Our Mission

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Guerilla Opera is a Boston-based chamber opera company and 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to foster a new canon of chamber opera for the 21st Century through commissioning and performance, and to engage new audiences by making opera more accessible, creative, and experiential. In daring performances that often do not use a conductor, Guerilla Opera has garnered a national reputation for “deliciously inventive” (WBUR) contemporary opera with The Boston Globe raving that “radical exploration remains the cornerstone of everything it does.”

Our Story

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Since 2007 Guerilla Opera has garnered a national reputation for excellence in performance and bold programming.

By the end of the 2017-2018 season Guerilla Opera’s achievements will include:

  • 15 world premiere operas;

  • 17 new productions;

  • 92 Performances;

  • 9 Live Streamed Productions, Free;

  • ArtsImpulse Theatre Award for Best Opera and for Best Music Direction: Beowulf (2016);

  • ArtsImpulse Theatre Award for Best Opera:Gallo (2014); and

  • Best Opera Company 2012 by The Improper Bostonian magazine.

Guerilla Opera has continuously focused it’s attention on extending our reach to communities outside of Boston through:

  • Producing studio recordings of commissioned operas;

  • Free live-streamed performances since 2013;

  • Performances at Hubbard Hall Opera Theater in Cambridge, NY, at The OPERA America Convention, and at The Rudi E. Scheidt School: University of Memphis.

In addition to performances, Guerilla Opera has been invited to sit on discussion panels and speak at the following venues and events:

  • Classical Singer Convention;

  • The National Opera Association Annual Convention;

  • “Opera Night at the BPL” by Boston Lyric Opera;

  • Longy School of Music at Bard College; and

  • “Small Talk” by Small Theatre Alliance of Boston.

Guerilla Opera recent seasons saw varied projects:

  • October 2017 the Guerillas released a studio recording of “Loose, Wet, Perforated” by Nicholas Vines on Navona Records, a classical label imprint of PARMA Recordings.

  • Spring 2017 saw the inaugural inclusion of an accredited course at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee entitled “Guerilla Opera – Writing for Chamber Opera,” taught by Mike Williams, artistic director, which brings together Conservatory student-composers, singers, and instrumentalists to write and produce a semi-staged performance of several short student chamber operas at the conservatory.

  • May 2017 the Guerillas produced a 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert, which featured excerpts from their notable repertoire of commissioned operas, including “Heart of a Dog” by Rudolf Rojahn, “Say It Ain’t So, Joe!” by Curtis K. Hughes, “Gallo” by Ken Ueno, “Beowulf” by Hannah Lash and new music from Andy Vores.

  • January 2017 the Guerillas instituted an internship program, which brings them interns from the surrounding area including: Boston University and New England Conservatory.

  • November 2017 featured a world premiere production of “Chrononhotonthologos” by Andy Vores, which included participation by Boston Conservatory at Berklee student singers and instrumentalists.

  • June 2018 the Guerillas introduced a new annual gala entitled “Emergence,” which features music from operas, productions and recording projects in development.

  • June 2018 at the “Emergence” gala the Guerillas introduced a new outreach program to support a deeper, richer and interactive experience for patrons with visual disabilities.

Our Board and Staff

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ADMINISTRATION

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Susan Larson, President

Aliana de la Guardia, Clerk / Treasurer

Mike Williams

Timothy Gilette

Andrea Laws

Nathan Troup

David Franke

Jonathan Bailey Holland

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Carole Charnow (President & CEO of the Boston Children’s Museum)

Nicholas Martinez (Outreach and Accessibility)

Richard Ortner (Former President of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee)

Andy Vores (Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Boston Conservatory)

Peter J. Wender (Principal Developmental Scientist at the Draper Laboratory)

Majie Zeller (Performing Artist)