Founded in 1970 by noted scholar, director, and performer Richard Sheldon, Opera A La Carte is dedicated to upholding the tradition and authenticity of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan as they were originally intended to be produced.

The company keeps the Gilbert and Sullivan legacy alive through educational programs and public performance.  School shows and outreach are a cornerstone value of Opera A La Carte, as the company educates the audiences of tomorrow in the specific nuances of Victorian-era music and theatre. The troupe also tours throughout the year, performing to enthusiastic audiences in both big cities and small towns throughout the United States.