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.
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My relationship with M.T.Z.O started by way of a phone call from the business agent of my union. He informed me that " somebody had called him from some opera company in Martinez looking for a lighting designer." The production was "La Traviatta", and the person was Maria Billingsley. I would honestly have to say that designing the lighting for that production, under the direction, and set design of Cesare Curzon , was just what I needed to reignite my creative juices. Working with the high school student crew made my task all the more rewarding. When I came back to design the lighting for "Madama Butterfly", I truly began to see that this was a company of great visual goals. I can honestly say that Cesare is one of the best set designers that Ive had the pleasure to work with Maria has dealt with the many challenges thrown in her direction in an admirable way. To mount the two operas that I was the lighting designer on in the far too short time span, was a miracle unto itself.I will be the first to say that I wasnt 100% satisfied with the end result. We did what we could with the time that we were given ,or the time we stole. ( Many thanks to Mr. Wiener for letting me into the theatre early!) In summation, I guess that I would have to say that I am very proud to be able to have contributed to the history of M.T.Z.O. Im also looking forward to the time when Im asked "what Im up to?", and I can answer once again, Im designing the lighting for Martinez Opera.You really should check this company out.