Opera Unlimited seeks to promote appreciation and understanding of music, especially opera, by introducing it to school-aged children throughout New Mexico. Upon request, we present professional opera performances to elementary schools and libraries across the state.
In 1990 a group of professional educators, musicians, and theatrical performers founded Opera Unlimited in the mutual concern that children were lacking more and more in an acquaintance with opera. Unique in our approach, Opera Unlimited is the only non-profit performance company dedicated to the children of the New Mexico.
Each year we operate an outreach program which is available throughout New Mexico. This program offers operas specifically designed to fit into the schedule of the schools and libraries we visit while remaining fun and exciting for the children with a question and answer period if time allows after the performance. Opera Unlimited has performed to over 50 schools and libraries, and 22,000 children annually. Presently we are touring Jack and the Beanstalk, Aesop's Fables, and Three Billy Goats Gruff. For more information or to schedule a performance please contact our Outreach Performance Coordinator Warren Wilgus at (505) 219-1998 or email@example.com.
For the past 19 years, Opera Unlimited has conducted a summer camp that educated children in the many aspects of music and theater by producing an operetta presented to the public at the end of camp. Due to COVID-19, we were unable to hold an in-person camp in 2020. Instead, we had a virtual camp where the participants learned all about how to become a character including how to use their bodies when acting and singing, and how to use make-up and costume to define their character. They also learned what it is like to be a professional Gilbert & Sullivan actor in New York City and how a musician writes and opera.
COVID-19 has again prevented us from having a "normal" in-person camp in 2021. After we started planning for a 2-week hybrid camp for 2021 relying heavily on Zoom, we realized that many kids were "Zoomed-out" and weren't interested in this. Thus we reluctantly decided not to hold a camp in 2021 and concentrate on planning a full, 5-week in-person camp in 2022. This camp will culminate in productions of Gilbert & Sullivan's Trial by Jury, and Hans Krasa's Brundibar. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, GO TO 2022 Summer Opera Day Camp Information. For further information, please contact Cy Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.