Opera & Beyond Fund

The Opera & Beyond Fund was inspired by one of the Center's original board members and opera aficionado, Inge Marra. The fund will ensure the continuation of classical vocal music, including the Opera Up Close series, as well as art songs, operetta and classical musical theatre. And of course, will ensure the continuation of operatic talent showcases from Chicagoland and beyond. 

Thanks to Inge and Advisory Board Members, the Center established an anonymous donor who will match every donation and pledge dollar for dollar through March 1, 2021. Double your Donation today.

This exciting opportunity helps the Opera & Beyond Fund grow into a secure endowment to supplement artist fees and production partnerships but can also be used towards copyright costs, development of staging and props, and marketing outreach when necessary. Looking ahead to the future, Opera Up Close seeks to build momentum by expanding programming ideas to include full opera productions, incorporate instrumental accompaniment, collaborate with other classical organizations in the south suburbs, introduce new operatic voices and create new thematic programs that educate, entertain and enlighten.

The Opera Up Close series premiered September 26, 2010. Since then, the series has offered south suburban audiences the opportunity to hear operatic music presented in new ways; through intimate settings, opera in English, opera for children, and presenting musical pieces with humor and energy. Opera Up Close invites audiences to experience classical music in unexpected and accessible ways, enticing them to fall in love with this beautiful art form. Seated on the stage with the singers, each audience member is able to hear up close and personal the power and the beauty of the human voice. From Mozart to Bernstein, the singers bring a wealth of experience and artistry to bear on a wide array of musical styles.

In the spirit of Respecting our Past and Reimagining our Future, we thank you for guaranteeing that opera will continue at the Center for the next 25 years and beyond.

All gifts pledged during the matching period (January 17- March 1, 2021) must be honored by June 30, 2021.
Contact us at CenterCommunity@govst.edu or 708.235.2222 with any questions. Due to staff working from home, please allow TWO business days for responses to voicemails.