Education & Outreach
We host educational opportunities for local youth through partnerships with Olivet Boys and Girls Club Pal Center for the Arts and our exclusive BOAST and BOOT programs. Learn more.
Check out our YouTube page for our BCTV Program Archive!
Berks Opera Company receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Dear Friends of Berks Opera,
As is often said, all music was once new, and the vitality of any art form depends even more on looking to today’s and tomorrow’s composers and works than on yesterday’s. Therefore, as we (like most performing arts organizations) continue to await significant relief from the Covid 19 pandemic, we are using our time productively to make exciting plans. We are proud to announce that with assistance of a generous grant from Reading Musical Foundation, we will be commissioning local composer Christopher Heslop to write a set of short operas based on Berks County history, lore and legends. Our performances of Chris’s opera Da Ponte, based on some experiences of Mozart’s collaborator, Lorenzo Da Ponte, in Pennsylvania (that’s true, actually!) and The Bear Prince were highly successful and pointed the way to further collaborations. We expect this project – so new it still has no name – to reach the stage in mid-2022.
As the creation of any new opera takes more work, energy and time than standard works from the repertory, will not be producing a live major production in summer 2021. Other events of lower impact will still be considered, and all our on-line presence and content remains available.
Here’s what we are doing NOW:
• We are still offering musical selections recorded by our artists, the first of which, 𝑵𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒖𝒏 𝑫𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂, sung by Patrick Marques, can be seen on our Facebook Page.
• We will continue our E-blasts to our mailing list, pointing them to the many Berks Opera and other videos available on YouTube, thanks to BCTV. Go to Berks Opera Presents - YouTube.
• We are gradually converting some of our Unleashing Your Inner Opera Fan presentations to video form, to be made available on YouTube. The first one, What’s an Opera? is already live, and What in the World is Carmen? will appear soon.
We will keep in touch, and meantime stay well, stay safe and act wisely.
President, Berks Opera Company
Basso Jeremy Galyon, who has sung in many of Berks Opera performances, has offered a performance in Jeri’s memory of An die Musik, by Franz Shubert, a song dedicated to the art of music itself.
Gracious art, in how many bleak hours,
And amid life’s wild confusion,
Have you warmed my heart with love,
And transported me to a better world!
Often a sigh from your harp,
A sweet, holy sound,
Has opened a heaven of happier times for me.
Gracious art, I thank you!
Jeri’s love and appreciation for music extended also to chamber music. Donations in her memory may be mailed to The Friends of Chamber Music of Reading, Inc., P.O. Box 15205, Reading, PA 19612 or made via their website.
❤️ Berks Opera Company
Since 2008, Berks Opera Company has been connecting the Berks County region with the power of opera and the positive impact of the arts on our local community by advancing the development of young singers and by cultivating astute, appreciative, and adventurous audiences.
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