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.