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Operativo Houston strives to provide local artists with performance experience and additional income, and local audiences with quality chamber performances where they can also make meaningful connections with their local artists.


Critics of the classical music community, and of opera in particular, say that opera is a "dying art form" and suffers from "lack of interest," both from modern audiences and would-be artists themselves. A quick Facebook survey to determine interest in a Houston-based operatic summer program yielded 15 inquiries in the first 5 minutes. The average young artist program receives over 1,000 applications for 20-30 spots. Operativo strives to provide more work for the Houston-based classical artist.


Our goal is to achieve a sustainable company with the capability to stage 1-2 chamber operas per year, and several concerts which will include repertoire such as trio sonatas, cantatas, passions, oratorios, concert arias, and art songs.






Compensation for performers is as follows


1. Orchestral Performances - Artists are paid a fee.

  •  These performances give vocalists the experience of singing with chamber orchestra. This area is the most competitive, and is what we fund raise for all year!


2. Piano Performances - Artists cover lead/supporting roles and are paid a fee.

  • These are designed for younger singers who are hungry for opportunities to learn new roles, even with just a piano. These are our second cast performances; the venues will be similar to those of the orchestra performances, but where costs are lower.


3. Concerts - Artists are given a fee based on the total amount earned per performance.

  • During fund raising concerts, donations will be split among the singers and instrumentalists. Although financially, this is not a great money maker (yet), performers still get a chance to safely experiment with public performance.


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