The American Center for Puccini Studies is the only professional opera company in Montgomery County, Maryland and specializes in presenting rare and lesser-known works of Giacomo Puccini to the music-loving public. Founded in 2004 by one of the world’s leading Puccini artists and scholars, Dr. Harry N. Dunstan, the company enjoys a varied and popular performance history. No other opera company in the world explores Puccini's music with such enthusiasm and scholarship. The ACPS is a cross-cultural collective which strives to present the social, spiritual, and musical relevance of these operatic works through innovative performances and active educational programs. The American Center for Puccini Studies approaches these works with passion and a welcome appreciation of their historical context and is heroically fighting to preserve not only an authentic performing tradition but the universal humanity of Puccini’s operas, as well.