Solo Opera

Mission Statement & History

MISSION STATEMENT

Solo Opera is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit opera company and a Professional Company Member of Opera America. Founded in 2000, our mission is to educate, entertain, and enrich the community through our main stage opera productions, concerts, and outreach programs. In addition to performing traditional operatic and musical repertoire, Solo Opera also focuses on 20-21st century chamber opera, short one act operas, opera in English, and new works by Bay Area composers. We have an active diversity, equity, and inclusion policy that motivates us to work to uplift marginalized groups in our community as well as continue to grow as an organization. As part of our mission, we continue to work to diversify our board of directors, staff, audience, and those we hire. Our company also has a special interest in fostering a new generation of opera lovers and bringing opera to those who may not normally be able to attend due to physical or financial limitations. With the help of grantors and sponsors over the years, we have been able to offer many outreach programs and free tickets to youth, seniors, and disadvantaged/disabled persons/groups. We are proud to collaborate with many wonderful local businesses and other organizations to further our mission and DEI policy including local children’s choruses/dance groups, rotary and other service clubs, senior centers, retirement homes, food banks, other local arts organizations and nonprofits, etc. In 2016, Solo Opera and our Artistic Director/Founder were awarded the Arts Recognition Award from the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County for our years of dedicated service to the community. This year Solo Opera was named Best Performing Arts Company by Diablo Magazine.

HISTORY

Solo Opera has achieved wonderful success producing eighteen high quality fully staged operas at the beautiful Lesher Center for the Arts and around the Bay Area including The Telephone (2000, 2003), The Medium (2000), Amahl and the Night Visitors (2001, 2002, 2003), Riders to the Sea (2003), The Old Maid and the Thief (2004), A Hand of Bridge (2004), Bastien and Bastienna (2004), The Impresario (2004), Chip and His Dog (2014), Hansel and Gretel (2014, 2015), The Computer Kid's Magic Night (2016), The Gift of the Magi (2018), Scalia/Ginsburg (2021) and The Four Note Opera (2022). We have a special interest in fostering a new generation of opera lovers and enjoy producing shows that are accessible to children / families and involve youth in the cast. Our Storybook Opera series is a wonderful example of this. We also have an active outreach program to the community. Our traveling group, S.O.L.O. (Scenes from Opera and Light Opera), produces concerts and scenes taking opera to youth in the schools and elderly in retirement homes, as well as parade entries in the Concord Fourth of July Parade. In addition, we have collaborated the past four summers with the Orinda Rotary Club, producing a yearly free Opera in the Park at Orinda Community Park (2016-2019). This concert brings the joy of opera to approximately 500-1000 persons (of all ages) per year and introduces newcomers to the art form in an informal setting. This past Dec. 14, 2019 we also performed a public holiday concert and fashion show at Macy’s Concord called The Twelve Days of Christmas. (Please see page two of this resume for a list of all our performances over the years.)

FUTURE GOALS

A look to the future for 2023, we will present The Three Feathers, a magical opera for families and children with music by award winning composer, Lori Laitman, and libretto by local poet laureate, Dana Gioia. Based on a fairytale by the Brothers Grimm, the opera follows Princess Dora, not as a damsel in distress, but as a heroine. A magic feather leads the shy, self-doubting princess to an enchanted Underworld ruled by a giant Frog King. Here, she summons her courage and compassion to face a series of mysterious and comic adventures that change her life. Completing her quest, she saves her father’s kingdom from the plots of her selfish sisters and earns her right to the crown. We chose this opera, not only for its beautiful music and charming libretto, but for the important messages it shares about the power of women, being inclusive, and finding real treasure in life. It is our hope that our audiences will leave with a gained understanding of these truths. The opera invites us to be more inclusive, open our hearts and minds, and work to connect with those who are different than us.

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.

SOLO OPERA HISTORY OF PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCES

-OPERA-
 
The Telephone                                    Sept. 26, 2000                      Lesher Center for the Arts
The Medium                                        Sept. 26, 2000                      Lesher Center for the Arts
Amahl and the Night Visitors               Dec. 21-23, 2001                 Lesher Center for the Arts
Amahl and the Night Visitors              Dec. 20-22, 2002                  Lesher Center for the Arts
Riders to the Sea                                March 22, 2003                    Valley Center for the Performing Arts
Riders to the Sea                                May 2003                             Goat Hall Theatre SF- collaboration
The Telephone                                    Sept. 21, 2003                      Rossmoor-Peacock Theatre
Amahl and the Night Visitor                Dec. 23-25, 2003                  Lesher Center for the Arts
The Old Maid and the Thief                Aug. 27-29, 2004                  Lesher Center for the Arts
A Hand of Bridge                                Aug. 27-29, 2004                  Lesher Center for the Arts
Bastien and Bastienna                       Nov. 13, 2004                       Rossmoor-Del Valle Clubhouse  
The Impresario                                   Nov. 13, 2004                       Rossmoor-Del Valle Clubhouse
Chip and His Dog                               July 11-12, 2014                   Lesher Center for the Arts
Hansel and Gretel                              Dec. 19-20, 2014                  Del Valle Theatre
Hansel and Gretel                              Dec. 18-20, 2015                  Del Valle Theatre
The Computer Kid's Magic Night       March 4-5, 2016                   Lesher Center for the Arts
The Gift of the Magi                           Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2018            Lesher Center for the Arts
Scalia/Ginsburg                                 Sept. 10-12, 2021                 Lesher Center for the Arts
The Four Note Opera                         Sept. 11, 2022                      Rossmoor Event Center
 
-CONCERTS-
 
Opera Gala Concert                           March 23, 2001                    St. John’s Presbyterian Church
Opera Gala Concert                           March 30, 2001                    Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin
Opera Gala Concert                           April 1, 2001                         Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
Opera Gala Concert                           April 6, 2002                         Julia Morgan Center for the Arts
Opera Obsession                               March 23, 2013                    Diablo Room- Hillside Clubhouse
Opera in the Park                               July 24, 2016                        Orinda Community Park
Opera in the Park                               July 23, 2017                        Orinda Community Park
Opera in the Park                               July 22, 2018                        Orinda Community Park
Opera in the Park                               July 28, 2019                        Orinda Community Park
The Twelve Day of Christmas            Dec. 14, 2019                       Macy’s Concord Department Store
 
-OUTREACH- (PARTIAL LIST)
 
Opera Scenes Concert                       2003                                      Rossmoor Retirement Community
Hansel and Gretel (scenes)                2003                                     Touring Local Schools in CCC
Opera Around the World Concert       March 28, 2004                     Rossmoor Retirement Community
Concord Fourth of July Parade          July 4, 2018                           Performance in streets of Concord, CA
The Gift of the Magi Outreach            Dec. 2018                             Youth and Senior- Concord/Walnut Creek
Concord Fourth of July Parade          July 4, 2019                           Performance in streets of Concord, CA
Concord Fourth of July Parade          July 4, 2022                           Performance in streets of Concord, CA

3537 Bonari Court   |    Concord, CA 94519   |    (925) 685-4945   |    info@soloopera.org