Help us support our communities during this time of need.
Guerilla Opera is an artist-run, ensemble with a mission is to immerse audiences in innovative, experimental and thought-provoking new operas from cutting-edge composers in productions that reenvision the audience’s relationship to the art for profound and lasting experiences. Our art is to develop and reenvision new experimental works, champion cutting-edge music, and to inspire and influence future generations.
A donation to Guerilla Opera at this time will sustain the creation of new works, support our digital efforts, and provide resources for when we can share our groundbreaking work in person. A gift of any amount will make a huge difference!
We serve underrepresented communities by offering free and discounted tickets to students and underrepresented groups, with a robust program for patrons who are blind or visually impaired. Our partnership with the National Braille Press assists our efforts to enrich the opera experience for patrons who are blind or have visual impairments.
Our artistic work is primarly in Boston, but we also produce work in Haverhill, MA. Our work in there serves to further to stimulate tourism from other cities by presenting extraordinary artists, connecting them to our community, stimulating cultural and economical growth, and simultaneously bringing new works to new audiences hungry for artistic experiences.
Thank you for being a part of our family. We hope you are safe — your support during this time means the world to us.
Our concert season was halted by COVID-19 emergency responses almost as soon as it had begun. We were able to complete one concert program in mid-March, but we were not permitted a live audience. We were able to stream the final performance of five world premiere operas a virtual audience with a total of 129 live views. In order to complete the program we had to forego all potential ticket revenue.
Four concerts and productions were cancelled by our presenters that would have been world and local premieres of operas and chamber music in local venues an nation-wide.
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Emergence Composer Fellowship
$2600 lost in potential ticket revenue
Monday, March 16, 2020
Rumpelstiltskin by Marti Epstein
$4,500 in lost presenter fees
$3,000 was paid to artists in cancellation fees
Thursday, April 8, 2020
Guerilla Opera All Stars Concert
$2,000 in lost presenter fees
May 2-3 & Friday May 8-10,2020
Let’s Make A Sandwich
$3,500 lost in potential ticket revenue
$6,200 paid to artists in cancellation fees
Total losses = $21,421
Our Greatest Needs
As a performing ensemble, we rely on live events and audience attendance for the communal act of sharing live concert music. In the coming 3-6 months our greatest needs are technology and people. We must invest in technology that we can utilize now and moving forward into future seasons to present our opera and community engagement programs.
Also, as an artist-run ensemble, many of our performing and creative artists are also administrators and leaders within the organization. We have a moral obligation to keep our artists, who work on a W9 basis, safely employed and creative during this time for their own wellbeing and for the enrichment of our communities.
Reimagining Our Future
As a performing ensemble, our future will never be without live concert events or chamber opera productions, but the COVID-19 situation has given us a special opportunity to reexamine our discipline, how we present works to our community, and how we utilize our creative practices in the community.
New and experimental music is often performed in the context of academic institutions with theaters and concert halls, which attract a consistent audience of colleagues, composers, musicians, professors, as well as engaged concert and theater-goers from the immediate community.
By investing time and reasonable funds in technology and personnel to create digital programs in partnership with community media, we have a unique opportunity to bring new music beyond its academic setting. This helps us support our mission to enrich our communities with cutting-edge music they would not otherwise have access to it, and engage them in direct dialogue about it, while keeping gig-working artists employed.