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.
In the past two years we have awarded $60,000 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 exisiting email address, please contact Roy Ullrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because we have outgrown the room in which our meetings have taken place for the past several years, we have switched to the Lincoln Theater of the Laurel Manor Recreation Center. Beginning in February 2014, we have held out meetings on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. The exception will be November and December 2014, when Thanksgiving and Christmas fall on the fourth Thursday and alternate arrangements will be made.
March 2014 Opera Club Meeting
On Thursday, March 27, a group of performers from the University of Florida in Gainesville appeared at our meeting to talk about and sing excerpts from a new opera being world premiered on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville.
The picture above shows members of the Board of Directors of the Opera Club of The Villages, along with Dr. Anthony Offerle, the director of the opera at far right, and Dr. Stella Sung, the composer of the opera in the red shawl just to the left of the white column, as well as the singers and the piano accompanist who performed.
In addition to several selections from "The Red Silk Thread" the performers also entertained us with several arias from well known operas.
As the poster at left shows, there will be two performances of this new opera - on April 17th and 19th - and ticket prices range from $25 to $40. Tickets are available through the Curtis M. Phillips Center box office at 800-905-2787.