Mission: Defined as a cultural/educational institution, hawaii opera theatre is the only performing arts organization in hawaii presenting grand opera, thereby increasing the public's awareness and appreciation of an art form that provides a unique combination of music, theatre, and dance. Hawaii opera theatre's goal is to be recognized as an outstanding regional opera company, one that consistently presents performances of the highest quality while maintaining a strong financial position.
Programs: Hawaii opera theatre's season consisted of 4 fully staged and costumed performances each of turandot, i pagliacci and carmina burana at the neal blaisdell concert hall in honolulu with stellar casts of nationally and internationally renowned performers, directors, orchestra and volunteer chorus. One performance of each opera is dedicated to our "opera for everyone" (ofe) program, which was attended by approximately 2,200 students and teachers. Audience count for the other 6 grand opera performances was approximately 9,500. Hawaii opera theatre publishes a program for each of the grand operas to educate the audience in regards to the program they are attending in addition to free lectures at the academy of arts, and at the concert hall prior to the performances. While 7 performances of the mikado was also part of our 2013-2014 season, they fell in june 2014 and are therefore not within the parameters of this year's tax return.
the opera studio commenced with 1 of 2 coaching programs by tim shaindlin, the first in august; the second in december. This was followed with 2 concerts of "great singers ii", which consisted of opera, operetta and broadway. In august, studio members represented hot at a fundraiser "une notte di roma" and an "art after dark" program at the museum of arts. In september, members performed in the chinese moon festival. Many performed in turandot and the double opera "i, pagliacci/carmina burana". "the mikado" program developed by hot, and based on gilbert & sullivan's operetta of the same name, was performed statewide with over 70 performances. 1,500 chlidren attended a two-day run at honolulu's historic hawaii theatre. A tour of kauai schools from january 13 - 17th, 2014 was attended by 1,800 children, and tours to hawaii and maui schools in may, were attended by 4,400 children. On oahu, tours were done in fall and spring, reaching 10,000 children. The orvis program also provided masterclasses for students run by internationally acclaimed sylvia mcnair, whose teaching sessions were very dynamic, fun and informational. This was followed by a recital at the hawaii theatre. The junior studio commenced this year, for younger students and included acting, combat and dancing. Students also performed at the state arts museum and presented a gala performance at kahilu theatre on the island of hawaii.