Act Too Studio Opera Workshop

40 Boynton Ave

South Hadley, MA 01075

  • teens
  • arts
  • opera
  • music

Elevator Pitch:

We're an educational workshop offering teen singers hands-on experience in opera performance, making way as they mold our artistic future!

Tell us about your business, what inspired you to get into it, what you sell/service you offer, what makes your business stand out and how it impacts you, your community or the environment.

As part of a small performing arts studio, I am one of the multitude of people responsible for training the next generation of artists and helping to shape young people's vision of the arts and our society's musical legacy. Opera is the richest theatrical music I know, filled with emotion and all the terrifying complexity of human existence, and my teens have fallen in love with it. Each year, the program grows in ambition, now including classwork, recitals, and a fully-staged opera each summer.

How would you use the FedEx Small Business Grant money to make a significant impact on your business?

Contest winnings would be used in part to facilitate our next summer opera production—an ambitious re-imagining of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte for a modern audience, with new chamber orchestrations and a new English adaptation—including production costs (costumes, props, creative staff, musicians, rehearsal and performance space), and support for future programming, as well as making our growing catalogue of opera adaptations available for production by other like-minded programs for young singers.

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