Founded in 2007 by Executive Director Cindy Sadler, Spotlight began as a one week summer program at St. Edward's University in Austin, TX, culminating in a scenes program. Over the next few years, we expanded to four weeks, and produced our first complete opera --- Gianni Schicchi, set in 1980s Austin, with original translation by Cindy Sadler. By 2010 Spotlight operated as a community opera troupe in the fall and spring and a training program for aspiring singers in the summer, producing concerts, scenes programs, and evenings of one act operas in the fall and spring, and two mainstage productions with a scenes program, concerts, and classes in the summer. Over the years, we have produced over twenty-five full operas and countless scenes programs, concerts, and events.
In 2012, Spotlight struck out on its own, operating independently of sponsorship. In 2014, the community opera troupe model was discontinued in favor of forming a professional concert opera, Spotlight Concerts, in the fall and spring, with Spotlight on Opera continuing the training program in the summer months.
In the 2015-2106, we realized several dreams: we added a children's opera to our lineup, received our 501 (c)3 status, and moved the summer program to the Texas State University Campus in San Marcos, a small Hill Country city forty minutes south of Austin.
Summer 2018 brings a very exciting development. We are pleased to announce that Spotlight 2018 will take place at the distinguished Hurley School of Music on the beautiful campus of Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport. The summer program will run for five weeks and feature classes in the business of singing, finances, acting, movement, social media, and other topics; fully staged productions of La bohemé and The Pirates of Penzance; a touring children’s opera, scenes showcase, and concerts; master classes with the industry's movers and shakers; audition videos for all participants; and more.
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