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Westminster Opera Co (WOCo) presents its 10th Anniversary Season with a sumptuous production of Verdi's La Traviata.
Westminster Opera Co (WOCo) presents its 10th Anniversary Season with a sumptuous production of Verdi's La Traviata.
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Celebrating a decade of support for WOCo's Emerging Artists

2018 is WOCo's 10th Anniversary season. To celebrate 23 Emerging Artists have been brought together to perform one of the greatest love stories in opera, Verdi's La Traviata. From the waltzes and polkas of Act 1 to the heart rending simplicity of "Addio, del passato” in Act 3. Alfredo's love, Germont's disapproval, and above all Violetta's self-sacrifice as she gives up all hope of happiness, will be played out with irresistible allure on the stage at the Château de Panloy

How did WOCo come about? 

WOCo was born out of a visit to the Château de Panloy during which Guy Hopkins, WOCo's Founder and Musical Director had a hunch that this was the perfect venue for outdoor opera. Guy's long-held ambition was to create a company that nurtured the talent of emerging young singers, players, design and stage team members.  Fortunately the Marquis de Grailly, the Château's owner, was willing to open up his home to this shared endeavour. 

What does WOCo do? 

WOCo aims to produce opportunities for emerging young professional singers, players, design and stage team members. These young artists of all nationalities are frequently completing, or have completed, advanced studies in singing, playing, design and stage management in colleges with international reputations and are now seeking opportunities to enrich their stage experience. 

Over the past 10 years WOCo has been able to support over 200 Emerging Artists to hone their craft in preparation for a professional career on the operatic stage. In doing so WOCo has also created enchanting evenings of opera for audiences in South West France and the UK. The company has performed Handel, Purcell, Puccini, Donizetti, Mozart, Rossini - and for this 10th anniversary, Verdi. 

Why does WOCo need funds? 

We are raising funds to support this ambitious performance of La Traviata which requires funding for 23 young professionals whose mentoring and support during the project costs £500 per Emerging Artist. WOCo relies on the generosity of individual donors in the UK and France to supplement box office receipts and a grant from INDEPENDENT OPERA at Sadler's Wells for which we are extremely grateful. But more is needed - funds raised this year will: 

  • Enable a truly sumptuous production of La Traviata
  • Continue to support WOCo's Emerging Artists at the cusp of their professional careers

Risks and challenges

The greatest risk to the 10th anniversary production of La Traviata is being unable to raise sufficient funds to support the 23 Emerging Artists (singers, players, designers and production team members) who have been accepted on to the programme this year. We need £500 per Emerging Artist to support their mentoring, accommodation and subsistence plus £6,000 for the typical opera production costs of set construction, costume creation, prop hire and production transport costs. We always keep our costs to a minimum and maximize the use of volunteer support from our company directors and others, but it nevertheless takes significant funding to ensure the highest standards of mentoring experience and production values for each performance.

In the main our challenges are overcome by the fantastic generosity of individual donors such as you, together with the esprit de corps develop in the process of building an opera. As our Patron Ian Bostridge has said,

'It has never been more important to support emerging artists - musicians, singers, designers and everyone else who contributes to the total spectacle of opera. It's particularly important that artists have real opportunities to perform and produce early in their career.'

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    WOCo Friends are the company's lifeblood, enabling us to continue to create enchanting opera for the next decade. Pledging £50 will enable you to become a Friend of WOCo. You'll receive company updates and advance notices of events in London and France.

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    Supporting us in this way will help our Emerging Artists programme significantly. You will become a Friend of WOCo and receive invitations to our open rehearsals held in London in July.

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    1) Membership of the WOCo Friends
    2) Invitations to our open rehearsals held in London in July
    3) Listing on the 2018 10th Anniversary programme as a production supporter
    4) Seating of your choice at the performances of La Traviata at the Château de Panloy on 31st July and 2nd August

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    You are a star thank you. You are supporting an individual Emerging Artist to be mentored in the 2018 programme. You will receive.
    1) Membership of the WOCo Friends
    2) Invitations to our open rehearsals held in London in July
    3) Listing on the 2018 10th Anniversary programme as a supporter of a specific Emerging Artist
    4) Two tickets to the 2018 production of La Traviata on either 31st July or 2nd August

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