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Up-and-coming opera company needs additional funding for its production of The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Utopia Unlimited Opera Company is a up-and-coming ensemble based in New York City committed to entertaining the masses with fresh and artistically rich operatic productions while providing NYC singers with opportunities to perform roles for the first time and hone their craft in an encouraging and supportive environment. Focusing on (but not limiting ourselves to) French, English, and Italian repertoire of the 19th century, Utopia is committed to preserving the art of opera and introducing the medium to new audiences while still thrilling and entertaining veteran audiences.

The opera The Gondoliers is the opening show for Utopia's '12-'13 season, to be performed at Lang Hall at Hunter College on the 28th and 29th of September. The cast includes such up-and-coming singers as sopranos Alexis Cregger, Kelsey Peters, and Allegra Durante, tenor Victor Ziccardi, counter-tenor Nicholas Tamagna, and baritone Luis González. The production is staged and music-directed by company founder William Remmers, a specialist in Victorian opera. The singers will receive Italian language coaching from Eva Parr and English dialect coaching from Robert BK Dewar in addition to having the opportunity to work with and help foster the talents of up-and-coming pianists such as Peter Fancovic, a recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music.

What we need: The company wants to provide all of this with little, if any, cost to the singers.. For this production, each member of the cast is donating a small amount of money out of their love for the art and in pursuit of their professional ambitions. Unfortunately, this is not enough, and the company still requires a considerable amount to cover the expenses associated with accompanist fees and the rental of the performance venue. Your donation will help us reach that goal! With your help, we can put the company in such a position financially that future singers with the group will not need to contribute their own money to the cost of the productions, making their participation cost them only their investment of time and effort.

Thank you very much for reading, and we hope to see you in the audience later this month!

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    A special thank you, two preferred-seating tickets, a DVD of The Gondoliers for either performance, and two tickets for any the later productions in our '12-'13 season (La Fille du Régiment, Le Médecin Malgré Lui, and Pagliacci).

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    A special thank you, two preferred-seating tickets, a DVD of The Gondoliers for either performance, and a '11-'12 season DVD of your choice: (Iolanthe, Yeomen of the Guard, Tales of Hoffmann: Antonia/Trial By Jury).

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    A special thank you, two preferred-seating tickets, and a DVD of The Gondoliers for either performance, and all three of our '11-'12 season DVDs: (Iolanthe, Yeomen of the Guard, Tales of Hoffmann: Antonia/Trial By Jury).

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    A special thank you, two preferred-seating tickets for The Gondoliers, a DVD of the Gondoliers, '12-'13 season ticket package for two (all three shows + additional concerts), full set of '11-'12 season DVDs.

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