Founded in 2000, by Artistic Director Sylvia Amorino, Solo Opera is a 501(c)(3) non-profit chamber opera company. Open from 2000-2005, the company ran for five years, but because of a slow economy, had to stop producing for awhile. We reopened awhile later and regained our non-profit status on September 24, 2012 maintaining the same nonprofit EIN. During our first five years, we achieved wonderful success producing several high quality operas at the beautiful Lesher Center for the Arts and around the Bay Area: The Telephone (2000), The Medium (2000), Amahl and the Night Visitors (2001) (2002) (2003) , Riders to the Sea (2003), and a double bill of operas The Old Maid and the Thief (2004) and A Hand of Bridge (2004). In addition, through our traveling outreach program S.O.L.O. (Scenes from Opera and Light Opera) we produced concerts, scenes, and full operas including Menotti’s The Telephone (2003) and Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienna (2004) and The Impresario (2004). We also began a very rewarding outreach program to the youth (Hansel and Gretel scene) and concerts to seniors of our community.
After reopening in 2012, we began with a concert entitled Opera Obsession which featured nine professional Bay Area singers. Then in 2013 we began work on our STORYBOOK OPERA series for famliy and children to help foster a new generation of opera lovers. The 2014 season featured two operas, Chip and His Dog in July and Hansel and Gretel in December. For our 2015-2016 season we continued our successful STORYBOOK OPERA and produced the shows, Hansel and Gretel again in Dec. 2015 and The Computer Kid's Magic Night March 2016. 2015 also marked the beginning of our new group entitled Crescendo! which is a club whose mission is to help grow a new generation of opera lovers. The club is open to all ages with an emphais on youth and young adults. For our first outing, we enjoyed a fieldtrip to SFO's "Sweeney Todd" in early Fall. Now a look to the future for our company brings a concert on July 24, 2016 -our first Opera in the Park sponsored by the Orinda Rotary Club. We are now also in the fundraising stage for 2017 with a goal of producing David Conte's beautiful opera The Gift of the Magi, based on the O.Henry short story. More to come on this venture! Please donate today to help us make our dreams a reality! We thank you for your support of Solo Opera!
- The primary purpose for which this non-profit corporation is being formed is to enrich, entertain, and educate the public in opera, musicals, and other related art forms. Solo Opera will be a performing company producing opera (and other related art forms) of the highest quality possible within its financial capabilities. At the same time it will try to remain affordable and accessible to the public. In addition to performing traditional operatic repertoire, Solo Opera will also be focusing on 20th-21st century chamber opera, short one act operas, opera in English, and new works by Bay Area composers. We have a special interest in fostering a new generation of opera lovers and enjoy producing operas that are accessible to children and families and involve children in the cast.
- Solo Opera will also be educating the public by offering an opera scenes workshop entitled S.O.L.O. (Scenes from Opera and Light Opera.) This program will give less experienced singers, as well as professionals, the opportunity to perform semi-staged/costumed scenes from opera, light opera, and musicals in a non-threatening workshop environment. This group will also be considered the community outreach section of the company which will travel to schools, senior centers, etc. bringing opera to those who may not be able to come to the theater to enjoy the art form.
- In addition, Solo Opera will periodically be producing workshops, collaborations with other arts and community groups, events, recitals, galas, dinner shows, or other concerts of similar nature whenever such activities would raise funds or enhance its capabilities or reputation. These concerts will enlighten and educate the public by showcasing a variety of different music and singers (e.g. highlights from previous or upcoming shows, operatic arias, duets, scenes, etc.)
Solo Opera maintains a nondiscrimination policy that ensures that we do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, disability, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, or sexual orientation/ gender identity/expression. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for our board members, staff, volunteers, contractors, performers, audience, and all those in the community we serve.