Anchorage Opera is on a mission to Enrich. Inspire. Educate. Collaborate. Build Community...(one note at a time)! When the curtain comes down at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, community building begins. "Anchorage Opera is a center of artistic creation, innovation and education through the presentation of opera and related events encouraging public collaboration and community engagement for the people of the State of Alaska."
How Pick.Click.Give. makes a difference
Every dollar of your donation will go towards our "AO 2 Go" Educational Outreach Program. Partnering with UAA Music Department we produced "Aklaq and Nayak" (An Alaska Native Adaptation of Hansel and Gretel), and the Alaskan themed "Savitri" and "Dr. Miracle". Now we’re 'taking our show on the road' to the schoolchildren and families of Alaska! Touring to Nome and Unalakleet in 2016 and Cordova in 2017, we hope to serve Anchorage and many communities beyond. Our ‘School Lunch Project’ with Anchorage School District, brings Flash MOBperas to students, when and where they least expect it. These initiatives are only possible thanks to Pick.Click.Give donations and we're so grateful for your support. In a time when music and theater arts education in our schools is suffering drastic funding cut-backs, Anchorage Opera is dedicated to bridging that gap.
Founded in 1962, AO has been and remains an active part of our community, with numerous programs and collaborations integral to every season. In 2016-17 we partner with Veterans organizations on "Glory Denied", a socially relevant and important work helping us all gain a greater appreciation of the sacrifices made by those who serve.
Each season more than 1700 students attend final dress rehearsals of operas at the PAC free of charge, and approximately 300 more individuals were given free seats at opera performances. Our free “Pre-Opera Talks” offer unique insights into our shows directly before they begin and our popular FLASH MOBpera happenings all around town, are bringing opera to the people of Anchorage in unexpected settings.
AO partnered with West High School to produce "Brundibár", with Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy on numerous projects, including “Carmen” and “Maria de Buenos Aries”, and with Alaska Dance Theatre for our “55th Anniversary Opera Extravaganza”.
Through such projects AO strengthens its commitment to education through the arts.
As the organization that possesses the only professional scenic, prop and costume shop in our community, AO also assists other arts organization in realizing their dreams. Whether building new scenery for the Alaska Dance Theatre, costumes and scenery for Perseverance, or scenic elements for the Anchorage Concert Association productions, AO is a strong partner in enabling a range of artistic creations that provide our community with diversity and vibrancy. Anchorage Opera, “Made in Alaska” and dedicated to the belief that a great city deserves great art!