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How will you celebrate National Opera Week 2014?

by Barb E on September 15, 2014

National Opera Week 2014

From Friday, October 24 to Sunday, November 2, you can engage your community, develop new audiences, and celebrate the diversity and excitement of opera.
Some ideas:

  • Promote scheduled performances
  • Offer free public events
  • Hold press conferences
  • Issue season announcements
  • Conduct social media campaigns

Post  news of your activities and events on the Opera Volunteers Facebook page.

For more about Opera Week, click here to visit the Opera America’s National Opera Week page.

OPERA CONFERENCE ROUNDUP

Golden Gate Nridge

What a great time we had in San Francisco – the Opera America and Opera Volunteers sessions, the great hotel, the operas (the amazing and historic San Francisco Opera and Opera Parallele) and the OVI, SFO Guild and OA personnel who made it all happen.

OVI’s Sheila McNeill did a splendid job coordinating with OA, and Susan Malott and Belinda Steyer put together the all-time most amazing silent auction and raffle.  The auction and raffle put over $8000 in OVI coffers!!The lucky winner of the raffle is Margaret Genovese, partner in a cultural consulting firm in Toronto.

Friday evening’s diner in the opera house featured the recognition of this year’s volunteer awardees and grant recipients.  Read about them all in the Grants and Awards section of this website.    Photos of all OVI’s events are posted on our facebook page.

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OVI President Rhonda Sweeney and Opera America CEO Marc Scorca

Didn’t get to attend this year’s conference?  See three Opera America sessions on YouTube, including the surprising opening session with Frederica von Stade and Jake Heggie (included below), “Achieving Civic Impact” with Alan Brown and “Re-imagining Impact: the User Experience” with planners and designers including James Buckhouse of Twitter.

 

San Diego Opera and Issues in the Field: Marc Scorca Defines the New Reality

The startling announcement in March that San Diego Opera planned to cease operations – and the ongoing effort to save the company – sparked an intense national debate about opera’s capacity to thrive in the 21st century.? [click to continue…]

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Omaha In The Fall

by Barb E on May 25, 2014

Save the date for this weekend celebration of the arts in Omaha.  The Opera Omaha Guild will welcome the OVI Board and all members on October 16 through 19.  In addition to a performance of “Rigoletto,” they’ve planned visits to an artist studio, a renowned community theater, a history museum, and much more.  Make plans to join us in unexpected Omaha. Omaha Focus Meeting Registration Form

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CONFERENCE 2014: SAN FRANCISCO

by Barb E on January 13, 2014

OA/OVI Conference logoOVI and Opera America continue their collaboration with this year’s Opera Conference 2014 in the City by the Bay.  Registrants can participate in special OVI events and a full lineup of workshops, performances and gatherings organized by Opera America.  Click on the image above to access the registration page (and special early bird rates for OVI members).view of San Francisco

 

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OPERA WEEK 2013

by Barb E on October 13, 2013

Opera week 2013

Each year, organizations and individuals throughout North America delight and engage opera fans old and new with hundreds of free events. From backstage tours to flash performances and YouTube contests, National Opera Week has activities for everyone, everywhere.  Opera America has taken the lead on this exciting annual event.  Opera Volunteers International is a member of Opera America, as are 150 professional opera companies, 300 associates and businesses, and 2,000 individuals.

How can I participate?

National Opera Week is a great chance to gain attention for your opera company, association, school or business. Events should be fun, free and open to the public and can take place anywhere — even online! In addition to the opera house, previous National Opera Week venues include libraries, parks, bars and restaurants, train stations, art museums, schools, shopping centers, and many more. View Sample Activities.

Submit your event here!
For more information:
If you have questions about National Opera Week or to discuss event ideas, contact Patricia K. Johnson at [email protected]. Read the Frequently Asked Questions.

Opera America will list National Opera Week 2013 events on its website in early October.

 

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November Meeting in Austin

by Barb E on July 27, 2013

Austin at Night

MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND MAKE RESERVATIONS
NOVEMBER 21 – 24

The weekend begins Thursday evening with a pre-opera dinner and lecture followed by the Austin Lyric Opera performance of Verdi’s Don Carlo - then,

  • a docent tour of the LBJ Library
  • dinner at Fonda San Miguel
  • Esther’s Follies performance
  • breakfast and a docent tour of the Long Center for the Performing Arts
  • Jed Cecil performance
  • a docent tour of the Texas Capitol
  • dinner at the University of Texas Etter-Harbin Alumni Center Connally Ballroom with musical performance by Claude Ducloux
  • Transportation – Thursday through Saturday night

The registration fee of $285 per person covers all events except pre-opera dinner, opera tickets and hotel.  Events are available a la carte. A full listing of events and prices can be found on the Registration Form. Be sure to check out the special discounts from Travel Spots Shots. Print the Registration Form (AUSTIN WEEKEND REGISTRATION), make your check payable to Opera Volunteers International and mail to 2400 Camino Alto  Austin, TX 78746.

To get ALO’s generous discount on Don Carlo tickets you must make reservations by telephone. Call Diane Van Hulle at Austin Lyric Opera at  512-610-7684. OVI discount code is OVI1.  Make your pre-opera dinner ($55) and lecture reservations at the time you buy your opera tickets. Don Carlo ticket prices for OVI range from $82 to $16.  View the seating plan.

Our meeting hotel is the Hyatt Regency Downtown Austin.  Make your reservations now to guarantee accommodations for the November meeting.
(OVI meetings and events are open to all members.)


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OVI TRAVELS TO ITALY

by Barb E on July 13, 2013

EXPERIENCE VERDI’S BICENTENNIAL IN ITALY

Giuseppi Verdi

Join Opera Volunteers International

for its October 2013 trip to ITALY

Parma – Milan – Mantua – Cremona – Busseto – Soragna – Fontanellato

Experience the opening night of “Don Carlo” at La Scala featuring superstar Rene Pape as King Phillip, the Bicentennial Gala Concert at the Teatro Regio, and two additional performances at the Verdi Festival in Parma/Busseto.  Visit Verdi’s birthplace in Roncole and Villa Verdi and Teatro Verdi in Busseto.

Great opera, great company, great food and much more!

Click here to download detailed information and registration information – OVI_Verdi_Brochure

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Opera Conference 2013: Vancouver

by Barb E on January 20, 2013

“OPERA OUT OF BOUNDS”

May 8-11, 2013

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

OVI And Opera America Join Forces In Vancouver

Grab your passport and bring your best ideas to share with opera support groups, volunteers and opera companies throughout North America.

The conference begins Wednesday, May 8 (OVI’s Board meets that morning) with the Opening Session and Keynote in the afternoon. Vancouver’s home opera company hosts a reception cruise around Vancouver in the evening. OVI’s Awards Dinner will follow the cruise.

Thursday and Friday will be packed with workshops and sessions presented by both Opera America and OVI. There’ll be plenty of opera: Vancouver Opera will present Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of the Soul, and you won’t want to miss OA’s New Works Sampler.

Register for the conference beginning in mid-January through the Opera America website. It has detailed information about early registration discounts for OVI members, conference schedules and other information. Click here to go the Opera America website.

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Opera Volunteers Schedules Trip to Italy

by Barb E on January 20, 2013

CELEBRATE VERDI’S BICENTENNIAL IN ITALY

Giuseppi Verdi

Join OVI on a tour of the heart of Verdi country – Parma, Milan, Mantua, Cremona, Busseto, Soragna, Fontanellato – for eight spectacular days from October 8 through October 15.

See and hear Rene Pape in Don Carlo at La Scala, attend the Bicentennial Gala Concert at the Teatro Regio and enjoy two additional performances at the Verdi Festival in Parma/Busseto.

Tour leaders Rob and Barbara Seaver will guide us through the region’s art and architecture, explore Verdi’s birthplace and sample the amazing food and wines of the region.

The reservation deadline is February 15; a non-refundable deposit will hold your spot on this intimate group tour.

Click here to download the pdf of the trip brochure with details of the tour and reservation information. Ann Meschery can answer questions via the contact form or by phone (917-880-7130).

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Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season

by Barb E on November 30, 2012

Opera Volunteers International

wishes you a season filled with music and the of joy of sharing

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Board Meeting in New Orleans

by Barb E on September 28, 2012

Board Meeting In New Orleans

November 16-18

Join the Opera Volunteers International Board of Directors for the weekend of November 16-18, 2012. Our meeting takes place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the French Quarter. After checking in to our meeting hotel, join us on Friday, November 16th, as we start the fun with an evening at the Palm Court Cafe to dine and listen to a great New Orleans Jazz combo (not included in registration fee).

Saturday morning, the meeting will begin early after a continental breakfast, and continue until our lunch at noon. We may work through lunch, but everyone will want to allow time for a walk around shops in the Quarter before our dinner at Galatoire’s famous restaurant.

OVI dinner

On Sunday, we reconvene for a Jazz Brunch at The Court of the Two Sisters. Our buffet will conclude in time for us to head over to the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts to enjoy a pre-opera tour of the house where we will meet Executive Director Timothy Todd Simmons who will tell us more about opera in New Orleans and about their anniversary season. The tour will be followed by a matinee performance by New Orleans Opera of The Barber of Seville.

Jazz Brunch at the Court of the Two Sisters

Hotel Reservations are made by calling the Royal Sonesta New Orleans Hotel at 504-586-0300. Deadline for our group rate discount is October 15, 2012. You must contact the Hotel at least thirty (30) days prior to your arrival date and identify yourself as part of Opera Volunteers International, let them know your request for the type of room. The rate for Friday, 11/16, and Saturday, 11/17, is $209.00 and for Sunday November 18, 2012 the rate is $149. The preceding Thursday and following Monday reservations may be obtained at the $149 rate. There is a $30.00 charge for each additional person. Room rates quoted above are non-commissionable, net rates, subject to tax. Currently tax is 13%; occupancy tax $2.00 per room per night.

New Orleans Opera Tickets: For tickets to The Barber of Seville performance on November 18, 2012, at New Orleans Opera, please call the box office at 504-529-3000 or 1-800-881-4459. Box office hours are 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

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