Opera Fundraiser

The financial woes of New York City Opera raise their head again, with the news that if they cannot raise $20 million by year’s end, they may have to cancel most of this season and all of the next.

NYCO 13/14 Season

Towards this goal, they’ve launched their very own KickStarter campaign, hoping to raise $1 million by the end of this month.  It just started Sunday, and as of this writing they’re 2% of the way there…

Not sure what the most money raised on KickStarter has been (maybe $7 million for a high tech watch?), but $1 million seems ambitious…

I guess this is as good a time as any to share this neat video on NYCO‘s education initiatives, staging operas for New York School kids and sending artists to the schools as well.  This past year they put on Unsuk Chin‘s 2007 Alice in Wonderland, a very modern work, but i like that some kids’ first exposure to the “stuffy” medium of opera is something so unexpected…

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/68061675]

New York City Opera’s Opera is Elementary 2013 from New York City Opera on Vimeo.

This season’s planned opera is Tobias Picker‘s Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the book by Roald Dahl.  I actually saw this in its world premiere at the Los Angeles Opera in 1998!  For more on the work, visit Picker’s page on it.

Fantastic Mr. Fox at LA Opera

Tobias Picker with cast members of Fantastic Mr. Fox at LA Opera, 1998

Once again, here’s the KickStarter, in case you’re feeling generous…  Also, NYCO & BAM’s presentation of Anna Nicole starts next week, so hurry and grab whatever tickets may remain!

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