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With State funding for the arts minimal, it is more important than ever that people who support the Guild’s programs contribute. We have been at the forefront of revivals of early American musicals, and have created new performing versions of European operas and operettas, utilizing our unique combination of professional and amateur performers.
In 2015-16, the Comic Opera Guild created an initiative to bring new audiences to the opera by mounting, in a new English version, an all-time favorite, Rossini’s THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, Feb. 25-27 in Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor, and touring, without guaranteed fee, to three other counties in Michigan. The Guild needed to raise fundin for this project in the absence of State support, waging its solvency in the belief that there was still a base of music lovers who would rally to our side by contributing to our campaign. Private donations and grants from the Weatherwax and Ponting Foundations allowed this project to be successfully completed.
The 2016 HAROLD HAUGH LIGHT OPERA VOCAL COMPETITION was held Saturday, April 9, 2016 in Jackson, Michigan, and over $6,000 in prizes were awarded. It is the only competition of its type, with an emphasis on light opera music. Incorporating this type of music into their repertoire prepares singers to act as well as they sing. Again, funding was raised through private donations.
Our recordings of the shows of Herbert and Kern have gained national attention, since they are often the only recordings available. They have been ordered by museums and collectors, and are available to any fan of American operetta and early Broadway. Last summer, we recorded the 34th and 35th Victor Herbert shows, The Dream Girl, The Song Birds and The Wizard of the Nile in our continuing project to record all of the American master's shows.
We’d love to see you as part of our audience, and the Haugh Vocal Competition. Without private contributions, however, we will have to go into debt to cover this ambitious program, and it may never be possible again.
We Need Your Support
Your support will allow these great vocal projects to continue. For last year’s concerts, singers had to learn over 1000 pages of music. This amount of dedication and talent deserve your sponsorship, so we hope you’ll want to keep our 43 year tradition alive.
The Comic Opera Guild is 501 c(3) not-for-profit organization. Your contribution is eligible for a deduction on your Federal tax forms.
All donors will receive our newsletter at the beginning of the year, listing details of the upcoming SHOWS and FESTIVALS. Please click on the link below for a PDF file of the form for your contribution...
and THANK YOU.