Greetings Opera-Lovers everywhere!
Opera Manhattan has recently gone through a major over-haul to the structure of the company, the mission and vision of where the company fits into this crazy world of witches and cowboys, gods and water nymphs, humans and mythical serpents. I am excited to report that we have returned to our original mission in this enchanted world -- development of the entrepreneurial-minded artist. Simply put, Opera Manhattan is returning to its roots.
You might say that many companies already cater to young and emerging artists through YAP's (Young Artist Programs). That is true. Yet, there seems to be a black hole into which artists fall between their education and the career for which they are expected to be prepared. They receive little or no on-stage experience singing full roles.
Additionally, YAP's typically have age limits and do not help worthy singers grow into a career that for some artists might not start until their late 30's. One day 10 years down the road, these young artists are expected to step out onto a big stage and be able to perform an opera with larger-than-life characters and be great. Yet, how do they do this if they never get the opportunity to grow as an artist ON THE STAGE?
That is where Opera Manhattan comes in! Identifying talented emerging artists and giving them a home where they can: cultivate the roles they will become known for in the future; research and develop these amazingly dramatic characters; learn marketing, taxes, networking, entrepreneurship and assertive communication; and simply grow through self-exploration. These are the simple things artists so desperately need to learn and develop, yet never seem to learn in a traditional YAP or educational setting.
Opera Manhattan -- A Company for Artists by Artists -- is returning to its roots! It will be the company for artists that are local, organic, home-grown American talent.
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