Funded! This project was successfully funded on April 3, 2012.

Update #13

Greetings from Minnesota Opera!

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It’s hard to believe that one year ago this week we launched the fundraising campaign for The Giver. Thank you again for your support of Minnesota Opera's first-ever campaign on Kickstarter. Your generosity helped make this new opera for kids a success!

The Project Opera members are back in rehearsal, and will perform three one-act operas February 22-23 at The Lab Theater, just next door to the Opera Center. The works include Stephen Paulus’ Shoes for the Santo Niño (Paulus is a former MN resident and U of MN alumni), Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde (2013 is the centenary of Britten’s birth) and Kurt Weill’s Down in the Valley (Weill’s other works include Street Scene and The Threepenny Opera). Follow this link to purchase tickets to these wonderful productions: http://www.mnopera.org/one-acts

Minnesota Opera also brings opera education and community outreach to greater Minnesota. This past fall, Bergen Baker, our Teaching Artist, was in Austin, MN for a successful school and community residency. For a video of this exciting effort, which brought the magic of opera to more than 3,000 kids and 1,500 adults, follow this link: http://youtu.be/O2hSI0fEoik

The quality of Minnesota Opera’s programs and their ability to impact the lives of thousands of families every year is truly thanks to generous financial contributions. If you would like to continue your support of education at Minnesota Opera, please contact me directly at jwolf@mnopera.org or 612-342-9569. Every gift is so important, and makes an incredible difference. 

We hope to see you at the opera very soon!

All the best,

Jenna Wolf

Individual Gifts Officer

jwolf@mnopera.org


Update #12

First webcast of THE GIVER tonight - 8PM ET/7PM CT

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The recent Project Opera production of The Giver will be streamed on the web tonight at 7PM CT and also on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 1PM CT. These free webcasts can be accessed at the link below - please join us for these online encores of The Giver!

http://operamusicbroadcast.com/2012/05/14/the-giver-opera-may-18th-7pm-et-streaming-video/

Join/share the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/303353663080301/


Update #10

THE GIVER webcasts

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The recent Project Opera production of The Giver will be streamed on the web on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 7pm (Central Time) and Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 1pm (Central Time). These free webcasts can be accessed at the link below.

Thank you again for your support, and enjoy the encore (online) performances of The Giver!

http://operamusicbroadcast.com/


Update #9

Just two days until sold out run of THE GIVER at Minnesota Opera!

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Thank you to all of our Kickstarter backers for helping to make our online fundraising campaign for The Giver a success! In addition to the excitement of surpassing the goal, all of the performances of this new opera for kids are sold out, and the work has received national attention (see link to WQXR's Operavore post below).

If you didn't get a chance to purchase a ticket, or if you would like to refresh your memory of the music before attending this weekend, check out the YouTube playlist (link below) for videos featuring the talented members of Project Opera preparing for this weekend's performances. Also, thank you to our friends at Yes Nonsense who donated their time and talents to produce all of our Kickstarter video content.

We look forward to seeing you at the opera very soon - thank you again for your support!

The Giver YouTube Playlist: http://ow.ly/awiXD 

Operavore post: http://www.wqxr.org/blogs/operavore/2012/apr/17/young-adult-fiction-dystopian-opera/


Update #8

We're in the home stretch - just 24 hours left!

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There are just 24 hours left for The Giver Kickstarter campaign. Pledges continue to roll in, and we are very close to reaching the goal! Please continue to share the project link with friends and family to help spread the word. Also, enjoy a new video (link below) showcasing the faces of Project Opera, who will bring The Giver to the stage in April.

Thank you for your support of this exciting new opera for kids!

Kickstarter campaign link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/minnesotaopera/project-opera-presents-the-giver-a-new-opera-for-k

A Closer Look at The Giver - The Faces of Project Opera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caOMEdturNY


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