Indianapolis, Indiana – The Indianapolis Opera introduced its new Basile Opera Center on Tuesday, marking the culmination of nearly ten years of renovation. The building, previously a Greek Orthodox Church, has been transformed into a multifunctional space for both performance and rehearsal.
David Craig-Starkey, the General Director of the Indianapolis Opera, emphasized the center’s broader role beyond serving as the organization’s headquarters and rehearsal ground. It is set to host other esteemed institutions, including the Indiana Writer’s Center, Indianapolis Youth Orchestra, and Indianapolis Movement Arts Center.
“This is a multicultural destination; mid-town is one of the most diverse areas in our entire city,” Starkey shared with WIBC. “It’s significant for us to be centrally located amidst this diversity.”
At the inauguration, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett expressed his pride and enthusiasm. “Now, we can, as the Indianapolis Opera truly call this wonderful building our home,” Hogsett remarked. “I am honored as the mayor to participate in this event tonight because of the importance of Opera to our community, and the fact that its continuity will now be guaranteed and preserved means a lot to all of Indianapolis.”
Those interested in the opera’s upcoming schedule can visit indyopera.org for more details.