Incorporated in 1976, the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. (the Bardavon) is a New York State nonprofit corporation that owns and operates two historic theaters and the region’s premiere orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (the HVP).
The 944-seat Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie is the oldest continuously operating theater in the state, one of the oldest in the country, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Bardavon presents top-notch music, dance, theater, and classic films for diverse audiences. Every year since 1994, it has brought together artists, businesses, and government to produce special outdoor events. These activities draw thousands of residents and visitors to the region annually; provide free access to superb art; and boost community pride, urban revitalization, and cultural tourism.
Through our education program, Bardavon 1869 Opera House partners with regional schools to offer unique arts-based learning experiences for students and innovative teaching tools for educators.
The continued restoration and preservation of our historic theaters are also vital aspects of our mission.
Bardovan performances, programs, and off-site events reach nearly 80,000 residents and visitors every year. In addition to Bardavon programming, audiences also enjoy many events hosted by outside community groups in our venues. Residencies provide 3,300 regional students with workshops and assemblies in their own schools, and the Bardavon 1869 Opera House produced Celebration of Lights Parade draws over 5,000 to Downtown Poughkeepsie.