OPERA NORTH’S REIMAGINED SUMMERFEST 2020 CONCERTS

An aerial view of Blow-Me-Down Farm, 2018

Opera North has been been an active participant on the arts working group of the New Hampshire Task Force for Reopening the Economy, working with colleagues across the state to develop plans to reopen the arts sector here in New Hampshire. 

Considering all possible options for Summerfest this year meant determining what you, our audience and advocates expected of us. Board members personally called patrons and supporters to ask you directly. Resoundingly, we heard you express a hunger for live music and the fervent desire to come together as a community — outdoors and with appropriate physical distancing.

In our new, physically distanced and cautious world, we will offer two family-friendly outdoor concerts at Blow-Me-Down Farm in August. Thanks to generous donors, admission to these performances will be free:

  • Bluegrass and Broadway on Saturday, August 1, featuring Klea Blackhurst, an actress, singer and comedienne, pianist Michael Rice, and Plainfield legends Pooh Sprague and the Four Hoarsemen. 
  • The Magic Flute on Thursday, August 6, and Saturday, August 8. Presented in a concert format, the performance will be sung in English and feature a cast of 10 singers with a 24-piece orchestra conducted by Louis Burkot, Opera North Artistic Director.

WITH YOUR SUPPORT, WE WILL SING ON!

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COVID-19 and the ensuing shutdown have had a devastating impact on Opera North. As with our fellow performing arts organizations, our earned and contributed income are both down significantly from this time last year. Income from ticket sales, contributions from the local business community, annual fund contributions, and the loss of income from the cancellation of our pre-season gala total nearly $350,000. That’s roughly 35 percent of our total annual income.

Please consider a gift to Opera North at this time. Your support — no matter the amount — will truly make a difference!

Thank you to the partners and producers who have helped make
Opera North and Blow-Me-Down Farm a reality.

PARTNERS

SAINT-GAUDENS NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

PRODUCERS

MARILYN CRICHLOW
SYLVIA AND BILL PAXTON
LINDA AND RICK ROESCH
JANE AND BILL STETSON

Thank you to our corporate sponsors and underwriters

Corporate Sponsors

Foundations

BOATWRIGHT FOUNDATION

THE JACK & DOROTHY
BYRNE FOUNDATION

THE COUCH FAMILY FOUNDATION

HYPERTHERM HOPE FOUNDATION

LANE AND ELIZABETH DWINELL CHARITABLE TRUST

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

NEW HAMPSHIRE
CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS

NORTHERN BORDERS
REGIONAL COMMISSION

OPERA AMERICA
INNOVATION FUND

J.C. KELLOGG FOUNDATION FUND

SAMUEL P. HUNT FOUNDATION

TIMKEN FOUNDATION

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