Welcome to the online home of the Venice City Opera in beautiful and sunny, Venice, California! We are looking forward to sharing information about our upcoming schedule, the renovations to the opera house, and our wonderful team of folks who are helping to put legs underneath this project!
Reopening an old opera house has proven to be quite the task. After three years of searching for a restoration project, a resident couple of Venice finally found what they were looking for in their own backyard. Our historic 100 year old City Opera House found a new owner this last year. The new owners, locals, Rhonda and Brian Jones closed on the property late last year and quickly began working with the non-profit arts advocacy Venice Arts Consortium to put together a restoration plan that would include help from local volunteers and the full financial backing of the Jones’ and other interested parties.
The city was quickly enamored by the amount of love that was being shown to the old building and to opera in general. Mrs Jones is a former ballet artist with the Los Angeles Ballet Company and was searching far and wide for an arts related project to dive into and blend with her love for restoration. She and her husband are excited about restoring the classic building to its former glory.
“It’s a theater, but let’s not forget that it is also a museum that gives homage to the great performers of the past.” Jones says. “This community has a great opportunity to bring performers of the future back into the city of Venice.”
Built in 1915, the opera house was a hit for nearly 50 years. Over the years, with money trouble, and lack of interest, the building became abandoned and fell into disrepair. In the 1990’s, a local developer, Rich Striker, purchased the building to save it from being demolished by the city.
We will share more in the coming days/weeks, but for now we will leave you with a teaser of one of our favorite online videos, “The Best of Opera.”