This has been a most extraordinary year at Washington Concert Opera! Because of generous donations from our loyal subscribers, donors, Board and Guild members, WCO has been able to offer programs that introduce opera to many of our community members and deepen the understanding and appreciation of opera among our current audience members.
Highlights of the year include:
- presenting rarely performed masterpieces that featured outstanding young artists in their Washington area and role debuts. In spring 2013, soprano Georgia Jarman and tenor Michael Spyres provided a stunning performance of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. Later, in the fall, WCO presented Verdi’s very rarely performed I masnadieri featuring soprano Lisette Oropesa and tenor Russell Thomas to a wildly enthusiastic and appreciative audience;
- offering a popular series of three lectures on Verdi’s operas at the IONA Senior Services Center;
- providing a lecture and musical performance celebrating Verdi’s life and work for a standing-room-only audience at the Italian Cultural Institute within the Embassy of Italy;
- conducting a master class for vocal students from the University of Maryland’s Opera Studio;
- hosting vocal students from local universities at WCO dress rehearsals and performances;
- attracting about 200 audience members to a free pre-performance lecture;
- establishing a Young Professionals group to encourage participation among those 35 years of age and younger;
- honoring Verdi’s 200th birthday with a brunch and musical tribute including world-renowned soprano Alessandra Marc, local favorite bass Soloman Howard and tenor Yuri Gorodetski; and
- initiating a partnership with a local charter elementary school to bring music classes on opera to students grades 3 to 5.