About DVO

Introducing Charlene Trotter and Debra Courtright.

Debra Courtright comes to the DVO with outstanding credentials and experience in numerous areas. In addition to her accounting skills, she is a Quickbooks ProAdvisor and a writer of personnel employee handbooks.

She has degrees in Business, Accounting and Music. For almost 20 years she was the President and Producing Director for the "La Bella Voce Opera Ensemble" in Roseland, NJ where she was their human resources administrator and also responsible for all financial management. Debra is dedicated to introducing young people to music and opera and will be heading the DVO's new Opera Workshop for Children, which is due to debut in Summer 2022.

Charlene Trotter
Charlene Trotter

Charlene Trotter Last month, Charlene Trotter joined the Board of Directors and became our new Treasurer. She is president of C.Trotter Consulting in Glen Spey and offers small businesses fundraising strategies, marketing advice, resources, and strategies for relationship building. She is also the Director of Development & Membership Administration for the Barrymore Film Center & Museum in Ft. Lee, NJ. With her vast experience in communication and leadership, accounting, public relations, and social media with not-for-profit organizations, professional accounting firms and Chambers of Commerce, Ms. Trotter will be a valuable participant in the DVO's future content.

Delaware Valley Opera, Lake Huntington, NY

Delaware Valley Opera Buys Its Very Own Theater!!!

Today is a day of BIG news! It is with enormous pride and considerable emotion that the Board of Directors of Delaware Valley Opera announces that DVO has purchased its very own theater, the former "Nutshell" bar, restaurant, art gallery, theater and nightclub on Route 52 in Lake Huntington, NY. After 35 years (remember that "Magic Number," 35!) performing at venues ranging from the theater at SUNY Sullivan to "Harmonie Hall" at the Western Hotel to the Lumberland Town Hall to the Tusten Theatre and beyond (with lovely memories attached to each and every one of them), DVO finally has its own, year-round home: The Delaware Valley Opera Center!

Although we will be doing upgrades, beautification and renovations for years to come, the Delaware Valley Opera Center is "performance ready" and we will be producing our inaugural production...David Conte's "The Gift of the Magi"...in its main theater this December. Amenities include a stage and large theater featuring flexible seating options, from traditional rows to dinner-theater and more, an intimate cabaret-style space (perfect for smaller concerts), office space, ample rehearsal, dressing room, and storage space, space for workshops and educational programs, a commercial kitchen and full bar capacity, and much, much more. 

What this means is that DVO can "up" its involvement in the region year-round, without the difficulties of securing rented space. Workshops (for both children and adults), lectures, concerts, and small productions (in addition to our traditional summer operas and operettas) will increase, with ample opportunities for involvement by regional and visiting performers, as well as by members of the community and interested children and youth. Now, more than ever, DVO will be YOUR company, a place to call "home," a venue to nurture your creative soul....

Delaware Valley Opera Center
Delaware Valley Opera Center

Delaware Valley Opera 30th Anniversary

Our Mission is to provide opportunities for area talent to study and perform a wide range of opera repertoire; to introduce opera to young people and the general public through performances, workshops and educational programs and to foster collaborations between creative and interpretive artists and technicians.

The Delaware Valley Opera is a member of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, the Arts Council for Sullivan County, NY. Our address is Delaware Valley Opera Center 6692 NY-52, Lake Huntington, NY 12752 and phone (845) 887-3083.

The DVO has been in residence each summer at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg since 1991. Now the company owns it's own theater in Lake Huntington and will present the first performances in the New Delaware Valley Opera Center on December 4th and 5th with "The Gift of the Magi".

Seeking Your Support to Build and Improve Our New Home!

DONATE NOW You can support the work to renovate the new opera center by making a donation in any amount!

Become a member of the Delaware Valley Opera, and support our mission to provide opportunities for area talent to study and perform a wide range of operatic repertoire; to introduce opera to young people and the general public through performances, workshops, and educational programs; and to foster collaborations between creative and interpretive artists and technicians. There are a variety of ways in which you can get involved with the DVO's productions.


The Delaware Valley Opera is a Professional Company Member of Opera America.

Soloists:Auditions are held every season, please contact us if you are interested.


Chorus Auditions: Auditions for the Delaware Valley Opera Chorus are held throughout the season.

Surrounded by rolling hills, forests, and many lakes, Sullivan County is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with a range of activities including canoeing and kayaking, swimming, hiking (the newly opened Tusten Mountain Trail overlooks the Delaware River), cycling, birdwatching (the area is renowned for its bald eagles), fishing, and hunting. The beautiful, rural setting attracts many second home owners and vacationers from all over the country.

ArtScene for July 9 2013 from WVIA radio

Original air date July 9,2013 | Time 17:12 | MP3

WVIA's Peter Wynne speaks with Carol Castel, artistic director of the Delaware Valley Opera in Narrowsburg, N.Y. about the Summer 2013 season, titled, "Mischievous, Magnificent Mozart!"

The hamlet of Narrowsburg, New York, is situated on the banks of the Delaware River, in the area between the Catskill and Pocono mountain ranges. Centered in the Upper Delaware River corridor, it is an area surrounded by rolling hills, forests and many lakes. Narrowsburg overlooks the Big Eddy, a popular fishing spot and the deepest point in the Delaware River. It also overlooks the Narrowsburg Bridge, which crosses the river at its most narrow point (hence the name, Narrowsburg).


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