The move, which coincides with Opera Columbus's 25th anniversary season, will provide the company with access to more wing space, allowing more flexibility in renting sets, and a bigger orchestra pit, with the capacity for the larger ensembles called for in 19th-century opera scores. The Mershon also boasts a 1957 pipe organ.
"Opera Columbus is moving to a venue that is, hands down, the best place for opera in Central Ohio," general director Philip Dobard said in a statement. "As a result, Columbus audiences will experience opera on a grander scale than has been possible."
Opera Columbus currently performs in the Southern Theatre, a 19th-century theater and one-time movie house that was renovated and reopened in 1998.