The incredible power of music can bring people together in spirit, even in circumstances when they must remain physically apart. Despite the limitations of COVID-19, in 2021 Opera Kelowna offered free concerts both live-streamed and with safe distancing in-person. We partnered with communities from Vernon to Naramata to expand our offerings throughout the valley. We did this because we believe that the artistry, the power, and the beauty of operatic singing and performance has something for everyone.
Our community engagement is musical service to our community: whether it’s for seniors who aren’t able to venture out, for families who want to experience a night of musical delight in a picnic setting, or for those ardent music lovers who crave new and exhilarating concerts not otherwise available in the Okanagan Valley, Opera Kelowna strives to bring operatic experiences everywhere they might make a difference. Assuming we can return to full in-person performance in 2022, we anticipate our offerings will reach over 3000 people. These programs will represent 30% of Opera Kelowna’s budget next year, and are only partially funded by grant support.
Meeting our fundraising goals means Opera Kelowna can offer all the programming it did in 2021, and expand our performances in communities further afield in the Okanagan Valley.
Mr. McEwen was on the Board of Vancouver Opera for nine years, and being a VO board member was both an enriching and an eye-opening experience. Among many intriguing events, the couple were able to meet not only singers, but also musicians, directors, set designers, conductors, props makers, and staffers (from the General Director to the ticket handlers). To see the myriad of details that go into making opera happen was an education that they loved and will never forget. “The passion and commitment shown by everyone involved, from top to bottom, is both humbling and inspiring.”