As #GivingTuesday approaches, I’d like to ask that you consider including Act Too Studio Opera Workshop in your year-end giving! Now in its third year, the workshop has grown from a week-long intensive into a year-long, student-driven entity, and it’s honestly been a wonder to behold.
Not only have our teens learned to love opera, but they are constantly impressing me with their own brilliance as interpretive artists. As we begin work on 2016’s summer Monteverdi project, students have already become intimately involved in the creative process, brainstorming ideas for the new narrative we’re constructing, providing feedback on English adaptations, offering up costume concepts, discussing their characters, and analyzing the music and text. When I watch these students in action, I’m absolutely floored.
Meanwhile, the passion for classical singing has exploded studio-wide. In a recent lesson with a not-quite-13-year-old student, I had the pleasure of listening to her explain to me how the accompaniment to a standard Italian aria supports the text. This ability to think deeply about music not only advances our young singers as artists, but also advances their humanity, as they strive more and more urgently towards real understanding of the human condition through the minds and hearts of some of our species’ finest storytellers.
In an era when the arts have become increasingly a luxury item available only to those with considerable financial resources, we at Act Too Studio are intensely dedicated to making our Opera Workshop programming accessible to all our teens. To that end, we are tasked with seeking funding through local businesses and individual donors. In the early half of 2015, we raised nearly $8000 to fund our spring and summer programming. For 2016, we must raise even more. Please consider us this #GivingTuesday!
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Act Too Studio Opera Workshop is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Act Too Studio Opera Workshop must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law.