I would think that most people would say that we had a good first year as an opera company. We had one stated goal at the beginning of the year: build trust! When we say that we wanted to build trust, it was with everyone who might be involved in Painted Sky Opera - the singers, the audience, the technical crew, the Oklahoma City arts community, and within our organization. I feel like we did pretty well. Like any endeavor, there are always things that you would go back and do differently, but in the end, we put on three successful operatic productions and shared opera with more than 500 kids in educational outreach programs. And, most importantly, no one was harmed in the making of this opera company (well, except through sleep deprivation).
One of our partners for the first season was the Civic Center Music Hall, which hosted our last two shows, La Traviata and The Medium. The Civic Center is a great venue and the staff was great with which to work. Apparently, they liked working with us too, because I'm proud to announce that, as of July 1, Painted Sky Opera is the newest resident company of the Civic Center Music Hall. As you can imagine, we are extremely excited to have that vote of support so early in our existence.
What does being a resident company of the Civic Center Music Hall mean? Well, for starters, it means that you will see more opera at the Civic Center than previous years because we will be doing at least three shows a year there. It also means that we can offer season tickets for 2017-18 (buy them today at 405.297.2264!). It means that we can start to think more creatively about the shows we will offer in the future because of the expanded resources that are now available to us. Most importantly, it means that we have a home and we share it with a wonderful community of arts organizations that are dedicated to making Oklahoma City a fantastic place to live through their artistic offerings.
So, thank you for showing us your support in our first year. We know that without it, we wouldn't be close to where we are now. We're looking ahead to a fantastic season of opera at the Civic Center Music Hall and we hope you are too!