Community Programs 2018-05-08T18:12:16+00:00
Opera in ME

Community Programs

Opera Maine seeks to make opera fun, approachable, and affordable to audiences old and new.  Many of our events take place at locations around the state where the public can experience opera in familiar settings they frequent for business or pleasure.

“Opera For All!”

Opera Maine is pleased to announce that we have received a $2,500 grant from Macy’s to launch a new initiative, “Opera for All!”. With this grant, Macy’s will underwrite opera tickets for those who lack the means to purchase tickets to a professional opera performance including, but not limited to: young Mainers ages 13 to 18, immigrants, and veterans. Macy’s support will provide 100 tickets to nonprofits throughout the state for Opera Maine’s mainstage performance of The Marriage of Figaro this summer.

This is a wonderful way for Opera Maine to achieve its mission of introducing opera to new audiences and educating them about this unique art form, while championing equity, diversity, and inclusion. The support from Macy’s, and that of other businesses and individuals in the community, will enable us to launch this exciting new program.

Some examples of the community organizations which Opera Maine is hoping to work with to distribute these complimentary tickets are:

A Company of Girls
Bowdoin Upward Bound
Boys and Girls Club – Portland
Brunswick Teen Center
Crossroads Youth Center, Saco
Gateway to Opportunity thru Cutler Institute at USM
Mayo Street Arts, Portland
My Place Teen Center
New Beginnings
Refugee and Immigrant Center, Statewide
STRIVE, Portland
Veterans Affairs
YMCAs Statewide


What is it about Opera? The answer is here!

For several years, Opera Maine has offered an in-home program that answers many of the questions you and your friends and family have about opera. The program is called “What is it about Opera?”. It’s free, it’s entertaining and exposes many of the mysteries of this sometimes bewildering art form. The result is that attendees leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation of opera, particularly the opera that is being presented by Opera Maine in this season.

Here’s how it works: The program is given in your home to as many people–neighbors, friends, co-workers–as you are comfortable with. 10 or 12 is a good number, but the program has been presented to groups of all sizes, up to 60 or 70. You set up a date with Opera Maine (call 1 (207) 879-7678). An Opera Maine representative comes to your home and gives the program, usually 45 minutes to an hour. DVDs are used to show excerpts of the operas in question. It helps if you have a TV with a DVD player. Wine tastings work well as do morning coffees, brunches, and cocktail hours. Some hostesses have even had groups over for full dinners! The only qualifications are that your guests have at least a mild interest in the arts, thus a potential interest in opera.

The goals for “What is it about Opera?” are to demonstrate the elements of opera that inspire so many people, create “converts” and persuade listeners to attend our performances. You are our best ambassadors! The programs are given by Opera Maine co-founder Jack Riddle, Opera Maine dramaturg Calien Lewis and other opera-knowledgeable people. Their approach is light-hearted, not serious or bookish, occasionally humorous (there is much to be humorous about!), and interactive, so the audience is encouraged to participate.

This program also works well with book clubs, libraries and other groups you may be involved with. Did we tell you it’s free?