Opera Kelowna is committed to bringing the artform to life in the Okanagan Valley. We stage professional, captivating productions on our Mainstage, and cultivate our community by presenting music and events throughout the valley that are both entertaining and accessible.
We reach over 2,000 people every year through our performance, outreach and educational programs, and your contribution means the world to our work. 90% of our annual budget is spent directly on the artistic and education costs of our company, and we hope you agree that your donation is a strong investment in the future of the arts, and the artistic community, in the Okanagan Valley.
In addition to its mainstage production, Opera Kelowna offers a wide variety of accessible and extraordinary experiences to the Okanagan Valley community. In 2020, these will include:
Performers are the lifeblood of opera and Opera Kelowna balances this investment among creating significant opportunities for local artists to expand their craft, careers and repertoire, with inviting international talents from across North American and beyond to bring the best that the art form has to offer to our communities here in the Okanagan Valley.
Annually, our fully professional, mainstage opera production captivates audiences through song and storytelling. This event constitutes 70% of the company’s annual budget. In supporting our Mainstage Production in one of the following ways, your organization becomes part of the Okanagan’s opera community.
Opera Kelowna collaborates with artists and organizations within and beyond our community to support young talent by creating opportunities to perform in professional and high-quality productions. Our key education initiative is our Summer Intensive Training Program (SITP), which brings young artists who are either in their post-secondary music training programs, or just completing them, to the Okanagan Valley, where they work with renowned voice, acting and movement coaches to develop their performance skills. They also perform in both our mainstage production and in a number of our season events.
In a world increasingly marked by distance and digitized disengagement, opera creates experiences that bring people together in every sense of the word… Operatic performance is not mediated by microphone or other technology. The human voice and its musical accompaniments are therefore one of the most immediate, visceral storytelling experiences imaginable, quite literally resonating in the ears, minds and hearts of its audiences. Building on this foundational experience of artistic communication, Opera impacts communities through extraordinary artistry, education, and building a sense of connectedness.
Your generosity helps to provide grants, bursaries and scholarships for our young emerging classical artists to help finance their post-secondary education. These awards are in various amounts and are also provided as Named Funds, In-Memory, and Tributes and are presented at our Annual Gala Performance and events throughout the year.
With your help, we can continue to bring world-class opera to the local stage. There are a number of productions and special events throughout the year. Whether it is our Mainstage performances, Opera in the Park, our Annual Fashion Show or Summer Opera Series, there are many unique opportunities to serve our community and for our friends to get closer to the company and to the classical art form!