"Audience Friendly, Singer Friendly"
Since 1996, COPA has performed mostly standard works featuring professional and emerging artists in intimate settings for an up close and personal approach to opera. This is a powerful experience for newcomers to the world of opera and an exciting appreciation of artists and their emotional intensity for those who already love opera. It is a unique setting for a new and different hearing of major works. COPA therefore proudly boasts “Singer friendly, Audience friendly.”
We believe in the power of opera performed in intimate settings. To that end, we produce performances in diverse locales throughout the Delaware Valley region. We provide a collaborative platform for emerging and established artists while presenting educational opportunities for our audiences through each production.
To nurture and support the next generation of opera professionals while bringing the finest artistic experience to a broader public.
ConcertOPERA is usually performed in the concert style which allows one to intimately experience the beauty and intricacies of the music and follow the story line in a simpler setting. While it is always exciting to experience the many facets of fully-staged performances of opera, we present stage directed action with appropriate but light costuming, including chamber orchestra and supertitles.
We offer a chamber experience to our audiences, as we present in intimate theaters of maximum 350 seats. The proximity to the artists provides a unique experience not possible in larger theaters. Our motives are highly educational both for singer and for audiences. Our programs are informational and explanatory to afford ease of comprehension and enjoyment.
In addition, our audiences are very diverse. Because of the nature of our broad and varied locations of our members, we have attracted many of our audiences from the suburbs of Philadelphia and have testimonials of many who were able to see their first opera with ConcertOPERA. Some have become donors to our company, steadfast attendees each season, and have become season subscribers to other area opera companies.
This season we broaden our outreach once again into South Jersey with a performance at the Ritz Theater Company in Haddon Heights, NJ. We also have moved from our Delaware County location to Saint Mary's Episcopal Church in Wayne, Pa. As well, we repeat our appearances at Christ Church in Old City, Philadelphia and International House of Philadelphia on Chestnut Street in University City. Our movement to two new venues each in the past three years evidences our audience appeal and growth and enhanced seating accommodations. All four venues seat from 350- 600 guests.
Ensemble accompaniment has included as small as four to nine pieces and as large as 90 players. Piano accompaniment is often an appropriate choice for chamber opera, as well.
We fill a niche for the singer who has completed his/her studies but is not quite ready for the highest professional echelons of the business and needs more experience or simply to build his/her resume. We differ in that we are not an educational institution offering experience to our clientele, but opportunities to those who are already working in the business.
In addition, we have continually added high school singers to our choruses for three seasons we have invited them to perform minor segments. For instance, 2003's Die Fledermaus included a high school senior with operatic and musical theater aspirations in the role of Ida and an aspiring young tenor who had previously frequented our choruses, in the role of Dr. Blind. In 2005, we presented a soldiers chorus of high school students from the Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP). We also have welcomed the small children’s chorus from Collegium Charter School in Exton, Pa.
Every one of our performances includes young artists and gives them the opportunities to work with seasoned professionals.
Peter Castaldi, Robert Demers, Andrea Fiorenza, Lisa Lockhart, Patrick Lynch, Moira Girard, Frank Jacobs, James Stieber, Penelope Shumate, Edward Albert, Heather Hill, John Tiranno, David Gordon, Judd Ernst, Tatyana Rashkovsky, Megan Monaghan, Evelyn Santiago, Paula Rivera-Dantagnon, Injoon Yang, Ema Mitrovic, Paul Corujo, Galina Sakhnovskaya, Eric T. Dubin, Moses Yungbae Yang, Sungji Kim, Jesus Daniel Hernandez, Christina Lamberti, Daniel Oh, and many more.