December 1, 2016
In the blink of an eye the holiday season is upon us and the year is nearly over. 2016 was a marvelous year for Hartford Opera Theater. This past February we returned to the Mark Twain House where we gave the American premiere of MYSTERIOUS 44, an opera based on Twain’s last novella, The Mysterious Stranger. In May, we produced THE CRUCIBLE by Robert Ward at the Aetna Theater in theWadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. This
production featured an updated, Hitchcock film-inspired concept, our wonderful orchestra, and over twenty amazing singers (most of them local) on stage. We were thrilled to be nominated for Broadway World Connecticut awards in seven categories including Best Ensemble Cast, and Best Director of a Musical Production for Associate Artistic Director, Kristy Chambrelli. We continued our free outreach performances at the Hartford Public Library, and performed for music students at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts for the first time last spring. Just two weeks ago, HOT produced our seventh New in November festival where we brought together over thirty area artists - composers, singers, directors, conductors, and pianists - to perform five new, short operas.
And we are not resting on our laurels; 2017 looks to be even more ambitious and exciting! In April, we will continue an on-going collaboration with a composer whose works have been featured for the last three years in our New in November festivals. David Wolfson’s The Faith Operas is a series of four short operas that grapple with issues of faith. The stories are thought provoking, and the music lyrical and lush. HOT will give the world premiere of The Faith Operas on Saturday, April 8 at 7 pm at the Charter Oak Cultural Center.
Our main stage will be Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land. This classic piece will be performed with orchestra on June 2 and 4 at the Aetna Theater in the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. In accordance with our motto, “opera for everyone,” we are increasing accessibility to opera by partnering with the American School for the Deaf. The cast will include a deaf actress; we will incorporate American Sign Language into the production; and will also host a “touch tour” of the set and use Audio Describe technology for blind audience members.Please plan to join us for this ground-breaking show.
We are fortunate to have received grants from several Hartford area organizations such as the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Roberts Foundation, the Ensworth Charitable Trust, and the Betty Knox Foundation, but our continued support from these foundations depends on our ability to demonstrate that opera is wanted and needed in Hartford. In this time of budget cuts, transition, and fiscal uncertainty, professional artsorganizations are more vulnerable than ever before. I hope that you will consider a tax-deductible end of the year gift to Hartford Opera Theater. Your gift will go to support our wonderful artists, and help us keep live, affordable, and culturally relevant opera in Hartford. Here are some specific ways that we will use your donation:
• a gift of $30 buys one hour of time with a rehearsal pianist (an average rehearsal is 3-4 hours long).
• a gift of $70 buys one rehearsal from one of our orchestra members for The Tender Land.
• a gift of $100 allows us to have one of our shows photographed by a professional photographer
• a gift of $300 covers one day of rehearsal at the Aetna Theater.
• a gift of $500 will sponsor the stipend for one of our principal singers in The Faith Operas or The Tender Land.
If you have donated to Hartford Opera Theater in the past, we thank you and ask that you might consider honoring us again, possibly even increasing your gift. If you are donating for the first time, we are thankful to have you joining our mission.
Will you help us make 2017 the best year yet for Hartford Opera Theater? HOT is the only company producing professional, fully-staged, live operas with orchestra in Hartford. We are committed to doing our part to make sure that Hartford remains known for wonderful opera, and would love to partner with you in making that happen. Please be as generous as you can during this holiday season so that HOT can continue in its mission of producing “opera for everyone.”
Artistic and Executive Director
Hartford Opera Theater
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