted Sky Opera Board of Directors was formed in September 2015 with Joel Burcham as the founding president of the board.
In our first season, Painted Sky Opera performed four shows in three productions. Our first show, La Canterina by Joseph Haydn, was produced at the OKCMOA Samuel Roberts Noble Theater in June 2016 in collaboration with the Oklahoma Haydn Festival. It was followed by a double bill of Chabrier's An Incomplete Education and Menotti's The Medium in September 2016, which included a new libretto of the Chabrier comic opera written by Rob Glaubitz. Our first season ended with Verdi's La Traviata in February 2017.
In addition to productions, Painted Sky Opera has also made a commitment to education and outreach. In Painted Sky Opera's first year, we connected with more than 700 students at in-school outreach events. We also sang for retirement and hospital communities in Oklahoma City and even connected with opera lovers in Lawton.