This year was absolutely crazy. We have had over double the performances for our original production, “The Fortune Teller,” and probably quadruple the opera parties. We are getting to do what we love, and we are spreading the culture of opera in the spirit it’s suppose to be experienced in. Opera isn’t suppose to be this black and white thing…. it’s not suppose to be two different worlds that is the audience and the performers. The performers and audience should entertain and give energy to one another interchangeably…and equally.
The summer would not have been successful without our friends and family. Among those friends and family are our sponsors, who believe in what we do and have been with us since the beginning:
Treasure Valley Children’s Theater- thank you for giving us a rehearsal space among many other countless resources. We love working with you, and we love having a home base in our hometown that we can go to for whatever. We can never repay that.
Armgasys- Dave and Shavonna you knew us before we were even officially Opera Elect. We love spending time with you, and you make us feel like people as opposed to entertainers. The support you have given us has propelled us to do all these wonderful things and to spread the fun that is the opera culture. We will never forget you and we can’t wait until we can somehow meld our art forms together to create something ridiculously awesome.
The Geiser Grand Hotel- We started performing there last summer, and Barbara and the Baker City community has become some of our best friends. It’s nice to show up somewhere and feel accepted, and appreciated. Not a lot of places do that, and to be able to come back here time and time again and receive the same treatment sends butterflies to our souls. We still have a few more performances there this summer, and we’re going to be excited (and sad) when those are finished for the year.
The College of Idaho- Thank you CofI. For the wonderful memories of the college experience, and for continuing to help us even after our 4 years. We would have never met one another to be able to start Opera Elect without you, and we hope to work with the CofI community for years to come for a myriad of projects. We love you.
Thanks everyone, and stay tuned for more Opera Elect events to come. Zach is going back to school to finish up his master’s at The University of Washington, and Jordan is planning on signing up for grad school this year. We aren’t sure what the future holds yet, but we know the past has given us the memories and experience to propel us forward to do whatever we set our minds towards. As always, if you’re looking to get involved or wish to host us for some event. Get in touch with us, and we would love to share what we have worked so hard on developing….our love of opera.
Zach & Jordan
It has been a wonderfully busy year for Opera Elect. For only starting a year ago, we have done so much:
1. Dozens of Opera Parties all throughout the Northwest, both for public occasions as well as private ones. This is become a staple of Opera Elect! We have made opera more fun, accessible, and casual to the masses.
2. The Edge- Our collaborative project with Velocity Pole Art at Jewett Auditorium, where we combined opera and acrobatic pole art to make an exciting and beautiful event.
3. A Northwest Tour of Tomorrow, Tomorrow- Over 14 different performances of a completely NEW and ORIGINAL musical written by young professionals; E.H. Nary and Joseph Greene. This was the project that was funded by Kickstarter, where we successfully raised $5,000 to put on (and tour) this work.
4. Operalesque- Another new collaborative project with Frankly Burlesque at Pengilly’s where we combined opera and burlesque to continue to push the boundaries opera has to offer.
5. Vaudeville on The Edge: an Operatic Melodrama- Our most recent collaboration with both Velocity Pole Art and Frankly Burlesque where we combined all THREE genres to create a beautiful and entertaining event showcasing an abridged version of Carmen. People think it’s a crazy combination, however, we proved that pole art, burlesque, and opera belong together.
We cannot thank EVERYONE enough for all the support we have received this year. You have made all the work worth it, and we will continue to keep pushing the boundaries to make opera everything it deserves to be.
Next up: Centuries of Song- September 17th at Jewett Auditorium. We go back to our alma mater to perform an exciting concert featuring Opera Elect alongside the Alumni Choir to kick off homecoming for The College of Idaho!
We are also excited to announce our NEW and ORIGINAL musical written by Madelein Bowman called, “The Fortune Teller.” It will premiere in the summer of 2016.
Again, thank you all. We love all of you and we cannot wait to show you more of what we’re capable of.
Zach & Jordan
We have had a crazy summer! We performed dozens of opera parties, toured our musical everywhere in the Northwest, and we have collaborated with many artists to make opera fun.
Now that Tomorrow, Tomorrow is finished. We’re working on our new original musical, The Fortune Teller for the summer of 2016.
It’s been a blast performing for everybody, and we cannot express our thanks enough for the support you have given us. Zach is off to graduate school in Seattle at the end of the September, and Jordan will be off studying in New York in November. We’re becoming better for you, and for us!
Please e-mail us if you have any questions, or want to help in any way!
Zach & Jordan
It’s been such a blast getting things ready for our summer show. We’ve been not only rehearsing a lot, but doing a lot of fun projects in order to get everything ready and to spread the word! So far, our Gala has been taking up a lot of free time, as well as putting together some video trailers with some creative videographers we met: Alessia and Ilaria. They are amazing to work with, and we can’t wait to see the work they produce for us. Everyone has been so generous in helping us become something more, and we can’t thank everybody enough!
Teaming up with Frankly Burlesque we put on a show that was never to forget at Penguillies Saloon in downtown Boise, Idaho. It was the perfect combination of Opera class, mixed with the edge and sassy-ness of Burlesque. Thank you to Frankie and the rest of the cast for making this night such a wonderful event. Check out more about her and her group at www.facebook.com/franklyburlesque.
Our first large-scale performance as a company happened tonight. It was the collaboration with Velocity Pole Art, and let me tell you….IT WAS AMAZING. Everything went so smoothly, and we had such an awesome audience. We can’t wait to put on more shows of that caliber, and can’t wait to share our stuff with the world. Thank you Veronica and Luke at VPA! You two were amazing to work with, and your fantastic stage prowess made the show a huge success!
Find out more about Veronica and VPA at www.velocitypoleart.com
A big shoutout to Jamie and David for hosting us for a potluck party at their house Saturday, March 8th! It was a wonderful time, filled with amazing food, and even more amazing people. That’s what makes this whole thing worth it to us, when we can interact with our audience in a personal setting. At the end of the night, Zach and Jordan were rewarded with some tango lessons as well. Jordan seemed to catch on quicker than Zach, but Zach didn’t break too many toes! A wonderful night indeed, thanks again everybody!
After more than two months of organizing, punctuated by full-time day jobs and classes, Opera Elect and their technical liaison (that’s me!) have officially launched the official website. Stay tuned as content is added and refined over the next couple of weeks. Be sure to check out our pages for the latest stories and news, events, artist profiles, and merchandise (coming late spring/early summer). If you find any issues with the site please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll take a look.
Opera Elect and The Bird Stop, a downtown Caldwell restaurant and coffee shop, have had a successful partnership since last fall. This Valentine’s Day Jordan and Zach again joined The Bird Stop for an evening of live entertainment, but with a twist. The restaurant’s patrons not only enjoyed the music but report that the service was exceptional. That’s right, Jordan and Zach sang AND served the guests. Surely a Valentine’s Day to remember with good food, good entertainment, and good service.
Opera Elect performs at The Bird Stop a few times each season. Make sure to check out the events calendar for their next live performance at The Bird Stop and beyond!