Singers & Stanzas review: Use your words, Charleston. (Then add some song.)

HALO is frequently game for new artistic tacks… so it was on-mission when HALO’s general director Leah Edwards and artistic director Dimitri Pittas hatched a plan to join Lowcountry poets with a contemporary composer in a world-premiere collaboration. Read the story here.

HALO’s mission to create inclusive opera exemplified with LGBTQ+ show

“What would make you give opera a chance?” asks Leah Edwards, general director of Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera. Affectionately known as HALO, the organization initially took off in 2019. Since then, Edwards and co-founder Dimitri Pittas have devoted every working minute to help reestablish a more inclusive opera...

One-of-a-kind opera premieres in Charleston

As One chamber opera explores the story of a transgender woman named Hannah as told through the voices of Hannah Before and Hannah After and a simple yet evocative string quartet. HALO brings the famous opera to the Queen Street Playhouse downtown at 7 p.m. June 22 to June 25....

Nonprofit aims to bring more opera resources back to Charleston

For some, Charleston is considered the birthplace of opera in North America, inspiring a Lowcountry organization to offer more resources and knowledge about the art to the area. Read the story here.

HALO to host annual driveway concert

Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera (HALO), a nonprofit that started with a dream and a driveway, is hosting its third anniversary concert on April 22 at 4:30 p.m. at Brickyard Plantation in Mount Pleasant. The concert will feature local artists Julian Blake Gordon, Katie Small and Samuel Stevenson, as...

Opera performance adds sophisticated flair to opening ceremonies

Steeplechase of Charleston prides itself on providing a unique and immersive experience with entertainment on and off the track for everyone to enjoy. New for this year’s event will be a performance from Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera, or HALO. This local nonprofit arts organization takes an all-inclusive approach...

Opera Night at The Joe

Tonight is the second annual Opera Night at the Joe. Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera (HALO) and the RiverDogs teamed up last August ahead of HALO’s production of La traviata in October. We’re excited to bring opera night back to the ballpark. Read the story here.

Opera At The Joe? Meet The Couple Behind Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera

Opera singers Leah Edwards and Dimitri Pittas, founders of the accessible opera and theater company Holy City Arts and Lyric Opera (HALO), happened upon one of their best ideas in their own backyard. Actually, make that their driveway. Read the story here.

Review: ‘Into the Woods’ is the right show for right now (by the right company, too)

After the past two years of strange new terrain, we all know what it feels like to be thrust into the great unknown. And when it comes to musical theater, no one mined the complexities of modern life with equal parts emotional depth and abiding elan in quite the way...

Getting back in touch with Charleston opera

Charleston has some serious opera street cred. It’s true: When you consider the George Gershwin standard, “Summertime,” was plucked from a Charleston-set opera and the first colonial operatic production was staged here some 286 years ago. Charleston has a major place in American opera history [...] Read the story here.

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