South Texas Lyric Opera, formerly know as ProCantus Lyric Opera, Inc. was founded in 2005 through the visionary leadership of Dr. Mazias de Oliveira, his wife Edinir de Oliveira and a strong and committed board of trustees who are themselves residents and working professionals from across the Rio Grande Valley. This community-based, locally funded non-profit organization, underwritten by South Texas College, is dedicated to producing the highest quality of opera, oratorios, musicals and concert performances. Since its founding, STLO has successfully produced operas such as La Traviata, La Bohème, Tosca, Rigoletto, Amahl and the Night Visitors and Cavalleria Rusticana. On the education front, during the past two years STLO have hosted matinees performances of Amahl to a crowd of more than 4,000 school children from across the Valley.
On the philanthropic front, STLO has participated in different community events and on February, 20, 2011 together with Faithful Path organization, they sponsor “Give Love to Haiti Fundraising Gala” event.