Opera Orlando receives Golden Pear Scholarship
Opera Orlando recently received a Golden Pear Grant in the amount of $10,000 from the American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund). This grant was offered as additional support to the organization during the pandemic. The Golden Pear Grant will help enrich programming, improve accessibility, and advance the organization for Central Florida residents.
“We at Opera Orlando are beyond thrilled to receive the Golden Pear Grant,” said Gabriel Preisser, General Manager of Opera Orlando. “Having such support gives us a unique opportunity to expand what we do for our community. Partners like AmFund and our sponsors and donors are core to our mission at Opera Orlando, and we really couldn’t provide productions of high quality and the education programs we provide without their support.”
The AmFund Golden Pear Grant provides additional funding to nonprofit organizations whose fundraising abilities have been impacted by the pandemic. This is the third time AmFund has provided unrestricted funding to organizations in addition to their signature fundraising programs.
“We are thrilled to present Opera Orlando with a Golden Pear Scholarship. Their application was very compelling and their work for the arts is outstanding. Their educational programs, as well as their top-notch performances, deserve recognition,” said Deborah Marshall, chief operating officer of AmFund. “While we consider health and social care needs across the country, we also recognize the significant impact the arts have on mental, spiritual and emotional health. We are grateful for all that Opera does. Orlando to make a difference.”
Over its six-year history, Opera Orlando has established itself as a premier opera company in Florida, with a proven impact in Central Florida. The Opera’s purpose and responsibility is to continue the legacy of opera in the region by sharing compelling and relevant stories through the unique artistic expression of opera. The Company strives to celebrate, introduce and broaden audiences, including students of all ages through its large and dynamic educational program, to the continued resonance of this art form of opera which encompasses all.
Keeping safety as a top priority in presenting its 2021-22 season, Opera Orlando continues to monitor the evolution of COVID-19 and vaccination plans related to the virus. The Company has remained in consultation with its health partners and venues to implement an appropriate and comprehensive plan centered on protecting and reducing the risk of infection for members of the public, cast and production teams, staff and volunteers.
Stay up to date with the next season of Opera Orlando online at www.operaorlando.org, and follow and like the Opera’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Individual tickets for Rigoletto are on sale now through the Bill & Mary Darden box office at the Dr. Phillips Center (445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando), online at www.drphillipcscenter.org, or by calling (407) 839- 0119, ext. 0. See you at the Opera!