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Lamplighters Music Theatre in San Francisco organized a free outdoor music festival to introduce residents to eight local arts organizations
Lamplighters Music Theatre's free outdoor music festival to introduce residents to local arts organizations (photo: Joe Giammarco, Paul Zawilksi, Lawrence Dillon)
Article Published: 24 Jan 2022

The Gift of Giving

When COVID-19 pandemic restrictions hit in March 2020 and opera companies could no longer welcome large groups into their spaces, most acted as other businesses did: They found ways to continue serving the people who depended on them. At Lamplighters Music Theatre in San Francisco, that initially meant providing both free and reduced-price digital content. In April, the company broadcast its first livestream. In July, its first recording from its archives was shared with audiences. These were so popular that the company started doing a monthly broadcast, sometimes for free and sometimes on a “pay what you can” basis.

This article was published in the Winter 2022 issue of Opera America Magazine.

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