Gulf Region

Magic City Opera
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Magic City Opera, established in 2016, was formed to create experiential events that can entertain and educate South Florida audiences using the creative arts force, opera. Recognizing the social culture that the South Florida community thrives on, Magic City Opera focuses on creating short presentations, bookended with social events. MCO operates on the precept that less is more, limiting our presentations length to 90-minutes or less, allowing time for reflection, discussion, and socialization. We believe that an operatic presentation gives the audience the “High Five” of the creative arts: Music, Drama, Visual Art, Dance, and the Literary Arts. We endeavor to create performances that incorporate as many of the “High Five” as we can in each presentation, giving the audience an experience that will stay with them for a lifetime.

Graham Fandrei is the director.

Palm Beach Opera Guild
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Our mission is to support Palm Beach Opera and provide “opera culture” opportunities for guild members to nurture their appreciation and knowledge of opera.

The Palm Beach Opera Guild is a group of women and men dedicated to supporting Palm Beach Opera by raising funds for Palm Beach Opera Studio, a seven-month training program that fosters the skills high school students will need to pursue a successful music career in college and beyond, and Opera Rehearsal 101, a unique opportunity for middle and high school students to catch a glimpse of the opera production process during a live working rehearsal before opening night.

Ari Rifkin is the guild president.

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Shreveport Opera
Address: 212 Texas Street, Ste. 101 Shreveport, Louisiana
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The mission of Shreveport Opera is to produce professional opera and musical productions of the highest artistic quality and to provide educational programming and outreach to children, youth and adults in the Ark-La-Tex region.

Shreveport Opera is one of the oldest opera companies in the country and has been privileged to host some of the world’s greatest performers including Beverly Sills, Franco Corelli, Leontyne Price, and Sherrill Milnes.  It has also enjoyed the wonderful opportunity to help launch the careers of internationally acclaimed stars such as Renee Fleming and Greer Grimsley.

In the 2000-2001 season, Shreveport Opera created the Shreveport Opera Xpress (SOX) education and outreach touring program. SOX brings opera into schools, libraries, children’s hospitals, retirement centers, and other venues in an effort to both entertain and educate our friends and neighbors about opera and the arts. Currently, SOX performs for an estimated 50,000 young people and adults every year.

Shreveport Opera produces three professional main stage operas or musical theater works each year, as well as three operas for SOX.  Nearly all of the traditional operatic repertoire has been presented over its sixty-two year history.

Bob Robinson is the board president.

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Opera Guild Phone Number: (318) 227-9503
Young Patronesses of the Opera
Address: 8390 NW 25th Street Miami, Florida
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The Young Patronesses of the Opera, Inc. is a non-profit organization of over 200 volunteer women whose mission is to cultivate, promote, foster, sponsor, educate and develop the understanding, taste, and love of opera in our community. Educating children has always been of paramount importance to the members of YPO. They offer programs focused primarily on children’s education, which build future opera lovers and supporters.

The members of YPO fulfill this mission in several ways such as:

– Our In-School Opera: For over 40 years, YPO has been bringing 30-minute children’s operas, where professional singers perform children’s opera to almost 20,000 elementary students in our local public, private and parochial schools. We perform at 35-40 schools each spring annually.

– “Opera Funtimes” educational books designed by our volunteer members that share the story of a famous opera through poetry, activities, games and more. They are given to schoolchildren for free.

– Teacher’s Workshops that annually train approximately 150 Miami-Dade County music teachers on how to broaden a child’s horizon by exposing them to opera in the classroom.

– Girl Scout Workshops for over 200 Girl Scouts in South Florida to help them earn an Opera Patch through lessons in dance, music, make-up and staging centered on one of the year’s performances.

– Our nationally recognized Voice Competition that assists young opera singers in the pursuit of their careers.

Gail Piñon is president.

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