Opera supporters hope to breathe new life into the guild
Supporters of the Northern Virginia opera scene hope to revive the Opera Guild of Northern Virginia, which over the years has raised funds and provided other support for opera organizations, as well as promoting scholarships among those who appreciate the art form and introduce children to the uniqueness and inclusiveness of opera.
The Opera Guild of Northern Virginia never died (“it has its own internal structure, staff and volunteers, and its own accountant,” supporters said) but in recent years it has remained inactive.
Miriam Miller, president of Opera Nova – a professional opera organization that took over from the Opera Theater of Northern Virginia after it closed in 2011 – said now was the time to bring it back to support the arts.
“We’re just pushing love, love your neighbor, love your family, love the common good,” Miller said in a recent appeal to Opera Nova supporters to support the initiative.
A resurrected Opera Guild of Northern Virginia would serve as a conduit for Opera Volunteers International, which “will place Opera Nova at the highest level of the operatic world,” Miller said.
Jose Sacin, artistic director of Opera Nova, said the organization “builds on 60 years of creative expression” and praised efforts to promote opera through performances designed to appeal to young students.
“I want all children to experience the pure magic of a live opera experience,” he said.
For more information about Opera Nova and the efforts to bring the Opera Guild of Northern Virginia to life, visit the website at https://www.operanova.net.