Thompson Street Opera Company is bringing grassroots energy into opera!
Thompson Street Opera Company is a young, energetic company based in Louisville, Kentucky, dedicated to injecting life and vitality into a centuries-old art form. For 4-6 weeks every May and June, a small, dedicated group of artists come together to create new operas from the ground up. We live, eat, and rehearse together, talk to the composers about their work, and present intimate performances in unique venues.
This year we've expanded our season to three weekends of performances, including a World Premiere. We will be performing in an exciting new venue in the Limerick neighborhood of Louisville - VAULT1031, a black box theatre in a space that used to be vault storage for an armored car company. Our performance lineup is as follows:
May 23-24 at 8PM, May 25 at 2PM: Emily by Eva Kendrick
May 30-31 at 8PM, June 1 at 2PM: The Rootabaga Stories by Yvonne Freckmann (WORLD PREMIERE) and Requiem for the Living by Ronnie Reshef
June 6-7 at 8PM, June 8 at 2PM: Ile by Ezra Donner
To compliment this exciting season, we have an exceptional line-up of artists, who have performed with such groups as Gotham Chamber Opera, Tanglewood Music Center, Nashville Opera, Great Noise Ensemble, Kentucky Opera, Sugar Creek Symphony, and Cincinnati Chamber Opera.
This ambitious season won't be possible without your help. Here's how your pledge directly impacts our goals:
$10 pays for one home-cooked dinner for the company
$25 buys supplies for 2-5 costumes
$50 buys a laser cartridge that will print over 5,000 pages of scores, programs, and libretti
$100 pays the stipend for one orchestra musician
$500 pays the rental fee for the venue
$1000 pays three rehearsal pianists
$3000 pays the rent and utilities on our home/cafeteria/rehearsal space
If we make our goal, we will be able to finish the season on our shoestring budget. If we exceed our goal, we will be able to more fully compensate our talented artists. Any money we raise above the Kickstarter goal will go into higher artist stipends, more travel reimbursement for the composers-in-residence, and better quality costumes and sets.
Risks and challenges
Even after the project is funded, we still need to recruit orchestra players, have rehearsals, and publicize the show so we'll actually have an audience! We will also need to follow through on other financial backing that we're in the process of securing now. These are all significant challenges, but we are confident in our ability to make things happen.
This is the third spring that we've put on performances, and it will be our second full season. Last year, despite numerous setbacks (both financial and logistical), we still managed to band together to create an amazing series of performances.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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