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.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been no meetings for some time, and a resumption of activities is difficult to forecast.

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 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 dlsasmor@gmail.com or Roy Ullrich at pelicanroy28@gmail.com


ATTENTION!   Changes to the 2021 Harold S. Schwartz Scholarship Program

Due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, some changes have been made to the Schwartz Music Scholarship Program for this season.  These changes were made so that more eligible students can participate, and for the safety of students, their families, the judges, and competition volunteers.

Note these three important changes for the 2020-21 season:

ONLINE AUDITIONS  --  In-person auditions originally planned for April 3, 2021 will now be online!  When we receive the students' applications, detailed instructions will be sent to make a cell phone video that must be submitted by April 1, which will then be reviewed by the judging panel. Prerecorded tracks are now allowed.

ABILITY TO DEFER SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ONE YEAR  --  Winners will be given the option of deferring their scholarships from the 2021-22 to the 2022-23 academic year.

WAIVED REQUIREMENT TO PERFORM  --  The requirements for winners to perform in person at the April Opera Club meeting has been waived.

How should applicants proceed?

Continue your work on your application materials to meet the deadline and on preparing your audition piece.  This website contains a link to the Program Application and Eligibility Requirements documents that have been modified to reflect these changes.  Either the original application form or the modified form will be accepted.  There have been no changes to the application materials that must be sent to the address provided on the application and postmarked by the March 1, 2021 due date.

Please address any questions to Ms. Marty Taylor, Chair, Harold S. Schwartz Scholarship Committee at mtmetmail@gmail.com.

Three Tenors Plus One Successful Event
After a long pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic, at long last we were able to enjoy a live performance.  On Saturday, February 13, 2021, the long awaited "Three Tenors Plus One" concerts took place at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center.  Although both concerts were sold out, due to social distancing that amounted to what looked like a sparse, but nevertheless enthusiastic crowd.

The photo at the left shows the concert finale with Kathleen Kane as Mistress of Ceremonies, Maestro Bill Doherty at the piano, Miguel Salas, our Plus One Heather Ard, and Tenors Edward Washington and Fernando Varela.
The Cast of the 2021 "Three Tenors Plus One" Concert held at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 13, 2021:

Above (left to right) Edward Washington, Miguel Salas, Heather Ard, and Fernando Varela.

At left:  Fernando Varela, Edward Washing-ton, Mistress of Ceremonies Kathleen Kane, Maestro Bill Doherty, Heather Ard, and Miguel Salas.