LONGWOOD OPERA RECEIVES FOUNDATION GRANT
Will Help Launch 21st Performance Season
NEEDHAM, MA; December 28, 2006-- Longwood Opera, bringing "Opera
to All" for 20 seasons, announced today it has received a
grant from the Bessie Pappas Charitable Foundation of Belmont, Mass.
Funds will be used to help Longwood Opera defray costs and continue
to stage series performances featuring some of the finest opera
talent in the Greater Boston area.
"Between now and May of 2007, we will hear nearly 200 aspiring
opera singers who hope to join the Longwood Opera roster,"
said J. Scott Brumit, Longwood Opera's General Director. "We
are extremely grateful to the Bessie Pappas Charitable Foundation
for helping us launch our third decade of opera and for giving these
artists the much-needed opportunity to perform in our fully-staged,
Following collaboration with another musical organization in a
March production of Humperdink's Hansel & Gretel, Longwood Opera's
21st season will officially begin in June 2007 with Rossini's comical
Barber of Seville. July and August feature the annual Tuesday evening
summer concert series at Needham's Christ Episcopal Church. Johann
Strauss, Jr.'s delightful operetta Die Fledermaus will round out
the season on successive weekends at several venues this fall. For
more information about Longwood Opera and its performances, log
on to www.longwoodopera.org,
or call 781-455-0960.
About Longwood Opera
Longwood Opera, Inc., was founded in 1986 to fill a void in New
England's performing arts network. After students graduate from
the universities and conservatories in the Boston area, they have
the skills necessary to make a career as opera singers, but they
lack the opportunity and venue to use their talents. Longwood Opera
gives talented, Boston-based singers a chance to polish their performing
skills so that they become successful artists. So far over 500 singers
have performed as members of the company. In 1995, we adopted the
slogan "Opera For All!"™. This expresses our goal to make
opera accessible to everyone, especially to those who might otherwise
not have access to this wonderful art form.
Longwood Opera programs are sponsored in part by the Needham and
Acton-Boxboro Cultural Councils, local agencies, that are supported
by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.