Harlem Lyric Opera Company, initiated in 1997 as a joint undertaking by Dr. Gregory Hopkins and Arturo Carvajal, has been dedicated for almost two decades to present to local and foreign audiences music derived from the African American experience. Its repertoire goes from operas such as Porgy and Bess, to Negro Spirituals and Gospel music.

These music theater presentations got their debut in 1998 when the prestigious organization Festivales Musicales de Buenos Aires under the late Ms. Leonor Luro Anchorena invited a choir from Harlem, New York, under the direction of Gregory Hopkins to be part of its annual subscribers’ program. Besides Buenos Aires, Argentina, this first tour included additional stops such as Montevideo, Uruguay, (Centro Cultural de Musica),  Cordoba in Argentina, Fundacion Pro Arte, and Santiago de Chile.

The group was reinvited the following year by Festivales Musicales and other host organizations, and subsequent invitations to tour Latin America on yearly basis followed. In 2007 one of our groups was invited to Europe by Umbria Jazz. This tour was again followed by invitations by other prestigious European jazz festivals. (Please see our list of past and current engagements). Their second visit to Umbria Jazz on 2010 was partially funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation thru its USArtists International Program.

Harlem Lyric Opera Company presentations feature concerts by different formations of vocal artists accompanied by rhythm section, swing band or symphony orchestra. For further information please visit Music Groups.

Excerpts from press reviews
"The magic of Gospel enchants la Rupe (the rock of Orvieto). The traditional appointment with the black voices excites and convinces." Il Messagero, Italy, January 2nd, 2012
"To close 5 days of music, yesterday evening, at Il Duomo (of Orvieto) the traditional Mass for Peace, was marked this year by the inspiring gospel songs of the Harlem Jubilee Singers, conducted by Gregory Hopkins, who three years ago performed in Orvieto an acclaimed presentation of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts as part of the Umbria Jazz Festival." Corriere Dell’Umbria, Italy, January 2nd, 2012
"Moving African American sounds transcended at the Ruins of Huanchaca. The Harlem Opera Choir and the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Concepcion gave an unique and remarkable show. The Best Gospel in the world marveled Antofagasta. The Harlem Opera Choir made an impression by the vocal quality of its singers." El Mercurio, Antofagasta, Chile, November 10th, 2012
"Gregory Hopkins and The Harlem Jubilee Singers turned the event into a gala thru their display of talent, at the Plaza Alonso Vidal." El Imparcial, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, May 26, 2012
"Gospel Music takes Iquique by storm. The Harlem Opera Choir delighted the local community." La Estrella de Iquique, Chile, November 12th, 2012
"EXTRAORDINARY VOICES. The choir from New York gave one of the best evening performances in the history of the festival." Expreso, Mexico, May 27th, 2012
"Harlem Opera: mesmerizing." Diario de Cuyo, September 10th, 2012
"Throughout the entire concert, each of the choir members turned into a soloist, with a voice of overwhelming virtuosity. “I had a chance to listen to them in Harlem, a week after Obama’s victory- recalls Jean-Paul Boutellier- it was fabulous. It is one of the finest American choirs these days." Jean-Luc Coppi, Le Dauphine Liberere, Vienne, July 29th, 2009
"I should better talk about this group of 16 members, not as much as a choir, but as a formidable ensemble of soloist voices, accompanied by bass, piano and drums, though there also performed a capella songs, as in the origins of their music tradition." P. Gutierrez, El Alfeizar, Guanajuato, Mexico, October 14th, 2008
"The San Martin Theater enjoyed a religious feast thru the fantastic accords of Gospel Music. The African American choir performed twice to full houses, and had a great impact." Juan Pablo Sanchez Noli, La Gaceta, Tucuman, 2005
"With Hopkins and his choir we enjoyed again the best of Gospel Music." Ricardo Salton, Ambito Financiero, Buenos Aires, 2003
"A mix choir from a church on Convent Avenue, Harlem (New York), made vibrate the Luna Park Stadium for three nights in a row. Their religious songs provoked indescribable emotions in the audiences." Jorge Aulicino, Clarin, Buenos Aires, 2001
"The San Martin Theater enjoyed a religious feast thru the fantastic accords of Gospel Music. The African American choir is awesome." Juan Sánchez, La Gaceta, Rosario, 2005
"Blue Monday” is well worth encountering when enacted by a cast and crew as good as those mustered here. Gregory Hopkins, Harlem Opera Theater’s artistic director, did an outstanding job of conducting widely dispersed performers, including a string quartet from the Harlem Chamber Players." Steve Smith, New York Times, June 19, 2013