Why support Opera Prelude?
Opera Prelude is a small charity, passionate about opera with the needs of young professional singers at the heart of what we do. We believe that opera is for everyone – our friendly and inclusive events form a bridge across the footlights, introducing you to young opera singers and their diverse, enriching art form.
Since 2010, we have been bringing opera into the community, engaging, educating & involving audiences through our accessible events. Opera Prelude supports 35 rising stars, with the all-round skills to succeed in a highly competitive industry, by providing experience, fairly-paid performance opportunities, mini grants and bursaries. Our events ensure the future of opera appreciation and offer the chance for active engagement with the finest young performers, chosen for the strength of their communication skills, intellectual curiosity and talent as emerging artists. The majority of our young artists go on to successful careers, finding agents, winning prizes and competitions and performing with major opera companies both in the UK and Europe.
We believe in giving young singers a start. Whilst undeniably there are more “Young Artists’ Programmes” than ever, it has never been harder for young singers to break into the operatic profession. Even after completing Conservatoire training a young singer needs to continue with lessons, pay for entry fees and travel to competitions and auditions as well as fund accompanists and find money to upgrade recordings and websites. Too many young singers face challenges within the industry: low pay and long hours, roles that are unsuitable for voices still maturing and lack of suitable opportunities within the UK are on-going challenges they face.
Few regular opera-goers appreciate the challenges young singers face to meet these continuing costs, often for years after leaving music school. Yet, without such investment a singer’s long-term success is unlikely. This is why Opera Prelude believes so strongly in giving young singers a start.
We advocate for Opera Prelude’s artists, showcasing their talents and creating career networking opportunities with introductions to renowned, established artists, vocal coaches, agents and producers as well as potential donors and supporters.
This autumn, Opera Prelude is launching a new series of professional development seminars. Designed to support talented post-graduate singers who have recently left Conservatoire; these affordable sessions will cover a broad range of topics needed to build and sustain a rewarding professional operatic career. Unlike other young artist programmes which support vocal and artistic development, Opera Prelude will be focusing on the practical issues young musicians need to consider when embarking on a career within the industry.
If you would like to champion our work, every penny counts and every donation is appreciated more than it is possible to say. To find out more about how you can help us support the professional development of these outstandingly talented early career singers please contact Fiona Hamilton or Dr Adriana Festeu, Founder Directors: 0207 183 7323 firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU for being part of Opera Prelude and giving young singers a start!