A 60-year-old former church in Indianapolis has a new lease on life as the home of an opera company.
According to a WISH-TV report, the former Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church has been renamed Basile Opera Center and has been realigned as the new permanent home of the Indianapolis Opera. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today to celebrate the venue’s new chapter – the Indianapolis Opera has been holding concerts at the former church for the past 10 years and will now use it as a community artistic space that can also be rented for special events including weddings and business meetings.
“Organizers raised over $4 million to make repairs for reuse of the old church and preserve its mid-century, modernistic architecture that is worthy of the National Register of Historic Places,” said the opera in a news release, noting the building “serves the neighborhood, city, and region from the historic and beloved former campus of the Greek Orthodox Church, once home to Greek Fest and other community-wide celebrations.”
Photo: A scene from the recent Indianapolis Opera production of “The Magic Flute”