WHAT IS ARDEA ARTS?
ARDEA ARTS creates and produces provocative new works of music-theater and opera to entertain, challenge and inspire today’s diverse global community, uplift the human spirit, and encourage new ways of seeing our world.
WHAT IS FAMILY OPERA INITIATIVE?
Family Opera Initiative (FOI) is a program created by Ardea Arts to bring to a widely diverse audience the opera experience in the form of new, original American "opera-musicals" that are accessible but challenging, made by exciting, unexpected artists, who speak to this audience through the artistic media of opera: music, words, theater, and visuals, with subject matter that matters.
The Family Opera Initiative was established by producer, stage director, choreographer and dramaturge Grethe Barrett Holby at American Opera Projects in 1995, as a means to reach out and develop new audiences for opera. FOI's repertory consists of CAT (2010), Flurry Tale (1999), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2001), Fireworks! (2002) and Animal Tales (2005).
GOVERNMENT: The National Endowment for the Arts
LEADERS: J. Speed Carroll, The Jaffe Family Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Elgort
PARTNERS: Lynn Schneider
SPONSORS: OPERA America: The Opera Fund; Patricia Deans; Aase H Holby
COMMISSIONERS: The AKC Fund
DIAMOND MEMBERS: The Michaelcheck Family Foundation
PLATINUM: Amy & Ronald Guttman, The Jody & John Arnhold, Robert L. Turner, Lion's Pride Foundation
GOLD: Martin and Jean Shafiroff, Siamak & Angela Samii, Raymond F. Steckel, Wegard Holby, Nicole S. Campbell; Michelle Childs; Laurie M Tisch Illumination Fund
SILVER: Andrew & Emily Gerson-Saines, Merle and Leslie Rabine, Melissa A. Geiger, Susan MacEachron, Beth Wittig, The Nir & Braufman Family Foundation, Joyce & Barry Cohen , Deborah Hearst, Jill Steinberg
BRONZE: Michael Loeb Sylvia Ander William & Meredith Mayer Norman Boyd Andy Arkin & Nancy Vines, Katherine Komaroff Goodman, Nicasio Del Castillo, Yolanda & Lenny Variano, Peter J. Wender, Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence Schechter, Stephen & Anne Whitehouse, Alexandra & Paul Herzan, Franco Colavecchia, Jane Comfort, Marie Reynolds, John Rockwell, Dhiren & Katherine Shah, Scott A. Dunn, Raymond Wetmore