National Endowment for the Arts and OPERA America Announce National Opera Week
November 13 – 22, 2009
Opera has become such a vital part of the American musical fabric, that over 90 companies/organizations from Alaska to Texas, from New York to Los Angeles, and everywhere in between (32 states to be exact/see attachment for full list), will be participating in and celebrating the first ever National Opera Week from November 13-22, 2009. National Opera Week is organized by OPERA America, the national service organization for opera (www.operaamerica.org/now), with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.
National Opera Week will officially be launched with the presentation of the 2009 NEA Opera Honors to Marilyn Horne, John Adams, Frank Corsaro, Lotfi Mansouri and Julius Rudel on November 14 at the Harman Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. (www.arts.gov/honors/opera).
The National Opera Week celebration will reach from coast to coast with over 90 opera companies from 32 states (plus the District of Columbia). These opera companies will offer a range of free programs for the public that demonstrate the allure and accessibility of this most multi-media of the arts and will be accessible to both opera lovers and newcomers to the art form. These events, showcasing the strength and diversity of established companies, community opera ensembles and opera training programs, will range from open houses, lectures/demonstrations and community performances to the presentation of the nation’s highest award in the field, the NEA Opera Honors. National Opera Week has been created to bring the inventiveness and excitement of opera to a broader national audience (see attachment for examples).
Other noteworthy events of National Opera Week include in New York City the fifth annual Opera News Awards on November 19; the November 22 annual Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala, showcasing some of today’s most promising young singers; the New York City Opera dedicating all performances from November 14-22 to National Opera Week, with special tributes to Julius Rudel and Frank Corsaro; and the Metropolitan Opera providing special free access to Met performances available on Met Player, the company’s new online streaming service, during National Opera Week.
• For NEA Opera Honors: M.L. Falcone, Public Relations 212-580-4302
• For NEA: Victoria Hutter 202-682-5692
• For OPERA America: Patricia Kiernan Johnson 212-796-8620, ext. 217
Washington National Opera (Washington, DC)
“Opera in All 8 Wards” – WNO’s weeklong initiative to present free performance and enrichment activities in all eight wards of Washington, DC. Events will include free public performances by WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists; educational presentations for young people in DC’s libraries; bilingual in-school presentations and more.
Houston Grand Opera (Houston, TX)
Declaration of Opera Week will take place at Lohengrin curtain on November 13, announcing a week’s worth of initiatives which include free lobby viewing of the 2009 NEA Opera Honors video tributes and a display from the archives documenting the activities of the honorees at the Houston Grand Opera; national radio broadcasts; an instrument petting zoo (incorporating orchestra musicians and staff members interfacing with the public); pre-performance talks and talk backs.
Chicago Opera Theater (Chicago, IL): “Flash” Opera Performances
Chicago Opera Theater will present “flash” performances of popular opera favorites featuring their Young Artists all over the city, including Millennium Park, Union Station and various “L” stops. Chicago Opera Theater will use Twitter and YouTube to promote the locations and times of the “flash” performances.
New Orleans Opera (New Orleans, LA)
The New Orleans public is invited to participate in a YouTube contest by sending in a video of their best opera interpretations (can sing, tell a story, animate a story – just be creative) for a chance to win free opera tickets; a contest to win free tickets by submitting an original work of opera related art to be judged by two curators from the new Orleans Museum of Art; partnering with a local gallery for a photography show of New Orleans Opera productions since Hurricane Katrina; opera night at the Hornets game for ticket giveaway and National Anthem performance by the New Orleans Opera.
Opera San José (San José, CA): Opera in a Box
A public presentation of a special opera experience for K-12 students at the public library. With the help of a trunk filled with costumes, four resident artists and a pianist will dispel all the preconceived notions that seem to make opera so foreign to today’s iPod generation. From Rossini’s The Barber of Seville to Bizet’s Carmen, OSJ’s talented singers will present an immensely entertaining lesson on the art form, with a little “Hannah Montana” style thrown in for good measure.
Opera Boston (Boston, MA): Opera Boston Underground
Opera Boston Underground is a cabaret series offered in an informal bar setting. The eclectic opera program is produced and presented by young singers for a young professional and student audience.
Opera on the James (Lynchburg, VA): Free Student Admission for Food Donation
In response to the theme of hunger in Hansel and Gretel and in support of our community, Opera on the James will give a free student ticket for Hansel and Gretel to children 12 and under who bring a nonperishable food item to the Opera office in advance or to the E.C. Glass box office before the performance.
Tri-Cities Opera (Binghamton, NY): Tri-Cities Opera Center Open House
The company will feature tours of costume and scenery shops, an open rehearsal of Hansel and Gretel, and an opera masterclass with Resident Artists in Training.
University of Kentucky Opera Theater (Lexington, KY)
The University of Kentucky Opera Theater will present several “spontaneous” events featuring opera scenes around town and on campus, also during lunch hours at the student center.
|Activities in 33 States
District of Columbia (2)
New Hampshire (1)
New Mexico (1)
|New York (22)
North Carolina (2)
|93 National Opera Week Partners
The Academy of Vocal Arts
American Lyric Theater
American Opera Projects
Asheville Lyric Opera
The Atlanta Opera
Austin Lyric Opera
Boston Lyric Opera
Center for Contemporary Opera
Central City Opera
Chicago Opera Theater
The Collegiate Chorale
The Crane Opera Ensemble at SUNY, Potsdam
Curtis Institute of Music
da Corneto Opera
Dayton Opera Association
El Paso Opera
Eastman Opera Theatre
Encompass New Opera Theatre
Family Opera Initiative/Ardea Arts
Florentine Opera Company
Florida Grand Opera
Fort Worth Opera
Georgia State University School of Music
Golden Gate Opera
Gotham Chamber Opera
Houston Grand Opera
The Juilliard School
Los Angeles Opera
Loveland Opera Theatre
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Manhattan School of Music
The Martina Arroyo Foundation
Maryland Opera Studio: UMD, College Park
Metropolitan Opera Guild
The Metropolitan Opera
Michigan Opera Theatre
The Minnesota Opera
Mississippi Opera Association
Muddy River Opera Company
New Orleans Opera Association
New York City Opera
Opera Company of Philadelphia
Opera Francais de New York
Opera in the Heights
Opera in the Ozarks
Opera on Tap
Opera on the James
Opera San Jose
Opera Santa Barbara
Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Palm Beach Opera
San Antonio Opera
San Diego Opera Association
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
The Santa Fe Opera
Texas Christian Univ. School of Music
Townsend Opera Players
Tri-Cities Opera Company
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Kentucky Opera Theatre
University of Southern California
University of the Pacific
Richard Wagner Society of New York
Washington Concert Opera
Washington National Opera
West Bay Opera Association, Inc.
Wichita State University Opera Theatre
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