"Thanks to the overwhelming support you’ve shown to San Diego Opera, the $500,000 challenge match has been met - what an amazing feat! You’ve helped us reach our initial fundraising goals, but there is still much work to be done to sustain opera in San Diego and we must keep up our efforts. Please consider a donation, large or small, to keep San Diego Opera strong, and check back to keep track of our progress from time to time. Thank you again- we could not have done it without you!"
Thank god. I don't know where this positions the organization as a long term strategy, but at least the leak has been plugged for the 2014-15 season. I'm elated. I'm elated to see that there are people out there who care as much about opera as I do.
Opera is such a niche form of entertainment, it certainly is not for everyone, and understandably so. It's actually absurd if you stop and consider: opera is a bunch of overly dramatic divas running around shrieking at the top of their lungs, doing vocal acrobatics that are so far out of the realm of normal that it's impossible to take it seriously. Opera is loud, shrill, over-dramatized, over-done, expensive, and outdated. But I love it. I love the pure emotion that it conveys, I love its drama and sheer excess, I love the impracticality of all of it. Opera naturally appeals to people like me, who live their lives partially in a beautiful fantasy world that they never quite grew out of.
Beyond the few of us that are simply born to love this art form, there are a myriad of other reasons why preserving opera is so important to the masses: it is historical, it is a snapshot of the values of civilizations during unique periods in our past, it is educational, and it is an outlet to communicate the deep and raw emotions that all people experience, it is a reflection of who we are and how we relate to others. According to The Guardian, "opera can make us see, feel and hear the world differently." Don't take my word for it, read up here.
I'm looking forward to continuing to have fabulous opera in my hometown. America's finest city must continue to uphold that name by offering America's finest performing arts entertainment. Do yourself a favor, and whether you're a long time opera fan or not, subscribe to their 2015 season. Try it, you'll like it. Or if you don't like it, at least you'll learn something. :)