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Volunteer with OperAmore!

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London, GB
Volunteer with OperAmore!

London Centre for Italian Opera
Starting up Commitee
366 Camden Road, London N70LG
mobile phone:+447789533926

We are searching for an enthusiastic and effective trustee who helps us to set up our charity and to implement its initial activity.

Person specifications
General skills
- integrity,
- a commitment to the organisation and its objectives,
- an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and
liabilities of Trusteeship,
- a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a Trustee
- strategic vision,
- good, independent judgement,
- an ability to think creatively a willingness to speak their mind,
- an ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
Specific skills
- a proven passion for the Italian classical music, opera and culture,
- previous experience in the management of small-size arts organizations,
- present or past experience as professional, entrepreneur or executive, preferably in the financial sector,
- a track record in fund-raising and networking,
- good working knowledge of Skype or MSN Messenger, as many meetings will take place as conference calls,
- London-based and with substantial London connections.
We will take into consideration promising candidates which may not meet all of the above desiderata.

Terms and conditions
- This will be a non-paying position which will bring to the trustee the satisfaction of participating in a culturally worthwhile project and the opportunity for personal and professional interaction with those arts organizations, academic institutions, and business ventures which we expect to support or join the OperAmore initiative.
- The duration of the trusteeship is still to be decided, but is likely to be three years.
If you would like to apply send your cv and covering letter to: Angelo Pinto, co-ordinator-artistic director
Use the same contact if you have any questions about the post.


Opera is one of the most representative and widely known artistic expressions of the Italian cultural identity, and in London we have a high concentration of lovers of Italian opera – but no dedicated organization specifically devoted to this art form. Enter OperAmore! As London Centre for Italian Opera, its intention is to complement those institutions, venues and production companies which regularly stage performances of Italian opera.

OperAmore, London Centre for Italian Opera, is to devote itself to artistic training and audience development in a context of lifelong learning, addressing the opera professional as well as all those with an interest in this art form.
Our ambition is to find new ways to promote love for Italian culture in the United Kingdom through opera – one of Italy's most glorious cultural exports. OperAmore intends to reach out to people of all social backgrounds, ethnicities and nationalities.

Our training activities for singers and other artists of Italian Opera will be inspired by these concepts:

-international perspective, since our courses will take place partly in the United Kingdom and partly in Italy, thereby exposing the students to different artistic styles and practices;
-practical hands-on training devised in close cooperation with existing organisations active in the production of operas, the staging of festivals, the practice of arts management, etc;
- a clear emphasis on the specifically Italian tradition of teaching the art of operatic singing.

Through its audience development activities OperAmore will sidestep the tired old concept, historically unfounded, of opera as a self-referring, self-contained genre enjoyed as an exclusionary and elitist art form. While more than willing to address and engage the traditional opera lover, OperAmore intends to develop alternative approaches to opera that will appeal to today's omnivorous, eclectic, multifarious London audiences, interested in the arts but also intellectually curious and always eager for the new.

As the London Centre for Italian Opera, OperAmore will offer a range of activities:

cultural events revolving around Italian opera, Italian classic music,
Italian culture and the Italian language,
meetings and talks before and after opera performances,
apéritifs, dinners and parties graced by distinguished singers and musicians,
group outings to opera-related events such as book and CD presentations and art exhibitions,
opera and music appreciation courses for schools,
students and adults,
advanced level training course for post-graduate students of singing to be developed in partnership with Italian as well as British opera theatres and/or festivals, thereby exposing the students to different artistic styles and practices,
temporary and permanent exhibitions about Italian opera,
a specialised library of Italian opera and classical music,
a dedicated Music Listening Room.

This admittedly ambitious range of activities will become a reality only through the good will and generosity of sponsors and funding bodies. OperAmore is presently configuring itself as a charity with a view to gain legal status as such. We are also seeking partners and stakeholders, such as opera companies and arts organizations, as well as individual volunteers.

A note on our name, OperAmore. This composite brand name combines two Italian words (opera and amore) well known to the majority of the British public, in whose collective imaginary they happen to be closely related. This name can also be read by English-speakers as the combination of 'opera' and 'more', thereby conveying that our organization is meant to meet a growing demand for this art form in the United Kingdom. The capitalized 'A', however, invites to utter the name in its Italian pronunciation.

Members of the Organizational Committee

- Angelo Pinto (coordinator and artistic director), Classical Music & Opera Manager, Lecturer and Musicologist,
- Gianni Ferrari (adviser), Ceo, ABC Interglocal Limited,
- Paola Quaglia (adviser) Italian Repertoire and Language Coach at the Vocal Faculty and Opera School of the Royal College of Music,
- Roberto Trippini (adviser), lyricist and librettist, Professional Writer Associate of Mercury Musical Developments (MMD).

Members of the Honorary Committee
- Michele Trimarchi, Professor in Cultural Economics at Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna,
- Francesco Ernani, General Director of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna.
user 72770692
London, GB
Post #: 1
Hello, I would love to come up with live performances. I am a classical singer and very much enjoy performing Italian arias and operas. I recently had a solo performance at Wigmore Hall and felt very excited being there. I would love to come up with ideas and help as well. If this would help, please contact me here:
0777 322 5639
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