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Press Released: 27 Oct 2017

OPERA America Announces National Opera Week 2017

Friday, October 27 – Sunday, November 5

Denyce Graves, Honorary Chair, Encourages Everyone to Experience Opera

Opera Advocacy Day 2017: Wednesday, November 1

Opera companies, schools and organizations across North America will celebrate the ninth annual National Opera Week (operaamerica.org/OperaWeek) from Friday, October 27 through Sunday, November 5, 2017, with nearly 200 opera activities in their communities. Part of National Opera Week for the second year, Opera Advocacy Day (November 1) empowers individuals to encourage legislation to support the arts. National Opera Week and Opera Advocacy Day are coordinated by OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation’s leading champion for American opera.

OPERA America is delighted to announce that renowned opera singer Denyce Graves is serving as the Honorary Chair of National Opera Week 2017, encouraging audiences to explore opera. “I tell people all the time to just go and try the opera, and after they do, they come back to me and say, ‘I had no idea that this is what the opera is — I want to come again and again!’” says Ms. Graves. “It’s really a culmination of all the art forms, and that’s what really makes it so great,” she continued.

Ms. Graves welcomes audiences to National Opera Week in a video message, viewable at operaamerica.org/OperaWeek and on the organization’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/OPERAAmerica).

National Opera Week celebrates the vibrancy of opera in America today and conveys the excitement and importance of opera to a national and international audience. The strength and diversity of established opera companies, community opera ensembles, opera training programs and individual opera artists across North America will be on display through the wide array of events offered. These activities include performances, family activities, lectures, social events, tours, trivia contests and announcements of year-round community impact.

“Opera is thriving across the United States and Canada,” stated OPERA America President/CEO Marc A. Scorca. “Cities large and small are home to vibrant opera organizations that serve the public inside the opera house with resonant productions and in the community with meaningful relationships, performances in alternative venues, events for families and inspiring introductions to the magic of the art form. National Opera Week demonstrates and celebrates the diversity of our art form today that promises an exciting future for opera across the country.”

On Wednesday, November 1, Opera Advocacy Day provides an opportunity for individuals who work in or love opera to urge federal, state and local lawmakers to support arts education, the cultural agencies and other policies and legislation that sustain opera and the performing arts. Facts, talking points and other resources are available on the National Opera Week website (operaamerica.org/OperaWeek) and through the Performing Arts Alliance (theperformingartsalliance.org), of which OPERA America is a founding member.

“Nothing makes a bigger difference than when policymakers hear from their constituents,” stated Brandon Gryde, director of government affairs at OPERA America. “Whether the issue most important to you is arts education in our schools, funding for the National Endowment for the Arts or tax policies for nonprofits, change won’t happen if we don’t raise our voices. Opera Advocacy Day is a great opportunity for opera leaders, artists and lovers of the art form to share how opera and the performing arts make our communities healthier and more vibrant.”

Descriptions of select National Opera Week activities and lists of participating organizations and event locations may be found below.

Join the National Opera Week conversation on social media with #OperaWeek.

Select Activities

Austin Opera: Opera Video Contest (October 27 – November 5)
Everyone is invited to celebrate Opera Week and Austin Opera’s upcoming production of Bizet’s Carmen by creating a video that showcases a creative version of one of that opera’s classic melodies. Prizes will be awarded to the most inventive submissions. (online/Austin, TX)

Cantanti Project: Magic & Mayhem (October 27)
Attendees in costume will experience famous opera scenes, musical theater, spooky songs and jaw-dropping singing, followed by a dance party with rising pop sensation Petra Jarrar. (Brooklyn, NY)

Knoxville Opera & Zoo Knoxville: KO at BOO! at the Zoo (October 27)
Join the revelry at Knoxville's largest Halloween event in safe and not-too-scary style at Zoo Knoxville. Knoxville Opera sings their sirens' song as families trick-or-treat along the BOO! Trail. (Knoxville, TN)

Minnesota Opera & Tech Tools for the Trades: Project Opera: Tech Tools (October 30)
This introductory workshop teaches teens the principles of costume design. Participants will work with master craftsmen to explore the creative process of developing a costume design for an opera. (Minneapolis, MN)

Ohio State University: Ramala: An American "Indianist" Opera (November 1)
Charles Wakefield Cadman’s unperformed 1939 opera gets a special lecture/concert presentation when Ohio State musicologist Katie Graber presents her research into this work, which is based on traditional Native American melodies. (Columbus, OH)

Opera Maine: Opera Chorus Sing-Along (November 3)
Singers of all experience levels are warmly invited to join Opera Maine in singing some of opera's most beloved choruses. (Portland, ME)

Virginia Opera & Hardywood Park Craft Brewery: Tap into Virginia Opera! (November 2)
Savor Hardywood's legendary selection of craft brews accompanied by a performance featuring Virginia Opera's Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists. (Richmond, VA)

Opera Tampa: Straz LIVE! in the Park (November 5)
This family-friendly concert in Downtown Tampa features Opera Tampa singers and other artists performing popular arias and Broadway tunes.

Boston Lyric Opera & Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: The Creators of Burke & Hare Talk New Opera (November 5)
WBUR Arts Reporter Andrea Shea sits down with composer Julian Grant and librettist Mark Campbell to discuss their inspirations, writing process, and the vibrancy and urgency of opera in the 21st century. (Boston, MA)

Activities in 37 States, Districts & Provinces
British Columbia
District of Columbia
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
South Carolina
South Dakota

Additional activities take place on the radio and online.
215 National Opera Week Partners

Academy of Vocal Arts

Mayor Steve Adler (Austin, TX)

Alamo City Opera

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

American Lyric Theater

American-Swedish Institute

Amici-Young Friends of Opera Birmingham

Amore Opera

ANA Trio

Anchorage Downtown Partnership

Anchorage Opera

Annapolis Opera

Arizona Opera

Arizona State University

Daniel Armstrong

Ars Nova Musicians Chamber Orchestra

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida

ASU Chamber Singers

The Atlanta Opera

Austin Opera

City of Aventura

Ball in Square Films

Binghamton Veterans Center

Boston Conservatory

Boston Lyric Opera

Boston Opera Collaborative

Broome County Arts Council

Broome County Veterans Services Agency

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Buffalo Suzuki Strings

Kristen Cambell, soprano

Canadian Opera Company

Canisius College

Cantanti Project

Carnegie Mellon University School of Music

Changing Hands Bookstore

Charlottesville Opera

Chicago College of Performing Arts

Chicago Opera Theater

Cirque de la Symphonie

City of San Antonio City Center

Clear Path for Veterans

Cleveland Institute of Music

Cleveland Opera

Cleveland Opera Theater

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Curtis Institute of Music

The Dallas Opera

Detroit Public Library

Detroit Tigers

Sam Donaldson

Dorothy Stang Popular Education Adult High School

DZINE Gallery

E. C. Schirmer

Eastman Opera

ECS Publishing Group

Edmonton Opera

Elements Theatre Company

Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund

Fargo-Moorhead Opera

First Coast Opera

Fitz&Startz Productions

Florida Grand Opera

Fredonia Chamber Choir

Fredonia College Choir

Fredonia School of Music

Fredonia Women's Choir

Fresh Squeezed Opera


Freudig Singers of Western NY

The Friends of Vienna

G. Schirmer Inc./ AMP

Glaxy Music

Gloriae Dei Cantores

City of Grand Forks

Denyce Graves

Guerilla Opera

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Harmonia Chamber Singers

Hawaii Opera Theatre

Heartbeat Opera

Herberger Theater Center

Matt Hidalgo, tenor

Holiday Inn Express and Suites of Buffalo, NY

Houston Grand Opera

Howard University Opera Theater Workshop

Indianapolis Opera

Indie Opera Podcast

The Kennedy Center

Kentucky Opera

Kerr Cultural Center

KLUV Radio

Klyde Warren Park

Knoxville Opera

LA Opera

Abigail Levis

Locks of Love

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Madison Opera

Magic City Opera

Magnolia Bakery

Manhattan School of Music

Marble City Opera

Martina Arroyo Foundation

The Memory Maker Project

Meow Wolf

Merola Opera Program

The Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera Guild

Mexican Cultural Institute (San Antonio, TX)

Miami Children's Chorus

Miami Lyric Opera

Michigan Opera Theatre

Minnesota Opera

Monkey See, Monkey Do…Children’s BookstoreMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston

Music Academy of Western NY

Music at the Covenant

Music Sales Classical

National Sawdust

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

New York Opera Alliance

Sarah Newick

The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center

Nickel City Opera

Niloufar Talebi Projects

North Dakota-Manitoba District, Met Opera Auditions

Oberlin College Conservatory

Oberlin in Italy

The Ohio State University

Megan O'Leary, mezzo-soprano

The Olympia Theater

Omaha Public Library

OPERA America

Opera at USC

Opera Atelier (ON)

The Opera Atelier (FL)

Opera Birmingham

Opera Box Score

Opera Buffs (CA)

Opera Buffs of Western New York

Opera Carolina

Opera Colorado

Opéra de Québec

The Opera Guild of Southern Arizona

Opera Idaho

Opera in Concert

Opera Institute at American University

Opera Ithaca

Opera Lafayette

Opera Maine

Opera Memphis

Opera Naples

Opera Omaha

Opera on the James

Opera Parallèle

Opera Philadelphia

Opera Pomme Rouge

Opera Roanoke

OPERA San Antonio

Opera Saratoga

Opera Southwest

Opera Tampa

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

OperaRox Productions

The Other Good Guys Theatre Company

Pacific Opera Project

Pacific Opera Victoria

Painting with a Twist

Pensacola Opera

Piedmont Opera

Pittsburgh Opera

Portland Opera

Regina Opera Company

Resonanz Opera

Rhymes with Opera

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Roosevelt University

The Rosemary and Rodger Enrico Foundation

Brenton Ryan

San Francisco Opera

The Santa Fe Opera

Sarasota Opera

Savannah VOICE Festival

Seattle Opera

Sheldon Theater

Silken Audio

SOFA, University of North Dakota Student Government

Soundstreams Canada

Southern Tier Veterans Support Group

St. Mark's United Methodist Church (Sacramento, CA)

St. Petersburg Opera Company

Rachel Sterrenberg

Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Tech Tools for the Trades

Third Eye Theatre Ensemble

Hao Jiang Tian

Toronto Operetta Theatre

Tri-Cities Opera

Tutor Doctor

Twin Village Music

University of North Dakota SNATS Chapter

University of South Dakota Opera

Dr. Liana Valente

Virginia Opera


Washington National Opera


Barry A. Weinstein, Amherst Supervisor

WHAS11 Great Day Live


The Young Voices of The Santa Fe Opera

Young Woman's Choral Projects of San Francisco

Zoo Knoxville



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