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Trinity Lyric Opera makes plans for its second annual

Gala Fund Raiser

Plans are currently underway for our second annual Gala Fund Raiser to be scheduled shortly. Please check our website frequently for updates on the date and time, or e-mail an inquiry to us at to receive an update. Featured once again this year will be a silent and live auction, excerpts from the repertoire sung by past, present and future TLO artists, with fine refreshments of champagne and hors d'oeuvres. The location will be in TLO's home city, Castro Valley, California. Be sure to attend and meet other opera-lovers and arts-minded individuals who are concerned for TLO's future, and enjoy a memorable evening knowing that you are making a difference in the cultural life of the residents of our entire area.

All the proceeds from TLO's Gala Fund Raiser are will be in support of our 2008 Season, which opens on July 18 with Robert Ward's "The Crucible," based on the well-known play by Arthur Miller. "The Crucible" is a story of false accusations and guilt by association set in the Puritan era of American history, as three young girls accuse a popular and respected preacher of supporting witchcraft. Join us on July 18, 20, 25 or 27 for this rare opportunity to see a truly remarkable opera.

Thanks to the momentum and notoriety we've gained with our presentations of "The Tender Land" and "The Pilgrim's Progress," we're earning a reputation as the up and coming new company in this region, with a tremendous future in store for us. We truly appreciate the support of all our patrons during our previous seasons, and hope to see that many more will consider a deeper engagement this year by participating in our company's activities in one or more ways:

See a Performance ~Attending our productions, and encouraging friends and family to come along, is the cornerstone of ensuring our continued place in the community.

Volunteer ~ We need your help in a variety of areas including marketing, fundraising, set construction, costume making, and event assistance.

Support the Opera ~ Mounting a professional quality opera requires more than artistic talent. It requires dedication from opera fans that support these endeavors. Please consider doing what you can financially to ensure the future of innovative opera in our region.

This year, community support is more important than ever. We are at a crossroads in our growth as a company, and in our ability to continue presenting the professional caliber performances that are the hallmark of TLO. I hope that you will consider joining our loyal supporters to make our 2008 season possible. We need to raise one half of our projected expenses by May 31 so that plans may proceed with our staging of "The Crucible."

Thank you for your support and generous understanding. Please peruse our website, or write and ask for more information about our production of "The Crucible," as well as our up-coming Hoiiday programs, and consider deepening your involvement in our company. Above all, join us in celebrating the pure joy of opera at our performances this season! Please contact our board Chair of Development, Jennifer Dirking, at if you have any questions.

In reaching out to our community with our Fund Raisers, we seek to establish a personal and professional bond which results in deep friendships and a co-laboring spirit by which we all can grow. Our hat is off in gratitude to all those who help make our second Gala Fund Raiser a huge success! Bravi Tutti!

With our deepest of thanks and warm regards,

Alan Thayer, Founder and Executive Director

PS: Contributors at the $100 level and above will be invited to our Opening Night Event on July 18th.

First Annual Arts Walk

Trinity Lyric Opera's Founder and Executive Director, Alan Thayer, walks for TLO! By participating in the first annual Arts Walk Santa Clara Charity Fundraiser for local performing arts groups, held on April 14th at Central Park in Santa Clara, Trinity Lyric Opera was able to raise funds toward its upcoming 2007 Season. Sponsors made their tax-deductible pledges to support Alan's committment to walk the five kilometer course as a tangible expression of their desire to help their favorite performing arts organization. "I think this is a wonderful idea," said Alan, the day of the walk, "and everyone benefits from what is really a 'win-win' situation. The arts organisations represented benefit from tangible financial support, and those contributing benefit with a tax deduction, as well as having heir name included in the Company's program. And another great benefit for companies represented here is the networking opportunities."

The Santa Clara Arts Walk is the brain-child of Michael Morris, who felt that performing arts groups needed to seek another avenue of funding in today's communities. Not only did Alan walk for Trinity Lyric Opera, but the Company also had a tangible presence during the event with its own booth, in which publicity materials were distributed and many interested community members were able to meet staff members attending the event and see excerpts from our past performances on a TV screen at the booth. Large banners were made for the event, and our booth was located in an ideal location ensuring the maximum of foot-traffic in front of the booth.

"I am already looking forward to next year's event, which promises to be even bigger and better, with many more interested arts-minded people attending," said Alan. "I am also very much looking forward to a higher level of support pledged next year, which is crucial to our on-going work. I had a wondeful time this year, and even loved walking, the park was lovely, and the camraderie was great!"

Check our website next year for information on Arts Walk 2008, and do please consider what your role would be in support of Trinity Lyric Opera!

Volunteers Needed

Have you ever wanted to get some hands-on experience in helping an opera company? Have the performing arts been tickling your fancy but you have not had the time to devote to rehearsals or long performance runs? We have the perfect answer for you: Trinity Lyric Opera is actively seeking volunteers to assist with preparations for upcoming productions.

1) We need individuals who can lend a hand with transporting sections of scenery from the scene shop to the theatre. It is true that many hands make light work, and the camaraderie while helping out is enjoyable. We are always in need of help in loading the truck with costumes, set pieces and drops, and then insuring their return at the end of the run.

2) Are you good with a sewing machine? Our costume department desperately needs volunteers to help with sewing and costume alterations. We always plan on several Saturday morning sew-ins prior to performances, and would love to have you help out. Getting acquainted with each other, and with our wardrobe and costume manager, Dannie Gober, over needle and thread, and Danish and coffee would be a wonderful way to make a difference in the cultural life of our community.

Posters and postcards

We are also seeking individuals to help with distributing our posters. Our posters are elegant and very eye-catching, but they won’t put themselves up by themselves. We can use your help in placing posters in doctor’s offices, business shop windows, individual work places, librairies, downtown kiosks, employee bulletin boards, laundromats, etc.; you are limited only by your imagination. Contact us through the Link on our home page to let us know how many posters and postcards you can use to help publicize our performances of "The Tender Land." We will send them to by mail, with our gratitude! You can also download for printing on your home computer's printer, our poster which you can tailor to a size that you feel is best suited to your favorite posting spots.



The Chorus of Trinity Lyric Opera, which was singled out as "outstanding" in last year's production of "The Pilgrim's Progress," is an excellent opportunity for seasoned singers and voice students alike to sing in a professional opera presentation. Our tenor section currently has openings for three or more good tenors. If you have experience in other opera choruses, or have sung choral music in some of our area-wide groups, we invite you to contact us to see how you might become a part of our upcoming productions. Rehearsals are generally held on Monday evenings in Los Altos, just prior to the beginning of staging and blocking rehearsals.

Please contact Alan Thayer, Executive Director of Trinity Lyric Opera, at 510-427-3432, or for more information on scheduling, and on how you can become part of our outstanding chorus.

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