Record live in high-quality video and audio Opera in Williamsburg's production of Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore on 10/26/2012.
I am producing a live professional performance of Donizetti's opera The Elixir of Love (L'Elisir d'Amore) at the Kimball Theatre in Williamsburg, Virginia, on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 8 PM. This Kickstarter project is raising money to pay for a high-quality professional recording of the live public performance.
I have been able to assemble an amazing cast of up-and-coming opera singers, under the musical direction of Jorge Parodi. I am acting as the financial backer for this production; and my ability to fund future productions depends on whether I recover my expenses by ticket sales. If you are in Williamsburg, please get your tickets at the Kimball Theatre (www.kimballtheatre.com) and come to the performance! It will be an opportunity to experience live world-class opera right in Williamsburg. You can check out more details of the performance and the singers on the Facebook page of Opera in Williamsburg, www.facebook.com/opera-in-williamsburg.
I am raising funds through this Kickstarter project to record the performance in high-quality audio and video as a benefit for the singers and for fundraising and PR purposes for Opera in Williamsburg. Christian Amonson of Arts Laureate will make the recording. The total I am asking for includes the cost of the recording ($1000), the cost of making and mailing individual copies of the DVD to raise that amount ($500), and the cost of raising funds through Kickstarter and paying sales tax ($250). This DVD will only be available through Opera in Williamsburg and Arts Laureate, and no part of it may be posted electronically except with specific case-by-case permission in writing from both the music director, Jorge Parodi, and of the producer Naama Zahavi-Ely. Any money raised above the goal amount will be earmarked to productions of Opera in Williamsburg, to cover any deficits of the current production, and as seed money for future productions.
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The big risk is not the recording -- it is the producing of the opera. I am taking a large personal financial risk, greater than any I have taken in my life, to guarantee proper compensation and conditions for the singers and musicians I am assembling for this project. What I can offer is on the low end of fair professional pay, and the artists are investing a great deal of time and effort for a one-night performance. But they love their art, they know how good their colleagues in this production are, and they cherish the opportunity to work together. It is a privilege to enable such a production to come into being. My budget is almost entirely dedicated to compensating the cast and crew and covering their expenses, with rent a distant second and other expenses kept at a bare minimum with a great deal of sweat equity on my part and help from friends. The one frustration in an otherwise exhilarating experience is that I can cast only a few of the amazing up-and-coming professional singers I love that I know through the IVAI of Joan Dornemann and Paul Nadler. Hopefully I will be able to recover at least a large portion of my expenses by ticket sales. I envision Opera in Williamsburg as offering two operas a year, and hopefully will be able to form a non-profit organization or work under the umbrella of one eventually.
The Kickstarter project is set up to enable me to record the production in professional high-quality video and audio (with Christian Amonson of Arts Laureate). There is no substitute for live experience, but I would like to preserve as much of it as I can. The singers will benefit from having professional-quality video clips they may use (with the music director's permission on a case-by-case basis). Their friends and interested others who are unable to come to the live performance will be able to enjoy it in recording.
The cast of this performance is amazing. These are singers whose voices and talents are likely to bring them to high-level international professional careers. Their voices and talents match each other seamlessly, and I can't wait to see what they do together on stage under the superbly talented conducting of Jorge Parodi. Get your copy of the recording here -- it will not be available anywhere except through Opera in Williamsburg. And if you can, please help us with more than the cost of a DVD.
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