by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor
OKLAHOMA CITY – Saturday (August 27), at the beautiful home of Dick Sias, the Sooner State’s newest professional venue for performance art (Painted Sky Opera) took another step to bring dynamic professional performances to central Oklahoma.
In an era when national and international turmoil is so deep that many rational people worry about the near-term future, this is a curiously comforting development.
In parts of the world, all forms of creative expression – including the soaring liberty of the brilliant traditions of humor, pathos, love, cultural commentary and glorious contemplation captured in the best operas – are under sustained attack. Not criticism or critique, mind you, but methodical and deliberate plans for destruction of the greatest musical, literary and visual works know to humanity.
For times such as these, great opera can function as a balm for the souls or women and men.
Painted Sky Opera launched a visible community presence with an entertaining performance of “La Canterina” in June, as part of the Haydn Festival. Still ahead are late September and late winter performances affording timely opportunities for aspiring opera stars to offer their talents in the state’s leading community supportive of great art.
Rob Glaubitz, artistic director for the new company, told supporters at the Sias home, “We believe that the combination of breathtaking singing, gorgeous music, and inspiring storytelling which professional opera offers is unique among the art forms and will add another dimension to this already diverse and exciting city.”
Speaking shortly before a stunning feast for the ears from two performers who will sing in Guiseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” next February, Glaubitz continued with a message to patrpns attending, as well as to the broader community:
“We ask you to consider joining us on this journey by contributing to Painted Sky Opera. A contribution … goes directly towards producing and supporting our operatic season as well as educational outreach to schools and other organizations.
I would ask thast you take a look at our levels of sponsorship included in this packet, but I also want to stress that every gift, no matter how large or small, helps us move towards bringing world-class opera to Oklahoma City.”
At the Sias dinner to support Painted Sky Opera, performing excerpts from the classic Verdi opera were Nicole Van Every and Samuel Schlievert.
For information on how to support these visionaries, visit online paintedskyopera.org.
Email inquiries can be sent to [email protected]. The opera company is working as a 501 (c)(3) certified non-profit.
Or, send a donation by mail to Painted Sky Opera, 2517 Julies Trail, Edmond, OK 73012. Donating to cause will light a candle, not merely curse the darkness.