WHAT: The First Annual OIO organized Alumni Gathering.
“Everyone has heard the old saying, ‘every journey begins with a single step,’ and nowhere is it truer than in a professional opera career. Opera in the Ozarks was my first step in that career. It was there that I learned how to perform under pressure. I had already performed opera on the University level, but Opera in the Ozarks was the place where I could sing in the native tongue and in a repertory situation where I was singing and working every night. This was invaluable to me professionally. To know if one can do something, the safest way to find out is to do it.”
The invaluable education and musical experience I received from Inspiration Point continues to help me even today as I sing at the world’s great opera houses.
– Chris Merritt, Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera
After a successful audition season last semester, that resulted in multiple offers, I’m going to be in the Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist Program at Central City Opera this summer! In my audition, they heard three pieces…all of which I sang in MasterClasses at OIO and they went smashingly! They also talked to me about my time at OIO, and asked me how I grew as an artist. I told them mostly how I grew through Penzance and Butterfly, and I wouldn’t have gotten that chance to grow if it weren’t for you (OiO)! I feel so privileged to have been in those shows… THANK YOU! It really is an amazing place…and I don’t think we quite realize our artistic growth until we’ve ended at OIO, and are back to our very different realities.
– Bille Bruley