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Family Opera Initiative is a not-for-profit opera company created to bring a fresh, uniquely American opera experience to widely diverse audiences. To achieve that goal, we bring together established and emerging artists to create new work to redefine and revitalize opera for the twenty-first century. Our goal is to create original operas that are accessible but challenging, made by artists who speak to us with subject matter that matters. We are committed to engaging the community in the process and performance of the work - work that enchants, challenges, and inspires multigenerational audiences - our definition of Family; work that makes us laugh, cry and acknowledge who we are, as Americans and as global citizens.
Ardea Arts Inc, DBA Family Opera Initiative (FOI)
FOI began in 1995 with the goal to create a new opera repertory for family audiences. Since that time, we have created five new works: Flurry Tale, Animal Tales, Fireworks!, CAT, and Sir Gawain & the Green Knight. We have now begun work on our sixth new opera, The Three Astronauts. (see our website for details on the above) In addition, we are now working on a touring program which will enable us to engage people far outside the walls of the opera house.
Family Opera Initiative (FOI), was established by opera director-choreographer Grethe Barrett Holby in 1995 with the goal to create a new opera repertory for family audiences.
To date, we have created five new works including Flurry Tale (1999), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2001),Fireworks! (2002) Animal Tales (2008) and CAT (2010), working with such artists as Billy Aronson, Camille Assaf, Kitty Brazelton, Eugenio Carmi, Kenneth Cavander, Franco Colavecchia, Umberto Eco, Peter Kazaras, Richard Peaslee, Rusty Magee, George Plimpton, Clifton Taylor, and Amy Trompetter - extraordinary artists, unexpected in the field of family entertainment.
Premieres with American Opera Projects, the Clark Studio Theater, TADA!, and Fort Greene Park, (Brooklyn), The Central Park Zoo (NYC), Infinity Music Hall (CT), and The Parrish Art Museum (NY). Workshops have taken place at AOP, FOI, Atlantic Center for the Arts (FL), Montclair State University (NJ), and New York City and Norfolk CT area schools.
We have now begun work on our sixth new opera, "The Three Astronauts," international in scope. (please see our website for details on the above) In addition, we are instituting a touring program which will enable us to engage people far outside the walls of the opera house.
Ardea/FOI is a professional member of Opera America, Theater for Youth Assitej/USA, IPAY, and TCG.