The Opera Club of The Villages encourages all lovers of good music who are residents of The Villages to attend our regular monthly meetings and the special performances scheduled. You do not have to sing or know all about opera - a love of good music is our only requirement. Members as well as visitors are welcome.
The main mission of the Opera Club is to collect donations from members and friends, or from special fund raising events, to fund the Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarships, which are awarded to graduating high school seniors from Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties, who are planning to pursue music education in college.
If you would like to make a contribution toward our Scholarship Fund, a remittance form is attached here.
In the past three years we have awarded $126,000 to deserving students.
In addition to checking the Recreation News of The Villages "Daily Sun," you may receive advance notice of upcoming events, as well as news about the club by signing up for email. To get on our mailing list or to change an existing email address, please contact Membership Chairman Lou Sasmor at firstname.lastname@example.org or Roy Ullrich at email@example.com
Opera Highlights at March Meeting
Members of the Central Florida Lyric Opera Company graced the stage at the Opera Club's March 2018 meeting. Pictured from left to right are Tenor Mark Schmidt, Soprano Mariangel Cestari, Maestro Bill Doherty and Bass Sam Reynolds. The performance in-cluded solos and duets. Among the highlights were a duet from "Don Giovanni" sung by Mariangel Cestari and Maestro Bill Doherty, who of course was the piano accompanist for all of the arias. Another audience favorite was the well known duet from "The Pearlfisher" sung by Mark and Sam.
Mariangel, who after a long absence has returned to the CFLO stable, gave an outstanding performance, and Mark and Sam, accompanied by Maestro Bill , blended their voices in a couple of duets as well as singing solo arias. Once again, the Opera Club was fortunate in having the pleasure of hearing these outstanding performers.
The Villages High School Senior Awards Scholarship Ceremony
On Tuesday, May 10, 2018, The Villages High School senior Awards Ceremony took place at the Savannah Center. More than 100 students sat on stage in anticipation of receiving awards and scholarships from 83 organizations, clubs and individuals. The Opera Club of The Villages was represented by Jackie and Roy Ullrich, and the following awards were given to the three students pictured below. At the left we have William Harwood, a saxophone player, who won our $8,000 Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship. Next we show Soprano Genesis Heart, who won a $1,000 Encouragement Award and who, by the way, was the Salutatorian of this year's senior class. Finally, Robert Gonzales was the recipient of this year's Oscar Feliu Award in the amount of $3,000. Robert was singled out as having been an outstanding contributor to the school's music program throughout his four years at TVHS.
New York Metropolitan Opera HD Simulcasts Coming to The Villages
In the fall of 2018, The Villages Theatre Division and Fathom Events will be entering into a partership which will help redefine "going to the movies" here in our community. Through this entertainment provider, The Villages Theatres will be able to offer unique entertainment content to include: The Metropolitan Opera, performing arts, music concerts miscellaneous other events, and even will give you ringside seats to limited sporting events. Most of these events will be offered in both live and encore presentations. The Villages Theatre Division is a proud supporter of the Opera Club of The Villages and their Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarships by donating proceeds from every ticket sale of any Metro-politan Opera event playing at The Villages Rialto Theatre. The Rialto Theatre will roll out a schedule for the upcoming event Cinema for he fall of this year.