What people say....
"I owe such a debt of gratitude to everyone who makes Opera NEO tick. This is a wholly supportive young artist environment and it provides incredible summer operas to Southern California. This organization is truly a testament to the fact that compelling and artful creation can thrive outside of seven figure donors, big name stars, and general grandeur."
Jennifer Wu, 2014
"What a month...an amazing, life-changing, tough, inspirational journey. I am grateful for each of my wonderful colleagues, and for the truly amazing faculty. There are not words to express how much I have enjoyed working with all of you guys, and I hope that we will work together again in the future!"
Stephen Maus, 2013
"While studying at Opera Neo I received helpful, candid answers to gritty questions in addition to excellent tutorship and performance experience. I look forward to entering the professional world because of my time there."
Nathan Ward, 2013
"Opera NEO truly lives up to its name in pushing opera to a ‘new edge’. Each member of the esteemed faculty at Opera NEO invests individualized attention into deepening each young artist’s growth and development as an artist, a musician, a colleague, and a person. The program is both challenging and inspiring. My experience at Opera NEO has left me with a more informed understanding of the professional opera world, a new outlook on what it takes to be an artist, and a reinvigorated passion for this art."
Samantha Kantak, 2012
"Opera NEO was an oasis in which I could retreat and perfect my craft. This summer was invaluable to me as a singer - getting the time to work on new ideas, not just preparing for the next "gig", helped me take my art strides ahead. The faculty could not have been more ideal. This truly is a special program."
Julie-Anne Hamula, 2012
"Opera NEO was an incredible experience for me! I grew in so many ways, mentally, spiritually, musically and emotionally! I loved being able to work with so many incredible people on a daily basis and learn from their expertise and passion. I gained so many friends and colleagues that I admire and look up to. But I also gained a sense of confidence about the role I can play in this amazing world of music and opera! It was an incredible experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world!"
Allysa Packard, 2012
"Opera NEO is a wonderful program for emerging artists and younger students alike. The staff is absolutely incredible and pushes each artist to reach a new level with their art, while nurturing strengths and strengthening weaknesses. I was so inspired by the passion each staff member and participant exuded in creating and interpreting beautiful music. I left Opera NEO with amazing, new colleagues and friends, and a refreshed view on how to continue my journey in this crazy opera world."
Loghan Bazan, 2012