Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis


Arts Administration

First Advisor

Rose Kleiman


Despite its long history, the majority of today's society no longer holds this art form in such high regard. This is especially true for American culture, where opera companies are operating amidst a tumultuous time of foreclosures. The reasons for opera's continued decline in popularity among American audiences is a hotly debated topic for music historians and administrators, but the fact remains that the general public who once regarded opera as popular entertainment now rejects it as paltry and pointless. It is too Like many contemporary American opera companies, Indianapolis Opera and easy to cite the operas themselves as the source of contempt and boredom; opera companies must begin to take blame for failing to attract an underwhelmed public. This thesis will further explore this issue, utilizing Indianapolis, Indiana as a primary example to prove the thesis statement outlined below.