Tempo’s 10 years old – and looking better than ever, don’t you think? As I begin my second year as Chair, I’m proud to be just one small part of a thriving organization. Minnesota Opera has led the path, proving that opera is not only healthy but also has a place in the 21st century. In addition, through a dedicated base of volunteers, Tempo has helped supplement an already strong audience with the next generation of opera goers in their 20s and 30s.
This year’s volunteer Board of Directors is the largest group Tempo has ever had, and I’m continually amazed by the passion, dedication, optimism and enthusiasm they bring to the organization. We are a diverse group, but one of the common themes amongst us is that Tempo is more than just attending operas; it’s a community.
We are very fortunate to have a strong arts scene in the Twin Cities, and opera here is thriving. These days you can see opera on traditional stages like the Ordway or Orchestral Hall, but also in a park, in the ruins of an old mill, or even in a bar. Opera is quickly reaching new audiences with its gift of an unamplified voice soaring out over the orchestra and reaching inside and squeezing your guts.
This season is shaping up to be fantastic: not only some of the best operas from the repertoire of Puccini, Verdi, and Donizetti, but a world premier and rarely produced version of Hamlet. Tempo will be at each production to educate and entertain, and continue to introduce opera to the next generation. I invite you to check us out, whether it’s your first opera or your hundredth – I promise you’ll enjoy it.
See you at the Opera!
Chair, Tempo Board of Directors