The Guild for Washington Concert Opera

The Guild for WCO is a support organization that offers educational/social programs to enhance your enjoyment of Washington Concert Opera and opera in general. Activities include special lectures prior to WCO productions by distinguished musicologists and programs that add to your knowledge or provide unique insights about opera and related subjects.

The Guild’s popular lunch/brunch series called “Insider’s Insights” has featured singers and prominent individuals with ties to the opera world talking about their careers and organizations.  Among the speakers have been singers Elizabeth Futral, Lawrence Brownlee, Elizabeth Bishop, and Francois Loup, Washington Post Music Critic Anne Midgette, Regional Director for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions Eleanor Forrer, and WCO’s own Artistic Director Antony Walker.

The Guild also sponsors trips to outstanding opera venues or events outside the D.C. area. In the past year Guild members have ventured to Santa Fe Opera for Maestro Walker’s conducting debut with that company and to Sarasota Opera for the seldom-performed I Lombardi by Verdi and a 50th anniversary production of The Crucible with the 93-year-old composer, Robert Ward, in attendance. Other trips have been to Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Theater of Philadelphia, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Minnesota Opera, and special combinations of operas at the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera. These out-of-area trips include educational tours that provide insights into the local art and culture, behind-the-scenes experiences or meet-the-singers opportunities, and often visits to artists’ studios.

The Guild was founded to support and promote awareness of WCO and is dedicated to its growth and prosperity, so there is a real camaraderie among the membership. Since the Guild is entirely separate from Washington Concert Opera, donations to WCO do not apply toward Guild membership. If you would like to join the Guild, click here to download the membership form, print, complete it, and mail it with your dues check to the address on the form. Annual dues are $25 single, $35 double (two persons living in the same household). If you have questions about the Guild, please email President Margaret C. Jones at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



The Guild for Washington Concert Opera presents: A Weekend with Eric Owens and his hometown of Philadelphia April 25-26, 2015

The Board of Directors of the Guild for Washington Concert Opera invites members and non-members to a two-day celebration of opera and art in Philadelphia on April 25-26, 2015.

Bass-baritone and native Philadelphian Eric Owens is singing the role of King Philip II in Verdi’s Don Carlo  at Opera Philadelphia on April 26 at 2:30 p.m. Eric is a past singer for WCO. 

Don Carlo: The classic Verdi opera centers on an explosive politically driven love triangle.  Elizabeth, the centerpiece of an uneasy treaty between France and Spain, ignites a love triangle of epic proportions.  The native Philadelphian Eric Owens comes home to make his much-anticipated role debut as the tyrannical and despondent King Philip II, while Dimitri Pittas, Troy Cook, Leah Crocetto, and Michelle DeYoung make their company debuts in a powerhouse cast.

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The Guild for Washington Concert Opera Offers San Francisco: Its Art, Opera and Symphony June 22 – 27, 2015

The Board of Directors of the Guild for Washington Concert Opera invites its members to a four-day extravaganza of opera and art in San Francisco.  Dates are June 22 to June 27, 2015. The trip includes Two Women at San Francisco Opera, Les Troyens at San Francisco Opera, Fidelio at San Francisco Symphony Hall and tours of artists’ studios, galleries, and private collections.

Cost of the land portion of the trip for guild members is $495 per person which includes bus transfers from/to the hotel to performances for three nights and for a one day arts study tour on June 24, a welcome dinner, one lunch, museum entrance tickets during the arts tour and a $125 tax deductible nonrefundable contribution to Washington Concert Opera for a total of $495 person.  (Times for bus transfers will be announced once the roster is complete.)  Nonmember cost of $525 includes a $155 contribution to WCO.

Reservations at The Marriott Union Square Hotel ($289 per night)  and air travel to/from San Francisco, transfers from/to the airport, trip insurance, items of a personal nature and hotel costs are not included in the cost of the trip.

Refund policy:  Once the deposit is made, the tax deductible donation to WCO is nonrefundable.  No refunds will be given once the final payment by May 1.  Costs of the trip including tickets are transferrable to another person in case of cancellation. 

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