MSO is now in its sixth year of operations and seventh year of performing and continues to evolve as an organization. Its beginnings owe to the vibrant Chicago arts culture and a passion to extend its reach. Though Chicago has world-class operatic organizations like Lyric Opera and Chicago Opera Theatre, there are many in the greater Chicago area, especially the suburban population, who do not regularly experience professional opera, operetta, or music theatre at its finest. Long distances, expense of tickets and travel, and convenient access have left this large potential audience unfulfilled. Recognizing this demand through internal studies and informal surveys, MSO was formed in 2010.
MSO also took the important step of articulating its artistic character. The Company now includes three distinct methods of showcasing its core competency – MSO (opera only productions), MSO Singers (perform mixed genre Opera/Classical/Broadway) and Main Street Cabaret (performs only Broadway and popular music). Some of our professional performers are able to move between all three musical groups.
Meet the Founder
Katherine Bergman is a high-energy, strategic thinker with a passion for opera. In the business world she has proven her technical financial and operational strengths, leading her teams to achieve success. With work experience outside of the U.S., Ms. Bergman has developed the ability to successfully operate in a multi-culture, multi-language environment. She has additional strengths in operations financial management, acquisition evaluation and integration as well as project management.
Artistically, Ms. Bergman regularly performs in the United States and abroad as a soloist in opera, oratorio, and Broadway engagements. She has sung with many opera companies including regionally the DuPage Opera, Sorg Opera, Genesis Opera, American Chamber Opera, Verismo Opera Theatre and Main Street Opera. Recent roles include Fidelio (Fidelio), Tosca (Puccini’s Tosca) and Suor Angelica (Puccini’s Suor Angelica) Her concert engagements in the U.S. and abroad include major concert works such as Beethoven’s Ah! Perfido, Ravel’s Shéhérazade, Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and Barber’s Andromache’s Farewell as well as scenes from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.