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Rebecca Carr

Rebecca Carr

It is with heartfelt appreciation that I extend my sincere thanks to the Skaneateles Area Arts Council (SKARTS) for its generous support of my mission to bring opera to Auburn, my hometown. My 2018 SKARTS grant will fund performances of operatic repertoire, with educational components, at Auburn Public Theater.

I am also humbled, and thankful to the Directors of APT, Angela Daddabo and Carey Eidel, who share my mission of bringing The Arts to the community, and who have agreed to co-produce the project.

Thanks to a Mother who understood the importance of Culture and The Arts in society, I was exposed to classical music early on, and then to opera, once it was evident that I showed talent for singing. I was fortunate to experience a life, thanks to the pursuit of a career in Opera, that I wouldn't have otherwise. Since moving home to Auburn, I have noted a lack of such opportunity here, and look forward to providing a small glimpse of that rich world.

Opera may appear to be about remote subjects, sung un-understandable foreign languages, giving the notion that one must have vast knowledge of it prior to hearing it. I want to dispel those myths, put a relatable face to the art form as an artist, and to inspire those in attendance to open their minds, ears, and hearts to a visceral, emotional experience.

I will bring Opera out of the grand theater into an intimate, up-close setting. Interspersed with the performances of well-beloved arias, background, historical context, and other, personally relatable material, will be offered alongside the world’s most famous melodies.

Happily, Auburn boasts of an active Community Orchestra, Civic Band, Masterworks Chorale, and the Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival (where I am proud to say I got my start on stage), but there is currently little opportunity for exposure to Opera and classical solo vocal music. These performances will provide that, and, hopefully, plant the seed for further interest in the art form, the world that it opens up for those who experience it, and the thrill of hearing the un-amplified human voice.

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Singer Rebecca Carr lives in Owasco. All thank you letters are reprinted as submitted.

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