Founded in 2007 by Executive Director Cindy Sadler, Spotlight began as a one week summer program at St. Edward's University in Austin, 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 in an 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 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 beautiful San Marcos, a small Hill Country city forty minutes south of Austin.
In Summer 2017, our summer program will run for four weeks and feature classes in the business of singing, finances, acting, and other topics; full opera productions, scenes, and concerts; master classes with the industry's movers and shakers; a student directing program; audition videos and headshots for all participants; and more. We also maintain a presence in Austin and throughout Central Texas with touring children's opera and concerts!
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