To foster, promote, develop, encourage, and broaden the artistic and cultural scope of the Midwestern Region of the United States by providing opera and musical theatre in its broadest sense, including the arts of drama, voice, symphony, dance and design; to provide a historically educational experience for youth and adults through artistic and accurate period costuming, set design, and stage direction of the highest artistic standards; to foster and encourage public appreciation of the cultural art of opera and musical theatre; to foster and encourage the teaching of music opera and musical theatre, the history of opera and musical theatre and music appreciation to the public and in the schools of the said Midwestern region and to encourage participation in a medium both enriching and entertaining.

Members at Large

Diana Allan

Robert Beranek

Nina Brueckner

Karen Buchanon

Alexin Maliszewski

David Sharlow



Heartland Opera Theatre is a 501(c)(3) performing arts organization established in 1998 by Terrence O’Brien. Since its creation the Heartland Opera Theatre, or HOT, has provided professional performances of opera and musical theatre to the Four-State Area. HOT has hosted performers from around the globe and toured full productions through Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. HOT strives to not only engage national and international performers, but also to showcase exceptional local artists from the community and surrounding universities.  Heartland Opera Theatre has worked in collaboration with Missouri Southern State University, Pittsburg State University, Tulsa Opera, Opera Louisiane, and other companies around the country thanks to our affiliation with OPERA America.


President - Emily Larson
Vice President - Will Mountz​​​​

Secretary - Emily Fordham 
GeTreasurer - John Atteberry
General Director- Michael Gregory