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VINEYARD TOURING OPERA CO INC
April 9, 2013

Regional performing arts organizations are chronically under-funded and under-resourced. Vineyard Touring Opera has exceptional dedication to the people it serves, whether they be audiences who find opera inaccessible or unaffordable, or performers eager to develop their skills.

To raise community awareness, and again, bring opera to the people -- "opera per tutti" -- VTO commissioned a new work, which will premiere next season, based on historic events in Los Angeles in the 1920's. VTO maintains an admission price of $10 general, $5 student/senior for a full production with professional orchestra and supertitles. The company explores innovative presentation styles to build audiences for opera. It has reached out to other local organizations to cooperate in auditions and publicity, resulting in the Southern California Opera Network.

Under the direction of Alan Medak, participants in VTO's productions are placed in meaningful and rewarding positions that recognize what they do well and allow them to grow. Young and developing singers are cast opposite mature performers and benefit from mentoring during the rehearsal process. A scholarship fund in memory of Co-Founder Douglas Acker has been established to aid young professionals with coaching or travel expenses.

In short, besides offering exciting performances of great works, Vineyard Touring Opera truly enriches the artistic community of Los Angeles.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY INC
April 19, 2012

The Center for Biological Diversity continues to amaze me with its assertive action in defense of imperiled wildlife. By the time I read the bulletin they have already filed a lawsuit or an appeal to prevent another species from being erased. Surely this is God's work, and they are on the side of the angels!

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2011

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