Deadline: Tuesday, April 3
Why it’s good: Minnesota Opera commissioned a children’s opera that adapts Lois Lowry’s celebrated young-adult novel The Giver. Lowry’s futuristic book has resonated with readers for almost two decades now with its message of individuality and the importance of knowledge and memory. The youth ensemble of Project Opera will dramatize those themes onstage April 27-29. The project not only introduces kids to the inscrutable-seeming world of opera through English lyrics and a powerful, easy-to-relate-to story, but also facilitates the premiere of a new work by a living composer, Susan Kander.
Rewards: Fans of the novel, the opera, or both may be eager to give at the highest donation levels: Contributors of $500 or more can snag an invitation to a reception with author Lowry and composer Kander.
Why Kickstarter: The Giver is Minnesota Opera’s first attempt at Kickstarter-funding, but Jenna Wolf, the opera’s Individual Gifts Officer, says they’ve been impressed with the support they’ve received so far. “The Project Opera kids performing in The Giver are also enthusiastic about this campaign, and using Kickstarter makes it easy for them to share the project with friends and family,” she adds.
Last word: Wolf says, “The creation of a new opera written for young voices connects with the greater mission of Minnesota Opera, to create new works and keep the art form alive and constantly evolving.”