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March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

This opera company provides excellent art with little to no cost to those who benefit from it--singers, listeners, and charities. Don Giovanni and Alcina were my favorites. The singing is on par or better than any other operas in the state, but the set designs are less elaborate, presumably to keep costs at a minimum.

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

...be the best opera company in the country at not only the art of opera, but at bringing it to all people from all strata of society.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

I have sung with this organization and find it to be quite a rewarding experience. HHOC has given me, an emerging professional singer, a chance to learn roles and perform with other talented singers, both emerging professionals and professionals, and orchestra. I do this for free, but at other places I would have to pay to do this, and the experience here is much better and really helps me grow as a singer. Plus it is right in my home town so I don't have to travel and neither do my friends to come see me!

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

getting a chance to perform roles without having to travel.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

The Hillhouse Opera Company breathes life and vitality into its community by joining people of varying backgrounds and ages together in music and art. As opera in the community, H.O.C. also promotes social awareness and activism linking art to action in the form of social artistry, most recently in support of the people of Haiti. Both the president of the company, and the music director, the very accomplished Perry Price, are extremely generous in sharing and communicating, the fine qualities of the human condition as expressed and explored in opera. The work of this company inspires those who come into contact with it, to make living an an art. It is an honor to have such a program in our community.

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

The company cultivates young artists, together with experienced artists, uniting in a lovely combination of vitality, freshness, artistic sensitivity, and elegance.

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

Always warm and welcoming, generous with their time and effort, willing to help and lend a hand. Also, supportive and enthusiastc, and peaceful in spirit.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I have been to all their performances. They put on excellent operas, scenes programs, and concerts all for free for the community (there is only suggested donations.) I have been edified at all of them.

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

...passionate about sharing this edifying art with all people of every walk of life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I sang in three productions, and helped with production in a variety of capacities. I feel that singing roles with the company gave me a lot of experience as an artist (I am a young soprano, and there's a lot of competition out there!. Doing backstage work helped me pick up some valuable skills that I have been able to apply to other activities. Hillhouse has certainly helped me grow as an artist and a person.

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

the ability to start out with nothing and make a fun and enjoyable show. There's usually very small budget, yet people come out with some amazing work.

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

finding out I could do things I never thought I could. I was especially proud of the scene I directed in last year's show. I was given the freedom to do a piece I felt strongly about, and the singers put 110% into the interpretation.

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

Dedication at all levels. The chorus in particular is made up of really fantastic community members with positive energy.

Ways to make it better...

There was a little more money in the budget. Although we seem to make do with very little, it would help to be able to rent more suitable performing spaces for the productions.

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

the lack of really good spaces for an affordable price in our location, both for rehearsal and performance.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

I had the opportunity to peform leading roles with HHOC on two occasions: singing Don Ottavio in "Don Giovanni" in October 2008 and singing a varied program of opera scenes on April of 2009. Both productions were extremely ambitious. Don Giovanni was produced with orchestra and was very well attended. The opera scenes program utilized a large group of local talent and pulled off a performance that was something to be proud of. The energy and industry of the founding members of this group is the kind of backbone that any organization would want. I believe that State Funding would be a logical next step in getting HHOC on the map and attracting the attention and support that it deserves.

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

sofar that I was given very valuable performing opportunities. It was a pleasure to work with such wonderful colleagues.

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

look for a permanent space that they can call home.

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

the enthusiasm about opera.

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

extremely giving.

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

make an enormous contribution to the artistic landscape of the State of CT.

Ways to make it better...

more resources were available. Nonetheless, what they were able to accomplish with what they had was remarkable.

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

developing partnerships in the community. Joining forces with a resident orchestra, or forming one, would be a formidable accomplishment.

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

HHOC deserves enormous credit for what it has accomplished thus far. It just goes to show how powerful a positive attitude can be.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

Hillhouse Opera Company represents a coalescence of professional opera talent with local amateur musicians and singers. If Lincoln Center has been criticized for putting opera on a pedestal -- quite literally, given that it floats on platform plaza elevated up from the sidewalk -- then Hillhouse Opera Company is the exact opposite: a way to make opera fresh and accessible without compromising quality. It brings opera into the heart of Connecticut communities by inviting people from all walks of life to participate in a myriad of ways, ranging from set designer to chorus member to cellist. This engages not only those who directly participate in productions, but also their friends, family, and colleagues, who now have a "hook" into the world of opera that makes them more inclined to attend. As such, Hillhouse reaches out to whole new audiences who may have overlooked (or been intimidated by) highbrow performances by the likes of the Met or even Yale's own opera company. At the same time, by bringing in professionals for strategic jobs such as lead roles, stage directors, and conductors, Hillhouse ensures that performances are executed with the craft, precision, and polish that opera -- that most multifaceted of the performing arts -- demands. With its judicious pairing of professionals and amateurs, local and regional talent, and with its efforts to bring opera into neighborhoods throughout the region, Hillhouse Opera Company is an asset to Greater New Haven that is ripe for growth. After only two years of productions, it already stands a worthy model for those who aspire to broaden the appeal of this wonderful art form.

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

attending wonderful performances. Being involved as a rehearsal pianist, a role I would never have been able to play in a more traditional opera company.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

The Hillhouse Opera Company (HHOC) is a great asset to the New Haven Community. As a member of the Company I have been a part of all of its productions, including mainstage operas (fully staged and with costumes and orchestra), scenes programs (also staged), concerts and master classes. The productions are always high-quality and professional, and you cannot beat the price (free, with a suggested donation of $10/person, $5 for students and seniors). The talent is mostly from Connecticut, a few have come from New York (HHOC strives to use local talent as part of its mission), and they *are* talented. The Company is still young, but they started out strong and are only getting better as they age.

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

building relationships with the community and experiencing quality opera.

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

really become a strong business in the community that could stimulate the economy (by creating jobs and revenue)as well as inspire the community members through giving them access to a cultural experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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