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 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. (Tax # 68-0454224)
Solo Opera has achieved wonderful success producing sixteen high quality 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) and The Gift of the Magi (2018). We here at Solo Opera 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 performs at the Concord 4th of July Parade and our local Macy’s Department Store for The Twelve Days of Christmas event. In addition, we have collaborated the past four summers (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) with the Orinda Rotary Club, producing a yearly free Opera in the Park at Orinda Community Park. This concert brings the joy of opera to many seniors and introduces newcomers to the art form in an informal setting. We are also proud to announce that Solo Opera and Artistic Director, Sylvia Amorino, were awarded the 2016 Arts Recognition Award from the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County.
A look to the future brings a full opera for September 10 and 12, 2021 (Lesher Center for the Arts), Scalia/Ginsburg, a one-hour comedy in English by Derrick Wang, about the unlikely bi-partisan friendship between Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia (conservative) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (liberal).
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.