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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Outreach Artists
By Donata Cucinotta
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So, you’ve been hired to take part in a studio, outreach or ensemble program at an opera company. Chances are high that you’ll be asked to sing in schools as part of your duties. Here are some basic tips that can help ensure your outreach experience is rewarding and runs smoothly:


About the Author: Donata Cucinotta has sung mainstage roles and in outreach programs with Opera Colorado, Opera New Jersey, Amarillo Opera, Shreveport Opera, The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Opera Company of Brooklyn, The Belleayre Music Festival and The Ohio Light Opera. Over the past two seasons, she made her Opera Colorado mainstage debut performing Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and covering the Four Heroines in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. As a member of the Opera Colorado Ensemble, she performed the roles of Masha in The Music Shop, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette and Clorinda in Cinderella. Earlier this season, she made her debut as Gilda in Rigoletto at Opera Fort Collins. Upcoming engagements include the Mozart Mass in C and Bach Magnificat with the Denver Choralfest.

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From 42nd Street/Times Square:
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

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