About this project
Update: All Backers will have access to half price tickets. All pledges above $300 will get two comp tickets for concerts!
There is no limit to what can be done in new opera, it is up to you to decide how far we can go.
WHO WE ARE//WHAT WE BELIEVE:
At iBoc we aim to mix ideas from both Brazilian and international artists to create new approaches for the genre. iBoc’s core team has members from Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Italy, Portugal and the United States and we hope to have even more diversity as our team grows. Through collaboration and shared perspectives, we believe opera can be relevant to large audiences.
We also believe that opera is the multimedia event of the future. Not only does opera unite all art forms, the genre has a lot of potential for creative development. Most opera companies now have access to contemporary performance techniques, yet they keep repeating a repertoire that was written in the 19th century. The iBoc creative team consists of professional composers, singers, musicians, film-makers, mixed media artists, choreographers and performance artists. We are dedicated to producing unique and refreshing performances.
WHY BRAZIL, OPERA AND THE WORLD?
While ultimately, opera is experienced on a single stage, we aren’t the first to see the natural connection between these three big things:
- Did you know the first New World composer whose work was accepted by Europe was Brazilian? Antonio Carlos Gomes (1836 –1896). He was the only non-European who was successful as an opera composer in Italy, during the "golden age of opera," contemporary to Verdi and Puccini.
- Did you know that Brazil has the only Amazonian Opera House? The Manaus Opera house was constructed during the Rubber Boom circa 1880. Today, 39 of the 54-member Amazon Philharmonic orchestra are from Bulgaria, Belarus and Russia.
- Ranging from energetic carnival blocos to the smooth romantic sway of bossa nova, Brazil has a rich tradition of vibrant music and live performance that never fails to captivate international audiences.
- Brazilian ethos is about embracing cultures and mixing genres.
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New York City - Baruch's Egelman Recital Hall
March 7th & 8th Program:
•"O Sonho de Ianadi", an aria from "Watunna—A criação do mundo segundo os índios do Orinoco", opera in Portuguese by Thiago Tiberio
•"Provvisorietá (Provisoriedade)" an aria from "Anita" opera in Italian and Portuguese by Luigi Porto, libretto by Andrea Amoroso
• "I Don't Want to Die" a trio from "Cries and Whispers", opera in Portuguese and English by Joao MacDowell
• 12 scenes from from "Tamanduá – A Brazilian Opera" in Portuguese and English by João MacDowell
Meet iBoc's Debut Composers:
•www.joaomacdowell.com: Joao MacDowell – Brazilian born, Joao composed the first Opera in the U.S. to be produced in the Portuguese language, “Tamanduá."
•www.thiagotiberio.com: Thiago Tiberio – Is a sought after Brazilian conductor and composer. In fact, we had to excuse him from attending our company's debut because he will be in Germany working on “Lord of the Rings - Live to Projection" at that time.
•www.luigiporto.com: Luigi Porto – Is an Italian composer hailing from a cinema background. He brings great enthusiasm to the team and applies his modern artistic vision to all projects.
The goal of this campaign is to raise money to pay for the performers, materials and necessary production staff for iBoc’s March 7th & 8th debut concerts.
We keep costs as low as possible, but producing this concert isn’t free and we need your help.
We are lucky to have an amazing group of volunteers donating their time and efforts to make this happen.
Funds raised will support the rough budget below:
We will pay the singers a minimum stipend of $200 to $500 for each role, depending on the amount of music they need to learn. We are spending $1000 on the pianist (who needs to be a phenomenal sight reader and be present at ALL rehearsals) We are also paying $500 each for cellist and percussionist, so that we can have a small yet exciting ensemble.
It will cost a sizable amount of money to print parts for everyone including chorus members, and then producing and mailing to donors CDs, DVDs, posters, books, souvenirs, etc. We also need to cover the cost of printing programs and flyers, and a press package for the media.
We can accomplish this performance for a bare minimum of $7,200. Since Kickstarter and Amazon Payments take a 10% bite out of the total, the $8,000 goal covers the very basic production cost, or almost:
• Singers: $3150
• Instrumentalists: $2000
• 100 CDs $115
• 100 DVDs: $115
• Score books (35) $910
• postcards (100) $55
• T-shirts (70) $500
• Envelopes/boxes: $200
• Mail: $200
• Kickstarter/Amazon fee: $800
• Total: $8045
We really need to go above the goal.
We also need to pay for the theater: $1000 per night. We are counting on the door to cover that and complement basic expenses such as food and equipment transport.
We run a tight budget; and we get the most out of each cent. You can be sure of that.
We need your pledge.
We'd be very grateful to have your support, which will help us put on this show, in addition to getting iBoc off the ground. We have a number of great plans in the works. We can't do it without you.
What happens if we meet our goal and raise more money than expected?
If we go above our goal we can increase our performers' pay, and we can also pay for the labor of some of our volunteers.
We have many “shared-risk partners” people who are willing to help in all the production aspects to set the tone of what our full productions will be like.
“Shared-risk partners” include our Vocal and Chorus Directors, Production Director, visual artists, the people who are bringing in all audio and video recording equipment, taking care of the recordings and then mixing the audio and editing the video.
These professionals are investing in the company, knowing that they will only get paid if we manage to go above our goal.
If we exceed our goal we can invest even more in promoting the event.
Additional funds also means we can begin costing out costumes, sets, and lighting.
If we go way above our fundraising goal we can invest into becoming an official non-profit organization: consensus based, fully-transparent. The start up costs is approximately $2,000 in legal fees. Once we are an official non-profit, we will also organize a series of educational seminars and workshops about music, film and opera-related topics.
All three composers are volunteering their work for this production.
Help us take it to the next level. Take a look at some of the fantastic rewards on your right! →
This concert is just a seed for something bigger. For weeks we auditioned countless amazing singers. We wished we had more roles to offer.
We aim to go beyond type-casting. Inherent to the mission of this company is that we can create roles for multi-ethnic singers who are usually not cast in large opera companies due to a stereotypical vision of "European opera tradition."
We need to move on to larger productions and show the world something that has never been done before. We have five new operas in our assembly line. It’s a wonderful new way to do it.
THE BRAZILIAN CHORUS
We are creating a permanent Brazilian Chorus that will run as an educational experiment in music and language learning. The chorus will be made of professional and nonprofessional singers, who will receive free Portuguese language and vocal training.
Risks and challenges
We have performed two operas in the last five years, "Tamanduá," in 2008 and 2009, and "Plastic Flowers" in 2012. Plastic Flowers was backed by a Kickstarter campaign.
We reached our fundraising goal and were able to produce a great performance. We delivered professionally recorded CDs and DVDs to our backers, along with designed packaging, scorebooks, manuscript originals, posters and souvenirs.
"Plastic Flowers" was a success. We are moving to the next level: We were a group of friends with a dream, now we are an Opera Company.
It is a greater challenge, and we are making it happen. It needs the work of many people, it needs a community: artists, artisans and entrepreneurs. People who are not afraid of working hard to create something special.
We are really positive about this concert and look forward to continue on this road with many more projects.
We will deliver your rewards, on time, as promised, like we did last year. Of course, there are variables in something as large as an opera company. The stage that may stretch in time is post-production: audio mixing and video editing. If we feel that anything is late on our production line, we will communicate with you and reevaluate delivery dates. Please bear with us in the eventuality of any delays. You can be sure we want to make you proud and happy, so we may all move together to the next production, as soon as possible.
We are dreaming big! Bless us with your trust and let us know your thoughts and ideas, we will work together to make it happen.
Credits to The Company:
(crew, team, collaborators and cast)
Mariana Costa Pinto
Sheyla de Castilho
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