Mtzo Martinez Opera, Inc.

Rating: 4.5 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 1211 Grandview Ave Martinez CA 94553 USA

Mission: The vision of the opera company is to establish a center where children, teens and adults can experience and be part of a classical arts organization dedicated to education and appreciation of the fine art of Opera and classical music. Martinez Opera Contra Costa is dedicated to providing the community with numerous programs that engage all socioeconomic levels , age groups, and ethnticities.  Martinez Opera Contra Costa is committed to the realization of the Contra Costa County Cultural Plan, prepared by the Arts and Culture commission of Contra Costa County, which emphisies the importance of arts education, outreach , advocacy and communication. Martinez Opera Contra Costa also recognizes the arts as an emerging potent force in the ecomomic life of cities and rural areas and embracess the restoration and revitalization of communities through the arts, by bringing about a cultural renaissance in the County which will unite communities and create economic opportunity. It is important for non-profit arts organizations to take a role in the lives of youth. The concept of getting ?children off the streets? is a reality and shared by law enforcement officials, California Lawyers for the Arts, Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County and Martinez Opera Contra Costa. Preventing delinquency is a real problem when youth have no outlets. This problem can be addressed with in a positive, progressive and enriching environment. Martinez Opera Contra Costa believes that our program Pro-Production can impact students by exposing them to a theatrical experience from the ground up thus acting as a mentor and cultivator of positive interaction rather than the latter, negative behavior. Teach a child to paint or write poetry and it could help cut down on childhood delinquency and catch ?at risk? youth before their behavior turns into a public problem.  ?California Arts and Healthy Communities? a symposium of art advocates. Lawyers and law enforcement officials concluded that organizations with the capacity to help ?at risk youth? should increase their programs. Martinez Opera Contra Costa aims to build with this alliance already in motion for involving youth in arts. ?It has been shown that the arts reduce crimes and recidivism, if you can get involved in those activities, any kid, no matter what socioeconomic strata, will benefit. The more positives you can put in front of them, the more they will not be involved in anti-social behavior.? Alma Robinson California Lawyers for the Arts.
Geographic areas served: Northern California

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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My entire family...especially my chirdren have benefited greatly from the creative performances we have had the pleasure to experience due to MTZO. MTZO has given us the opportunity to grow in the world of arts. My children now know what an opera is and what beauty a soprano and tenor bring to the world. I hope that MTZO will continue to dazzle. We look forward to so much more. Thank you MTZO.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

having the opportunity to attend the opera and several children's shows that were professional and entertaining.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the continued efforts that are made to keep the arts available to all of us. I know the board works very hard to stay financially solvent in order to keeep MTZO alive.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fabulous and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

educate and entertain the world in ways many do not know...due to the deication and hard work of the volunteers and the board members.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I have attended both productions put on by Martinez Opera. The high quality of artists and musicians make it a true opera experience. To have this quality of performing in downtown Martinez, is something that I never expected and I am so pleased that it is happening. Being a professional opera singer, I am thrilled to see that the Martinez community can have this art form brought right to their doorstep. I only hope that more people will support the company and keep it going.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Enjoying the opera productions

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

To have a high quality performing group so close to home.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very kind and helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Perform in a larger venue

Ways to make it better...

Not to charge for programs

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Do not know.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish for continued success.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

The Martinez Opera provides high quality opera performances at an affordable cost. I have volunteered for the opera and am always impressed by the commitment of the Executive Director Maria Billingsley. She is the lifeblood of the opera. It is amazing to me that our small town can produce the caliber of performance that we do. We have gotten rave reviews from the San Francisco Chronicle and people come from all over the Bay Area to attend our opera. It is something we're very proud of here in Martinez. We do, however, always need support and funding from the community. Maria stages bi-monthly Dine with a Diva dinner events which draw about 80 people from our community and is a highly successful fundraiser. As a volunteer, I have paritipcated in many events and find each event highly rewarding. It feels wonderful to be in the thick of things and know that I am supporting a community treasure. Fellow volunteers are highly committed as well.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending the excellent performances that this local company puts on, bringing quality professionals from around the country to perform here.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The opportunity to be a part of something that is of high caliber and contributes so much to the community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Equally committed to ensuring that this local opera company thrives and endures.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Find a permanent place to store scenery, costumes and props needed to stage an opera. Further, the Executive Director could be relieved of paying expenses from her own pocket to keep the opera afloat.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

Great shows. It's amazing that a little town like Martinez -- population about 35000 -- has an opera. A first-rate one too.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing shows, getting to know first-rate young singers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

it wouldn't be the same. It needs lots more than it has, but its character is right at the level of a few $100k/year. Which it greatly needs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

Hubby and I went to a fund raiser for the MTZO recently for its "Dine with a Diva" dinner. What a fabulous time we had. The diva of the day was a young beautiful woman who had the voice of an angel. We need to keep the MTZO in Martinez because it is a jewel. The folks behind the MTZO (Maria Billingsly and friends) work very hard to raise funds for the opera to have a permanent home. We are so lucky to have them. Go MTZO!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

fund raising efforts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to get the City Council to help them out like they help the Willows Theatre

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They genuinely want to be in Martinez

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind and enthusiastic

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create a permanent home and be able to put on great shows

Ways to make it better...

More people contributed.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the Economy and all that entails

One thing I'd also say is that...

Even if you don't like opera, the talent and music is wonderful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

It is such a delight to have a local opera company, especially when the performances are so exceptional. This is from people who have seen opera in Paris, Santa Fe, Walnut Creek and San Francisco. Keep up the good work

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending two operas and Dining with a Diva.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The interesting people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

compete with the best companies in the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The Martinez Opera Company is wonderful. I have gone to several of their productions both small and large scale and have been delighfully entertained. The quality of talent is superb. Costume and set designs have been spectacular given their small budget. I would reccommned anyone to see one of their productions. Your money is well invested on a ticket!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

In my experience I cannot come up with any changes that need to take place. May be in the future one will present itself.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Is the professionalism and obvious hardworl gone into the productions

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind and professional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

take the opera world by storm!

Ways to make it better...

As of this writing my experience has been more than satisfactory. Go MTZO!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The biggest challenge I have heard is coming up with enough funding to make these fabulous productions possible. Maybe creative ways of fundraising would be a help.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Fell In love with Opera, by listing to rehersals of MTZO across the street, from our home in Martinez. We now enjoy all kinds of Opera and are big supporters of MTZO. Highly recommend attending one of MTZO performances ond/or benefits!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Pride in community involvement

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more $, than I personally have

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Getting to know opera singers through home stays

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fun to be around

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

BLOSSOM! As the company has a great reputation for world class singers

Ways to make it better...

I had joined earlier

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding and City support

One thing I'd also say is that...

Attend the MTZO OPERA!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

As volunteer I was treated with dignity and respect. The staff is of the highest caliber. More so the performance I was able to enjoy was far beyond my expectations and was a first class opera performance.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The cordiality and the fun of working with them

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Great folks

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Produce lots of great opera performances

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I attended the 2008 perfromance of M. Butterfly on a lark - I had a friend who got me in as a ticketer. I am originally from New York and have attended numerous live performances at the Metropolitan Opera House there. So when I saw M. Butterfly in Martinez I wasn't sure what to expect. Since I didn't pay for it, whatever it was would have been OK. Instead what I saw and heard made me feel like I was again at a professional opera house. While it is a small company relying on many volunteers and local supporters, the producers really know talent and so there were some of the finest young voices in opera right here in Martinez. Also the small but professional orchestral group was as good as the singers. Actually I was amazed. From my standpoint there is nothing to be critical about in any negative sense. I thought the performance was easily worth spending $50 for. (Note - the last time I went to the Met I spent $110 for an orchestra seat - and that was 20 or 30 years ago. Of course in the wonderful MTZ H.S. performance center every seat is an orchestra seat! Mr. Leslie SPaiser

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

N/A

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing different

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Exceptionally friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have more performances

Ways to make it better...

Nothing

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial

One thing I'd also say is that...

It's a remarkable organization

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been enjoyed Opera for many years. I have not missed any of the Martinez Opera performances and I am really impressed for the quality of them, Martinez Opera is always very careful in bringing the best to the public, not only in regards to the singers which is the most important thing but also in the way everything is set up on the stage. I am aware of the extra activities that Martinez Opera does with children which help to educate them about what good music means. I want to point that I have seen Madame Butterfly in several occasions including one performance done at the New York Metropolitan House which was run by PBS, but in my opinion the one done by Martinez Opera has been the best. Good way to go MTZO! I hope we can enjoy another good performace pretty soon. Elizabeth Hernandez Concord, CA.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Bringing more quality on the performances.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

They are helpful and nice with the public.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have its own theatre and be sufficient.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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