Just as the guilds of old helped build Europe’s great architectural works (and build an increasingly flourishing economy!), so you have the opportunity to help Opera Wilmington stage its most ambitious work to date! By joining one of our guilds, you will meet like-minded individuals and provide support for an important aspect of a great cultural work.

Which guild best matches your interest?

If you are a singer at heart…or in the shower, join our Artists’ Guild!

  • Principal Singers cost $12,000
  • Sponsorships are available starting at $1,000

The character of Musetta is a singer who entertains the Parisian public with her fiery aria “Quando m’en vo” at the Café Momus in Act II. With a donation of $1,000 or more, you will be listed as an underwriter for a principal singer (you choose the role!)

  • Mimì – Jemeesa Yarborough
  • Rodolfo – Jonathan Kaufman
  • Musetta – Mary Claire Curran
  • Marcello – William Lee Bryan
  • Schaunard – Scott Ballantine
  • Colline – Carl Samet

If you love hearing live orchestral music, join our Orchestra Guild!

  • Our orchestra costs $22,000
  • Orchestral Score and Parts cost $600
  • Sponsorships are available starting at $500 (music underwriter or individual orchestra chair sponsor), $1,000 (concertmaster chair sponsor), or $5,000 (orchestra underwriter)

We first meet the character Schaunard, a musician, in Act I. He recounts his recent financial windfall from a wealthy English patron, who hired Schaunard to play violin for his dying parrot.

With a donation of $500 or more, you can underwrite the music (orchestral score and parts) or sponsor an individual orchestra member. With a donation of $1,000 or more, you can sponsor our dynamic concertmaster Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi! For a donation of $5,000 or more you will be listed as an orchestra underwriter.

If you love the power of choral singing, join our Chorus Guild!

  • The Chorus costs $5,000
  • Sponsorships are available starting at $250

With a donation of $250 or more, you will be listed as an underwriter for the chorus and have the chance to attend a choral rehearsal for La Bohème.

If you love fashion and sewing, join our Costumers’ Guild!

  • Costumes cost $15,000
  • Sponsorships are available starting at $250

Mimi, one of La Bohème’s lead characters, is a seamstress, and sings of her simple life as an embroiderer in her Act I aria “Sì, mi chiamano Mimi.”

With a donation of $250 or more, you can become part of our Costumers’ Guild and make a special visit to the costume shop to watch Mark Sorensen’s costume designs for La Bohème come to life.

If you love the visual arts (especially the art of trompe l’oeil, so important to the stage), join our Scenery Guild!

  • Set construction costs: $18,000
  • Sponsorships are available starting at $250

The character of Marcello is a painter, and in Act III, he is employed to paint signs for an innkeeper.

With a donation of $250 or more, you can become part of our Scenery Guild, meet our scenic designer Max Lydy, and get a sneak peek at his evocative set designs for La Bohème.

Shine some light on the production: join our Technical Guild!

  • Lighting costs $3000
  • Surtitles cost $500
  • Sponsorships are available starting at $250

The character of Rodolfo is a poet and playwright, who in Act I burns his latest script in order to keep his friends warm. He falls in love with Mimi when she asks him for help in lighting her candle, and he sees her bathed in moonlight.

With a donation of $250 or more, you will become part of our Technical Guild and have the chance to meet with our Artistic Director Nancy King and lighting designer Tara Noland to learn what goes into preparing supertitles and creating lighting cues.

If you just can’t stop thinking about La Bohème… join our Directors’ Guild

  • Artistic Team salaries (combined) cost $10,000
  • Sponsorships are available starting at $1,000

The character of Colline is a philosopher who shares the attic apartment with Rodolfo, Marcello and Schaunard. Deeply moved by the sight of a dying Mimi in Act IV, he sings an aria to his old coat, which he then pawns to buy her medicine. With a donation of $1000 or more, you can sponsor an artistic team member and have the chance to meet with them to hear their insights about La Bohème.

Artistic Director – Nancy King

Assistant Artistic Director/Costume Designer – Mark Sorensen

Set Designer – Max Lydy

Conductor – Daniel Brier

Chorus Master – Joe Hickman

Can’t choose? Love it all? …become a Production Sponsor!

  • Production sponsorships are available starting at $5,000

Please let us know of your interest! Send us an email at info@operawilmington.org and we will be in touch with you.

Here's this week's Opera IQ question:

On what work was La Bohème based?
  1. La Vie en Rose
  2. Rent
  3. Scènes de la vie de bohème

Click here to find the answer!

 

 

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