I hope that this finds you well, as we here at Opera in the Heights look back on our wonderful 20th anniversary season. To commemorate our milestone year, we offered a repertory that celebrated the diverse history and scope of opera, ranging from the seminal work of Gluck to the modern lyricism of Menotti. I am hopeful that you enjoyed this collection of distinct musical styles, all rooted in traditions of rich storytelling.
In our coming season, we look forward to sharing a set of favorites old and new: Die Fledermaus, La Bohème, Pearl Fishers, and Little Women. The first two comprise arguably the world's favorite operetta and opera, while the latter two present opportunities to experience an old gem enjoying new prominence and one of the most beloved American operas in the repertoire.
We are excited to offer these experiences not only to our patrons, but also to our emerging artists who depend on such opportunities to hone their craft and further their promising careers. Our 2016-17 roster will once again feature some of the most talented young artists in the country, some of whom will be making their Oh! debuts, as well as some returning to us having added very prestigious credits to their names since their first performances with us.
Opera in the Heights continues to serve as an essential springboard for our artists, some of whom go on to perform at the highest level of the profession. Being part of such a fine company as Oh! has its many privileges, such as getting to work with a first-rate orchestra, performing in as intimate a setting as Lambert Hall. For me, there is no greater honor than to be a part of the advancement of the careers of such fine artists. My hope is that our patrons might also feel a sense of ownership over our artists and their development.
None of what we do for these artists, for the culture of Houston, and for the future of our art form would be possible without your support. With your help we have established a tradition of uniquely engaging performances, a record of broad, positive impact on our community through our outreach initiatives, and a national reputation for launching careers to great heights over the course of 20 rich years. As we rigorously prepare for opening night in September, I ask you to make an investment in the upcoming 21st season with a donation in support of these four magnificent productions. Your generous donation ensures Opera in the Heights contributes to the vibrancy of Houston as the arts capital that it is, as well as an essential destination city for opera professionals.
I would want nothing more in the world than for you to feel like we are "your opera company," because that is truly what we are. I thank you with my whole heart for your continued support.