“Opera on the River” Press Release

“Opera on the River” Press Release

Join Operatunity Theatre for “Opera on the ‘Virtual’ River” Saturday, August 1: an engaging summertime concert featuring opera and musical theatre favorites from the “Sound of Music “and “Oklahoma” to “The Barber of Seville” and “La Traviata”. This second-annual event features Stillwater native and multi-award-winning international opera singer Jack Swanson, along with Katherine Henly, John Moore, and Zoie Reams. The instrumental chamber musicians will be conducted by Andrew Sun, who works with Minnesota Opera. 

After the rousing success of 2019’s initial “Opera on the River” on the banks of the St. Croix in Stillwater’s Lowell Park, Operatunity Theatre is thrilled to be able to offer a free, socially-distanced concert that can convey the power and emotion of opera and musical theatre to audiences across the Twin Cities and beyond. “Opera on the ‘Virtual’ River” will be live-streamed online from an idyllic outdoor setting near downtown Stillwater. Please visit www.operatunitytheatre.org/ootr2020 for the latest on which channels the concert will be streamed.

While this year’s event cannot invite in-person gathering in the heart of downtown Stillwater, Operatunity Theatre is still collaborating with local organizations and businesses to celebrate the vibrancy of the arts, restaurants, and the overall community in the St. Croix Valley area. 

“We are so excited that the dream team here at Operatunity Theatre has found a creative way to follow our mission of offering live performance ‘operatunities’ to audiences and artists during this stressful time while work in the performing arts is scarce,” says Obed Floan, the Executive Director of Operatunity Theatre. “The power that music and the performing arts, especially live performances, have to heal the soul and give comfort to everyone, no matter what community you come from is transformative, and we hope that this concert event brings people together and provides a little of that comfort and joy.” 

In addition, Ms. Henly and Mr. Swanson will be featured in a preview concert prior to “Opera on the ‘Virtual’ River” on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 7 pm. Their repertoire will consist of works by Bernstein, Rossini, Puccini, and Rodgers and Hammerstein, and will be live-streamed from the outdoor porch of the Rivertown Inn in Stillwater. To register for the July 23 preview concert, please visit our website at www.operatunitytheatre.org.

Operatunity Theatre Admin

Operatunity Theatre is a new non-profit opera/musical theatre company with headquarters in Stillwater, MN. The mission of Operatunity Theatre is to produce high quality musical performances in the Twin Cities East Metro (specifically the Stillwater/St. Croix River Valley) area that enrich the arts environment and help amateur artists advance their careers by performing alongside experienced professionals. Our vision is to establish Stillwater and its surroundings as a regional music cultural center with a vibrant community of emerging and professional artists. The goal of the organization is to curate an ongoing regular season of opera/musical theatre productions in Stillwater, including an annual summer music festival, to achieve these ends. We propose providing talented singers from the region the opportunity to gain the stage experience they need move from emerging/amateur status into a full professional career, sustainably bridging the arts in this region to the rest of the nation/world in the process.

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