Casa Italiana Opera Company is the oldest-running small opera company in Los Angeles . It was founded 43 years ago by Mario Leonetti, formerly of the New York City Opera. It is now under the artistic direction of Janet DeMay, Juilliard School alumna and graduate of the Grove School of Music. Janet, a mezzo-soprano, made her Broadway debut with John Houseman's acting company at the age of 22. She is a session singer for film & studio recordings. Under Mario's tutelage she became the hand-picked choice to run the new Casa Italiana Opera Company, which is now a California non-profit.
"Our goal is to blend the energy of new emerging talent with the seasoned skills of more mature singers, bringing opera to Los Angeles that has vitality, professionalism and musical excellence".