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The book will include: Opera 101, interviews with opera singers/patrons, and performance reviews of "opera" around the world.

The book will include: Opera 101, interviews with opera singers/patrons, and performance reviews of "opera" around the world. Read more
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Opera

At the age of 19, Charles heard his first opera. La Bohème changed his life. He's been attending the opera all over the world ever since. Being a Met Opera Young Associate and Met National Council Auditions Committee member gives him the opportunity to see performances with other young cultured professionals who have a passion for opera.  He realized early our numbers were dwindling.  He made it his duty to introduce more of his friends to this beauteous art.  It is just that which led him on this journal to write this book.

Where will the money go? 

Money raised will go toward production and research for the book. The research will include performance reviews of operas in 2014 all over the world. The Metropolitan Opera in New York City will provide the main venue, with additional performances domestically and globally. There will also be a lot of traveling to meet with opera singers to interview and hear their story.  Because he is self-publishing, a large part of funding will help cover publishing and editing costs.  We are working diligently on creating a new web site due be be launched by or before the end of February.  We are also assuring that the book will have a digital form for those of us who read on the iPad and Kindle.

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For your support I am offering exclusive rewards like production credits, a one-of-a-kind screensaver, exclusive Polaroid photos, opportunities to attend performances with me, and the opportunity to help make a global opera performance review part of the book.

Risks and challenges

My main goal is to help bridge the gap between opera and Generation Xers. My priority is to write the book as I go along this year and have it completed by February 2015 and ready for production. Because I am self-publishing, this gives me control over production time. I'm working closely with McNally Jackson Publishing to ensure a smooth publication.

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    Get exclusive updates via email on interviews and performances that I've seen and my writing progress.

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    All of the above, plus an autographed copy of the book "Opera".

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    All of the above, plus an exclusive autographed "polaroid" picture of an Opera house taken by me.

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    All of the above, plus an exclusive autographed studio portrait "polaroid" picture of an Opera.

    Note: Opera singer may vary, but there may be options given to supporter. Size also may vary, there will be some 8x10 polaroids on a limited basis. Please email me for options.

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    Bronze Producer
    All of the above, plus have dinner with me in New York City or while I'm visiting another city for an Opera performance.

    Also, be listed as an exclusive Bronze Producer level on the web site.
    Note: Schedule may vary outside of New York City.

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    Gold Producer
    All of the above, plus attend a performance with me at The Metropolitan Opera. We'll have an exclusive interview during intermission about your experience with Opera. I'll include you as an interviewee in the book "Opera". (Note: tickets are not included. You will have to choose where we sit)

    Also, be listed as an exclusive Gold Producer level on the web site.

    Note: Performance attendance will vary. We can coordinate to attend sometime in 2014

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    Platinum Producer
    All of the above, plus receive a portrait painting of an opera singer.

    Also, be listed as an exclusive Platinum Producer level on the web site.

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    La Scala Producer
    Send me to Milan to see a performance at La Scala. I will provide an exclusive performance review in the book "Opera".

    Additionally, receive an exclusive autographed "polaroid" picture of the Opera house taken by me and a signed copy of the book "Opera".

    You will also receive a special thank you in the book.

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    Royal Opera House Producer
    Send me to London to see a performance at Royal Opera House. I will provide an exclusive performance review in the book "Opera".

    Additionally, receive an exclusive autographed "polaroid" picture of the Opera house taken by me and a signed copy of the book "Opera".

    You will also receive a special thank you in the book.

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    Wiener-Staatsoper Producer
    Send me to Vienna, Austria to see a performance at Wiener-Staatsoper. I will provide an exclusive performance review in the book "Opera".

    Additionally, receive an exclusive autographed "polaroid" picture of the Opera house taken by me and a signed copy of the book "Opera".

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    Bayerische Staatsoper Producer
    Send me to Munich, Germany to see a performance at Bayerische Staatsoper. I will provide an exclusive performance review in the book "Opera".

    Additionally, receive an exclusive autographed "polaroid" picture of the Opera house taken by me and a signed copy of the book "Opera".

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    Teatro Colón Producer

    Send me to Buenos Aires, Argentina to see a performance at Teatro Colón. I will provide an exclusive performance review in the book "Opera".

    Additionally, receive an exclusive autographed "polaroid" picture of the Opera house taken by me and a signed copy of the book "Opera".

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    Meet me at an Opera house somewhere in the world

    We'll coordinate and meet at an Opera House of your choice. I will provide an exclusive performance review in the book "Opera".

    Additionally, receive an exclusive autographed "polaroid" picture of the Opera house taken by me and a signed copy of the book "Opera".

    You will also receive a special thank you in the book

    Schedule may vary. We will be in touch for details.

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