THE ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA ON AUGUST 4th WAS A ROUSING SUCCESS!
The Ojai community enjoyed thrilling performances by 4 opera stars, OYO faculty & select students. Food, drink & our wonderful live auction were all to support the 1st stand-alone youth opera in the Unites States!
NEW VENUE FOR 2018 SUMMER WORKSHOP!
OYO is excited to announce that we will hold this year's Summer Workshop at the beautiful Ojai Valley School Lower Campus in downtown Ojai. We will have the performance space of Greenberg Activity Center & abundant rehearsal space!
THE MUSIC OF TEREZIN-- free film for the public!
APRIL 4 2018 at 7PM Jewish Community Center in Ojai, 530 W. E Roblar Avenue
The Music of Terezín: The Jewish Community of Ojai and the Ojai Youth Opera join in presenting Robert Elias, Director of the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at the Colburn School, on April 4, 2018 at 7PM. The presentation is free and open to the public.
The 1993 film, The Music of Terezín, a BBC/Czech TV co-production directed by Simon Broughton, will be shown. This film was shown twice on the BBC and once on Czech Television, and never broadcast again. It has never been broadcast or distributed in the US. The film is 70 minutes long.
From the director: “During World War II the Terezín (Theresienstadt) ghetto saw a truly remarkable burst of artistic creativity in the face of adversity. This award-winning documentary is the definitive film on Terezín and its music…The Music of Terezín looks at the four major composers who were writing music in the ghetto: Gideon Klein, Pavel Haas, Hans Krása, and Viktor Ullmann. They all perished and represent a lost generation in Czech music. The film includes interviews and performances. With lots of archive footage, musical performances strikingly shot on location in the attics and cellars of the ghetto, and moving personal testimonies, this is a story of musical creativity that resonates far beyond the walls of the ghetto.”
The Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices: This presentation is made possible by the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at the Colburn School. The Initiative was established by a grant from Marilyn Ziering, and focuses on the performance, advocacy, and dissemination of music by composers suppressed during the years of the Nazi regime. James Conlon serves as Artistic Advisor for the Initiative and is director of the Los Angeles Opera’s groundbreaking Recovered Voices project, also supported by Marilyn Ziering. The performance of music by these composers is encouraged within the Colburn Conservatory of Music’s solo, orchestral, and chamber music activities. The Initiative encourages research and academic activities through creative collaborations, conferences, concerts, and publishing.
As part of the Initiative, the Colburn Conservatory of Music offers a semester-long seminar once a year on Recovered Voices, taught and overseen by James Conlon with assistance of Robert Elias and invited guests. Recovered Voices is used by permission of LA Opera..
In addition to the oversight of Maestro Conlon and Mr. Elias, the Initiative is supervised by the Dean of the Colburn Conservatory, and benefits greatly from the interest and commitment of the Conservatory’s internationally recognized faculty and staff.
The Colburn School: The Colburn School comprises four academic units united by a single philosophy that all who desire to study music and dance should have access to top-level training. The degree-granting Conservatory of Music, the Community School of Performing Arts, the Music Academy for pre-college musicians, and the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute provide performing arts training to over 2,000 students from the Los Angeles area and around the world. The renowned teachers, performers, and scholars that make up Colburn’s dedicated faculty serve as invaluable mentors to guide students’ artistic development.
EXCITING NEWS! OYO is hard at work creating our 2019 featured production The Nightingale & The Tower (see our Featured Production page) as well as our 2018 Annual Summer Workshop featuring Judith Vander's The Snow Queen (see our Workshops page). We are thrilled to be working with incredible composers Judith Vander, Jason Treating & Mikael Jorgensen.
2018 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! PLEASE CLICK HERE
CONTANDO ESPANOL-- our 6th year of OYO SUMMER CAMP has just concluded! 2 weeks celebrating Spanish Opera, Zarzuela and Spanish Art Song culminated in 2 magnificent performances at the Ojai Art Center Theater on August 18th & August 20th. If you missed the sold out, standing-room-only performances, we will have a video up soon. THANK YOU to everyone who came out and supported these incredible workshop performers, whose magic never ceases to amaze us all!
All photos by Kevin King
"BRUNDIBAR", OUR 2017 FEATURED PRODUCTION, WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!
See the Brundibar Page for more details.
2016 OYO GALA WAS A SMASH!
This past Saturday OYO held their annual fundraising gala at the Ojai Art Center. The house was packed and those in attendance were treated to a stunningly beautiful concert featuring OYO founders, students and --surprise!-- world-class opera stars as guests. If you missed the event, you can still make a tax-deductible donation to OYO anytime by clicking here.
All photos by Kevin King.
2016 SUMMER WORKSHOP "ITALIAN MASTERS" WAS A STELLAR SUCCESS!
We are still giddy from the resounding success of our 5th year of OYO Summer Workshop! For two weeks, our young performers worked hard learning Baroque Italian Operas-- and having lots of fun! The culminating performances at the Ojai Art Center on August 13th and 14th were nothing short of spellbinding.
All photos by Kevin King.
LITTLE STARS GALA CONCERT LIT UP OJAI December 15th
Ojai Youth Opera in cooperation with Thacher School presented international superstar youth choir Zvjezdice (Little Stars) Ojai was thrilled to experience the world-renowned youth choir Zvjezdice "Little Stars" (think Vienna Boys Choir 2.0 version!) in Ojai with special guest performances by Thacher Chamber Choir, OYES and OYO. We rang in the Holidays with incredible spirit & song at Thacher School Auditorium.