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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  

Sponsorship Opportunities 

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

Maurice Isaac

Dr. Sippi and Ajay Khurana

Beth Madison

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 

Robert Chanon

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

Emily Schreiber

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 kferguson@arslyricahouston.org 

“Ars Lyrica’s vibrant and provocative performances of a historically informed repertoire speak to us as lovers of history and live music.  Under a passionate artistic and professional team, they exemplify tradition and excellence in all they do.” 
- Ed and Marianne  Grusnis,
The  Antiquarium

“We support Ars Lyrica because we found a unique passion within the organization that brings beautiful and rarely appreciated music to amazing life. We are also fully engaged in ALH’s exciting artistic vision of bringing baroque opera to Houston.”  
-Sara and Gabriel Loperena 

“Ars Lyrica’s decision to stage a new production of Handel’s Agrippina immediately fired my imagination. As a life-long fan of baroque music in general and Handel in particular, I was determined to make a contribution to the success of a project so dear to my heart. Ars Lyrica's musical interpretation, the orchestra and soloists are always of the finest, and with Tara Faircloth as stage director, the result will be memorable. I am thrilled to underwrite her services - all that remains is for every lover of baroque music in Houston to come and applaud the results.” 
-Maurice Isaac