The International Brazilian Opera Company (IBOC) is a New York-based non-profit (501c3) organization with a mission to support the creation of a new operatic repertoire that combines ideas from Brazilian and international artists while providing an educational structure for emerging talent. 

IBOC is developing six operas that tell stories from people traditionally in the margins, including Nina Smart’s Wildflower, the opera, with composer Joao MacDowell, based on Smart’s true-life story as a Romanian girl in Africa. The work intends to bring Smart’s dramatic tale of FGM to the stage and open space for education and dialogue on the topic. 

A leader in cultivating underrepresented voices in opera, IBOC supports communities at risk and immigrant artists. A group of professionals of Latinx, African-American, and Jewish origins founded IBOC. These artists and producers united to create opportunities for collaboration in a cross-cultural environment. As a result, we are expanding the reach of contributions to cultures not traditionally embraced by opera. We broaden the genre and create a wider audience. In addition, we are building an alternative pipeline for creators: a path that is pregnant with innovation, excitement, and emotional impact. 

Diversity is embedded in our DNA.

The three pillars of our mission:

 – Creation of new repertoire

 – International collaboration

 – The creation of an educational structure to embrace emerging artists

We believe that opera is the art-form of the future. It can be an intermedia event that encompasses cutting-edge technology in the service of a ritual of human connection. It unites all art forms, providing an experience that has no parallel. We understand opera as a community-building effort.

The IBOC Artist’s Career Development Program creates work opportunities, media exposure, and cross-cultural collaboration. IBOC will act as a Non-Exclusive International Agent for selected artists and expose new names to the global market. Artists in the program will participate in performances designed to further their artistic development and present them to an international audience. They continue to hone their creative, interpretive, and technical skills as they grow into successful careers in the art.

To donate, sponsor or support the creation of Wildflower the opera, don’t hesitate to get in touch with athena@brazilianopera.com.


Join IBOC for our 2021 Online Gala on December 16th, 7-8pm EST! Tickets: www.iboc.nyc