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The Association for the Development of Vocal Artistry and Neighborhood Cultural Enrichment (ADVANCE) is a minority founded, not-for-profit professional vocal arts organization whose board and artists are committed to the promotion of understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of classical music and opera, emphasizing black themes. Under the general direction of its founder, soprano Cheryl Warfield, and with the collective efforts of the participatory artists, educators and advisory board, ADVANCE strives to present the highest quality programming, to attract and sustain diverse audiences, and to promote the growth and integrity of its artists, thereby enriching the community at large.
The Manhattan Opera Repertory Ensemble (MORE Opera) produces opera concerts and training programs under the umbrella of ADVANCE. MORE Opera strives to make opera accessible to the general public and to present concerts and educational programs to under-served audiences including disadvantaged youths and elderly persons throughout Manhattan.
Music gives pleasure and inspires the soul, enabling us to express, emote and gain understanding. Opera is possibly the most complete art form, and participation in an opera chorus can have a transforming effect. "OPERA UNLIMITED" introduces amateur choristers and audiences to opera and bridges diverse communities. Verdi’s "Aida" is the perfect choice for our community outreach programming to pique curiosity and stimulate interest for opera with its fantastic storyline and Nubian themes. Few small-sized opera presenters have the aspiration or ability to produce this opera, in part due to the need for a large and effective chorus.
ADVANCE/MORE Opera’s niche is opera in concert, focusing on the composer’s music and the voices. MORE also has an innovative and successful model to attract
community choristers from all backgrounds and musical levels. We utilize the talents of anyone interested in learning to sing opera, from untrained, non-music readers to college students and emerging artists. We partner a highly motivated, well trained community chorus with outstanding MET level professional soloists to create a grand night of music that is a fantastic experience for both performer and audience. ADVANCE/MORE Opera has given several successful productions using this formula.
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