National Opera Week begins tomorrow, November 13th. From the Opera America website:
National Opera Week will celebrate the vitality of opera in America as a contemporary cultural expression. The strength and diversity of established opera companies, community opera ensembles and opera training programs across the United States will be shared through a variety of free and accessible activities for opera lovers and newcomers to the art form. Launched with the presentation of the 2009 NEA Opera Honors in Washington, D.C., the celebration will reach from coast to coast as opera companies offer a range of free programs for the public that demonstrate the allure and accessibility of this most multi-media of the arts.
Click on their map or choose a state from the pull down menu to see all of the events in your neighorhood. What I found most intriguing was the list of opera companies and groups right here in my own back yard!
American Lyric Theater (New York, NY) www.altnyc.org
Center for Contemporary Opera (New York, NY) www.conopera.org
The Collegiate Chorale (New York, NY) www.collegiatechorale.org
Gotham Chamber Opera (New York, NY) www.gothamchamberopera.com
The Juilliard School (New York, NY) www.juilliard.edu
The Martina Arroyo Foundation (New York, NY) www.martinaarroyofoundation.org
The Metropolitan Opera (New York, NY) www.metoperafamily.org/metopera
New York City Opera (New York, NY) www.nycopera.com/
Music-Theatre Group (New York, NY) www.musictheatregroup.org
Opéra Français de New York www.ofny.org
Richard Wagner Society of New York (New York, NY) www.wagnersocietyny.org