The Valley Light Opera, Inc., based in Amherst, is a nonprofit Massachusetts corporation founded in 1975 by a group of Gilbert and Sullivan devotees. The VLO promotes broad participation and produces fine entertainment. We present a fully staged opera in the fall of each year, and less formal productions in the early spring. Over the years, the Valley Light Opera has produced all fourteen of the G&S operas as well as Cox and Box, The Zoo, The Rose of Persia, The Chieftain, The Emerald Isle, and Sullivan's oratorio The Prodigal Son. In addition, VLO has performed Rudolf Friml's The Vagabond King, Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow, Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, John Philip Sousa's El Capitan, and Warren Martin's The True Story of Cinderella.
We are a warm and friendly community, and we welcome all to join us on stage or back stage! In addition to our big fall performance at the Academy of Music in Northampton, we have informal "pub sings" of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, company parties, Christmas caroling, a yearly Messiah "sing-along," and we perform for First Night in Northampton. Come join the fun, there's a place for everyone!