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National Opera Week 2016

ISAAC MIZRAHI, Honorary Chairman,
Encourages Everyone to Experience Opera

Opera Advocacy Day 2016

Tuesday, November 1

October 27, 2016 (New York) — Opera companies, schools and organizations across North America will celebrate the eighth annual NATIONAL OPERA WEEK ( from Friday, October 28 through Sunday, November 6, 2016, with nearly 200 opera activities and announcements in their communities. Part of National Opera Week for the second year, OPERA ADVOCACY DAY (November 1), empowers individuals to take action to support the art form. National Opera Week and Opera Advocacy Day are coordinated by OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation’s leading champion for American opera.

OPERA America is delighted to announce that famous designer and beloved television personality ISAAC MIZRAHI is serving as the Honorary Chairman of National Opera Week 2016, encouraging audiences to explore opera.

"The more you know about opera, the more you know about life," stated Mizrahi. "Opera is as important to me as sports are to other people — an opera season is like Wimbledon or the World Series. The power of great singing is more than any other physical effort and ten times as gratifying."

Mr. Mizrahi welcomes audiences to National Opera Week in a video message.

National Opera Week celebrates the vibrancy of opera in America today and conveys the excitement and importance of opera to a national and international audience. The strength and diversity of established opera companies, community opera ensembles, opera training programs and individual opera artists across North America will be on display through the wide array of events offered. These activities include performances, family activities, lectures, social events, tours, trivia contests and announcements of year-round community impact.

"Opera is thriving across the United States and Canada," stated OPERA America President/CEO Marc A. Scorca. "Cities large and small are home to vibrant opera organizations that serve the public inside the opera house with inspiring productions and in the community with performances in alternative venues, events for families and inspiring introductions to the magic of the art form. National Opera Week demonstrates and celebrates the diversity of our art form today that promises an exciting future for opera across the country."

On Tuesday, November 1, Opera Advocacy Day provides an opportunity for individuals who work in or love opera to show their commitment to the art form by urging lawmakers and community leaders to support arts education and other policies and legislation that promote opera and the performing arts. Facts, talking points and other resources are available on the National Opera Week website ( and through the Performing Arts Alliance (, of which OPERA America is a founding member.

"Nothing makes a bigger difference than when policymakers and community leaders hear from their constituents," stated Brandon Gryde, director of government affairs at OPERA America. "Whether the issue most important to you is arts education in our schools, funding for the National Endowment for the Arts or tax policies for nonprofits, change won’t happen if we don’t raise our voices. Opera Advocacy Day is a great opportunity for opera leaders, artists and lovers of the art form to share how opera and the performing arts make our communities healthier and more vibrant."

Descriptions of select National Opera Week activities and lists of participating organizations and event locations may be found below.

Visit for a full listing of National Opera Week activities,
a welcome video from Honorary Chairman Isaac Mizrahi and
Opera Advocacy Day resources.
Join the National Opera Week conversation on social media with #OperaWeek.
For more information about OPERA America, its many programs and the National Opera Center,
visit @OPERAAmerica

About OPERA America
OPERA America ( leads and serves the entire opera community, supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera.
  • Artistic services help opera companies and creative and performing artists to improve the quality of productions and increase the creation and presentation of North American works.
  • Information, technical and administrative services to opera companies reflect the need for strengthened leadership among staff, trustees and volunteers.
  • Education, audience development and community services are designed to enhance all forms of opera appreciation.

Founded in 1970, OPERA America's worldwide membership network includes 150 Professional Company Members, 250 Associate, Business and Educational Members, 1,200 Individual Members, and 16,000 subscribers to the association's electronic news service. In response to the critical need for suitable audition, rehearsal and recording facilities, OPERA America opened the first-ever NATIONAL OPERA CENTER ( in September 2012 in New York City. With a wide range of artistic and administrative services in a purpose-built facility, OPERA America is dedicated to increasing the level of excellence, creativity and effectiveness across the field.

See full National Opera Week activity listings at

Opera on Tap: The Parksville Murders Exclusive Preview (October 27)
Join Opera on Tap and the DUMBO BID for an exclusive sneak preview of The Parksville Murders, an episodic horror opera created for virtual reality! The evening will feature a VR viewing of the full first episode, as well as live music featuring Bombay Rickey and The Cameramen. Every free RSVP comes with one complimentary drink. (New York, NY)

PORTopera: Opera Chorus Singalong (October 28)
PORTopera invites anyone who has ever wanted to sing some of the greatest opera choruses to come together under the direction of the company’s chorus master, Dr. Robert Russell. Attendees will rehearse for an hour, enjoy a break with light refreshments and come back together to sing all of the choruses. (Portland, ME)

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: Sensory-Friendly Performance of The Pirates of Penzance (October 29)
For the first time, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is making its "Opera on the GO!" program available to the public at a special event designed to welcome young people with sensory sensitivities. Participants will enjoy two behind-the-scenes workshops and then experience an abbreviated performance of The Pirates of Penzance. (St. Louis, MO)

Opera Carolina: Halloween Flash Mob & HOPera Carolina Beer Launch (October 29)
What happens when opera and beer collide? Find out for yourself at D9 Brewing Company, where Opera Carolina will present a thrilling opera surprise and premiere its delicious namesake beer, HOPera Carolina. (Cornelius, NC)

San Diego Opera: Cinderella Family Fun Day (October 30)
San Diego Opera is proud to offer a Family Package for Rossini's witty take on the classic Cinderella tale, with special discounts for children and adults! This family-friendly matinee will include face painters, cookies for kids, photo ops with a prince and princess, backstage tours and much more! (San Diego, CA)

Juventas New Music Ensemble: Boston New Music Festival Kick-Off (November 2)
Juventas New Music will showcase today's musical pioneers by featuring some of Boston's 30+ new music ensembles in a variety of performances. This kick-off for Boston New Music Festival will feature circus arts, indie opera and the latest in contemporary instrumental performance. (Boston, MA)

Madison Opera: Shakespeare’s First Folio (November 3)
Shakespeare’s First Folio goes on display at the Chazen Museum of Art the same weekend that Madison Opera presents Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet. To celebrate, Madison Opera Studio Artists will sing excerpts from the opera at the exhibition’s opening reception. (Madison, WI)

OPERA America: Professional Development Symposium (November 5–6)
Do you love opera and want to see it grow? Join OPERA America and arts practitioners from around New York City for two inspiring days of networking, learning and strategizing. Perfect for both new and experienced administrators. Registration ($25) closes November 3! (New York, NY)

District of Columbia
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
South Carolina
Additional activities take place online and on TV and radio.
Alvarado Elementary School
Amadeus Choir
American Lyric Theater
American Music Festival
Americas Society
Anchorage Opera
Annapolis Opera
Anne O'Neal Films LLC
Arizona Opera
The Atlanta Opera
Beth Morrison Projects
Binghamton University
Victoria Bond
Boston Lyric Opera
Boston New Music Festival
Boston Public Library
Brown Theatre
Buffalo Choral Arts Society
Buffalo Niagara Choir
Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Canadian Opera Company
Celebrate Opera in Western New York
Cesar Chavez Elementary
Chazen Museum of Art
Chicago College of Performing Arts
Chicago Fringe Opera
Chicago Opera Theater
Children's Chorus of San Antonio
Cincinnati Art Museum
Cincinnati Opera
Creative Learning Academy
The Crypt Sessions
Culture Clash
D9 Brewing Company
Detroit Opera House
Domingo-Colburn Stein Young Artist Program
Ensemble Studio Competition
Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund Inc.
Eugene Opera
Fargo-Moorhead Opera
Suzanne Fatta
Florentine Opera Company
Forte International
Forte International Music Competition
Fredonia Chamber Choir, College Choir and Women's Choir
The Fredonia School of Music
Freudig Singers of WNY
The Friends of Vienna
Girl Scouts Spirits of Nebraska
Good People Brewing Company
Hands-on-Opera Program
Hawaii Opera Theatre
Hawaii Theatre Center Education
HOT Opera Express
Houston Grand Opera
Ice Flyers
Indie Opera Productions
Institute of the Teatro Colón
The Instituto Superior de Arts del Teatro Colón
The Johns Hopkins University
Junior League of Pensacola
Juventas New Music Ensemble
The Kennedy Center
Kentucky Opera
Lancaster High School Chorale
Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera
Los Angeles Opera
Los Angeles Public Library
Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Madison Opera
Manhattan School of Music
Marble City Opera
Market Place Restaurant
The Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera National Council, Central Region
Michigan Opera Theatre
Mildred Miller International Voice Competition
Minnesota Opera
Isaac Mizrahi
Muhammad School of Music
The National Opera Center
Nelson-Atkins Art Museum
New Brew Ensemble
New Camerata Opera
New York Opera Forum
Niagara Arts and Cultural Center
Nickel City Opera
NOR Music
North Carolina Opera
NOVA Center for the Performing Arts
Omaha Children's Museum
Omaha Conservatory of Music
Omaha Under the Radar
On Site Opera
OPERA America
Opera at University of South Carolina
Opera Birmingham
Opera Box Score
Opera Carolina
Opera Colorado
Opera Connecticut
Opera for the Young
Opera Idaho
Opera Memphis
Opera Naples
Opera NOVA
Opera Omaha
Opera on Tap
Opera On Tap Colorado
Opera on the James
Opera Oratorio
Opera Parallèle
Opera Philadelphia
OPERA San Antonio
Opera San Jose
Opera Tampa
Opera Theater of Pittsburgh
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Opera Upper West
Opera Western Reserve
Opera: Steps to the Stage
OperaBuffs of Western New York
Pacific Opera Theatre
Paracademia Center Inc.
The Peabody Conservatory
Pensacola Opera
Piedmont Opera
Pittsburgh Opera
Polonza Bistro
Prizm Ensemble
Public Opera
Raylynmor Opera
Maestro Giovanni Reggioli
Regina Opera Company
Reimagining Opera for Kids
The Rochester Oratorio Society
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Roger Rudenstein
Roosevelt University
Salon/Sanctuary Concerts
San Diego Opera
San Francisco Opera
The Santa Fe Opera
Sarasota Opera
Saw Works Brewery
Mark Schubin
The Screening Room
Seattle Opera
Sims Middle School
Sisters Cities Festival
South Shore Opera Company of Chicago
Straz Center
Third Eye Theatre Ensemble
Toronto Operetta Theatre
Tri-Cities Opera
Triphammer Arts Inc.
Unison Media
The University of Buffalo Dance & Theater Department
University of Minnesota
University of North Carolina, Greensboro Opera Theatre
University of the Pacific Opera Theatre
Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
V. Paul's
Verismo Opera
VOICEBOX | Opera in Concert
The Wagner Society of Santa Fe
Warren Philharmonic
Washington National Opera
Wichita Grand Opera
Young Voices of The Santa Fe Opera
Youngstown Cinema