Why Opera? Why Now?

Roundtable with opera singers from across the US discussing COVID and what it means for singing with others in public during a global pandemic

Roundtable Speakers:

Daniel Bates, Tenor

Nicholas Davis, Baritone

Elena Galvan, Soprano

Emily Pulley, Soprano

Ben Robinson, Opera Ithaca artistic director and tenor

Megnot Toggia, Soprano

Moderated by Patricia Zimmermann, Codirector of FLEFF

Watch and listen to our panelists sing

Enjoy these videos of Daniel Bates, Nicholas Bates, Elena Galvan, and Emily Pulley to get a sampling of their operatic virtuosity. It's a way to get to know them and their performances prior to our Why Opera?  Why Now? roudtable

Opera Ithaca

Opera Ithaca is Ithaca NY's professional opera company. Co-founded in 2014 by Zachary James and Lynn Craver, Opera Ithaca is now in its the sixth season, Opera Ithaca opened its doors with Bartok's BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE and has gone on to produce DON GIOVANNI, DIE FLEDERMAUS, ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO, THUMBPRINT, CENERENTOLA, the professional premiere of IL SOGNO by Kristin Hevner Wyatt and the world premiere of BILLY BLYTHE by Bonnie Montgomery. In addition to stage productions, Opera Ithaca is committed to providing a consistent venue for classical vocal music and programs concerts and community outreach events in Ithaca and the surrounding region.

Opera Ithaca is committed to educating the singers of tomorrow and with that goal in mind started an Apprentice Artist program which provides opportunities to young singers who are in between formal training and a professional career. These young singers are cast in supporting roles, sing in the chorus, understudy principal singers and perform in concerts and community outreach events. 

Opera Ithaca is committed to diverse programming. Opera Ithaca produces thoughtful productions of classic operatic repertoire as well as contemporary works, world premieres, and family-friendly programming. Opera Ithaca champions the work of women by including an opera penned by a woman each season.

Opera Ithaca is proud to be an Associate Company Member of Opera America, the National Service Organization for opera, and The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York.

Opera Ithaca is the recipient of 2019 NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program) .

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