Monthly Meetings of THE OPERA CLUB OF THE VILLAGES are held on the fourth Thursday of every month from September until May, although there are exceptions due to special circumstances. There are no meetings during the summer.
Our regular meeting place is the Lincoln Theater of the Laurel Manor Recreation Center at Buena Vista Boulevard and County Road 466. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. We start with a brief business meeting, followed by entertainment. We try to provide live entertainment whenever possible (and within the constraints of our budget) but occasionally have a DVD presentation. The meeting concludes with refreshments being served. These are provided by our members.
Membership in the Opera Club is open to all residents of The Villages. Knowledge of opera, or the ability to sing are certainly not prerequisites - - we get together because we like opera, and want to share this love of good music with our fellow Villagers.
Annual dues are just $15.00 per person and go toward entertainment at our meetings and operating expenses. As noted above, the season runs from September through May of the following year.
The 2018-19 Opera Club season came to a spectacular end with a rousing performance by Central Florida Lyric Opera artists under the direction of Maestro Bill Doherty and entitled "Passione." Michelle and Andrew Struhar sang solo arias as well as duets, Baritone Miguel Salas performed passionately, Mariangel Cestari displayed her sweet soprano artistry, and we were privileged to hear soprano Sara Burns, who gave her first public performance after winning the Bill Doherty Award upon graduation from Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala.
Top row (left to right) Michelle and Andrew Struhar, Miguel Salas, Mariangel Cestari. Bottom row: the entire cast, Miguel Salas, Andrew and Michelle and their baby, Sara Burns, Mariangel Cestari, and Maestro Bill Doherty. Michelle Struhar and Andrew Struhar.