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Tidewater Opera Initiative aims to provide local singers with a chance to hone their craft through a full scale opera production.

Finding a dearth of opportunities for young local singers to hone their craft, Suzanne Oberdorfer and Kathryn Kelly founded the Tidewater Opera Initiative, a collaborative arts organization which seeks to highlight the vast and rich operatic talent the Hampton Roads area has to offer.

In conjunction with the Governor’s School for the Arts, TOI is working on their first production, Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, performed in English, scheduled for this summer. Cosi is one of Mozart’s finest comic operas; its charming melodies and engaging story make it a perfect reprieve from the stifling heat of a Virginia summer. The main characters will be performed by some of the area’s finest young voices. The chorus will feature students from the Governor’s School’s vocal music program, giving them the opportunity to observe the production process from beginning to end.

We thank you for your support of the Tidewater Opera Initiative and the gift of music you are giving with your contribution!

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Currently, our biggest challenge is raising the money to fund a performance space. While there is always the option of performing in a local church or synagogue, we would ideally like to perform in a theater. We have been fortunate that our collaboration with the Governor's School for the Arts has provided us with a rehearsal space, costumes, chorus, and director, so our biggest obstacle is funding a performance space that fits the unique nature of our venture.

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