Baroque opera offers full immersion in the world of 17th and 18th-century culture with elaborate scenic design, virtuosic singing, stylized dances, colorful orchestras, and profoundly human stories. No other musical genre from this era has quite the same capacity to move, excite, and inspire audiences. During the 2018/19 season, Ars Lyrica Houston offers its first full-length Baroque opera: Agrippina, Handel’s first operatic masterpiece. Ars Lyrica intends to offer an opera production every other season, with the double bill o f Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and excerpts from the Fairy Queen slated for the 2020/21 season. Staged operas put Ars Lyrica on a par with much larger organizations, which increases the organization’s profile while serving its mission, to present a broad range of 17th and 18th-century music. Please support Ars Lyrica’s Baroque opera project by joining the Opera Circle today!
“Biennial Baroque operas present Ars Lyrica with a golden opportunity: to advocate for an exceptional and seldom heard repertoire, on par with major companies around the world.”
-Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Founder and Artistic Director
“...Theatrical works have become the calling card of Ars Lyrica... They seem to evoke inspired performances by the group.” -Houston Chronicle
Opera Circle sponsors play a vital role in providing a three-year commitment towards Ars Lyrica's biennial productions of Baroque opera
Ars Lyrica Opera Circle sponsorships offer a range of benefits, including behind-the-scenes access to artists, recognition, special invitations to exclusive events, and much more. Please explore the options below for more information on specific sponsorship opportunities.
Production Guarantor: $15,000 and up
Robin Angly & Miles Smith
Gabriel & Sara Loperena
Stephanie von Stein & Dr. Mark A. Schusterman
Production Guarantors help secure the future of Baroque operas by pledging a minimum of $15,000 annually with a three-year commitment. Production Guarantors receive special recognition and benefits, including invitations to Opening Night Dinners with principal artists, ALH Directors and Board, cast parties, backstage tours, VIP performance tickets, and complimentary valet parking.
Principal Artist Sponsor: $10, 000 and up
Kathryn & Brendan Godfrey
Dr. Sippi and Ajay Khurana
Dr. Ellen R. Gritz & Milton D. Rosenau, Jr.
Principal Artist Sponsors make a multi-year commitment towards principal artists to ensure the highest caliber of artistic excellence for ALH opera productions. Principal Artist Sponsors enjoy special access to the artists by hosting cast parties; they also receive VIP performance tickets, backstage tours invitations, and complimentary valet parking.
Artist Underwriter: $4,000 and up
Joan and Mike Weltzien
Artist Underwriters provide vital multi-year funding for supporting artists and orchestra musicians. They receive invitations to cast parties, and backstage tours, plus VIP performance tickets.
Supporting Producer (Costume/Set /Lighting/ underwriter): $2,500 and up
Ed & Marianne Grusnis, The Antiquarium
Ed & Janet Rinehart
Liz Grimm & Jack Roth
Supporting Producers provide vital multi-year funding for productions staff, sets, costumes and lighting design. They receive invitations to cast parties and backstage tours, plus VIP performance tickets.
Young Opera Circle Producers: $1,000 and up
Darrin Davis & Mario Gudmundsson
Shane A. Miller
Young Opera Circle Producers, an exclusive group for opera lovers under 45, receive all the benefits of the Supporting Producer level plus invitations to Young Opera Circle events.
For more information about sponsorship opportunities and benefits, please contact Kinga Ferguson, Executive Director, at 713-622-7443 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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