The Opera Project
The Opera Project is a classical singers’ forum that supports singers in the community by offering performance opportunities for professionals, students, and emerging artists alike. A charitable non-profit organization, The Opera Project raised money during its first season for St. Andrew’s Church, Lambertville, New Jersey, to restore the historic Hook and Hastings organ. During the second year, The Opera Project raised money for Doctors Without Borders. In addition to the regular concerts of its third season, The Opera Project expanded its horizons with several concerts to benefit local benevolent organizations, including the Briteside Adult Day Center in Flemington, New Jersey.
A Letter from the Director
As the 2013-2014 concert season begins, I look back at what the last season held and forward to what the coming season holds in store for our company of singers. The Opera Project presented seven concerts last year, including our concert of American Opera, which featured portions of The Ballad of Baby Doe by Douglas Moore. Who could forget our three singer Tosca, with several character voices added either off stage, or from the piano, by our accomplished accompanist, Richard McIntyre?
The Opera Project's members were performing all over the tri-state region last year, with other opera companies and symphony orchestras, in Europe as well as America. That is our mission, to support classical singing and the talented and hard working artists who devote their lives to the pursuit of their dreams of a career doing what they love. One of them is our own Clayton Mathews, who starred in a rarely performed opera by George Geshwin, Blue Monday, presented by On Site Opera and the Harlem Opera Theater at the Cotton Club in Harlem in June of 2013. (Look for Clayton's interview with a BBC reporter on YouTube.)
We are also proud of the achievements of The Wing for Vocal Development last season. Wing Directors Alex Garrido and Steven Snow presented three Sunday afternoon concerts at the Hunterdon County Library along with two showcase concerts at the Stockton Presbyterian Church. The Wing for Vocal Development, for local high school and developing singers, is a satellite program of The Opera Project.
The Opera Project and The Wing for Vocal Development are unique in our area; together we offer performance opportunities for classical singers ranging from beginning students through emerging and professional artists, free of charge to the participants. We are a charitable 501 nonprofit organization whose funding comes solely from ticket sales and private donations.
Many of you may be aware of the loss of Deborah Maher, one of our founding members and our friend. Ironically, in the true fashion of the theater, she passed away on the day of the last performance of our season in June of this year. So, in her honor, our first concert this year will be presented in October at the Virginia Napurano Cultural Arts Center. The concert, Deborah Remembered, will be broadcast live on WDVR 89.7 and 91.9 and is dedicated to the memory of Deborah Maher. In November, we will be in Lambertville at the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church for our Homecoming Concert. In January of the new year, we will hold a cocktails and donations concert at the Prallsville Mills in Stockton for all those interested in donating or becoming sponsors of the Opera Project. In February, we will be singing in an opera and winetasting event at the Sand Castle Winery in Bucks County. March finds us back at St. Andrew's for an evening of opera scenes and duets. In April and May, the company returns to be Artists-in-Residence at The Prallsville Mills in Stockton. The Birthday Concert will be held as usual in May, at which time the Deborah Maher Award will be presented to one of our singers to help with auditioning expenses or to the singer who has contributed the most to our company over the last season.