Opera Kelowna launches donation campaign to reunite with audiences

Opera Kelowna Launches four-month Matching Campaign to help reunite with audiences

Opera Kelowna is excited to launch its new four-month Monthly Matching Campaign with a goal of raising $40 000 between now and March 31.

Following successive seasons in which the Opera was unable to undertake its usual revenue generating activities due to COVID-19, raising these funds will ensure it can continue serving Okanagan communities into 2022.

Despite restrictions on funding and venues, over the past two seasons the Opera has found creative ways to continue reaching audiences safely, through Sidewalk Serenades for seniors living in care and communal housing, and community concerts. Optimism abounds that the Opera can continue expanding these community activities and also bring back full-scale productions in 2022.

The vision of Opera Kelowna is expressed through its dedication to four pillars:

  • productions,
  • community engagement,
  • education and
  • accessibility.

Each month of the matching campaign will shine a spotlight on one of these four areas, to celebrate past accomplishments and share upcoming plans to develop and enrich the Opera’s activities.

Starting today, and through March 2022, public donations will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $5000 by community leaders that have committed to the company’s future.

Visit the Opera Kelowna website to view each month’s champion donor and learn more about the campaign’s four themes.

Artistic Director Rosemary Thomson says, “We are building Opera Kelowna to be a vibrant, innovative opera company that celebrates artistic imagination, reflects relevance for our time, and connects with our community. We are so grateful to be doing this work and truly hope local residents will support us in this vision.”

In recognition of those who commit their support early, Opera Kelowna will invite the first 50 people who make a four-month commitment of $50 per month or more to a special event in the spring.

Gifts can be made security via Canada Helps at: https://www.operakelowna.com/donate.

Shawn Talbot Photography

Photo by Taylor Wilson

Kelly Coubrough, Rosemary Thomson, and Stephanie Tritchew perform at the Hotel El Dorado, September 2, 2021

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