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DVO begins 25th season: It ain’t over ‘till (somebody) sings


Getting down to basics, I asked, “What is opera?” “No more than musical theatre from another country,” Castel replied. “Being able to present foreign language productions with ‘supertitles’ [English translation on the big screen], this makes the material really accessible to everyone—not to mention the music.

“This 25th anniversary gives the DVO an opportunity to share new beginnings, ushering in a new era, if you will, while honoring the magnificent history of the DVO.”

Like the proverbial “phoenix rising from the ashes,” the DVO appears determined to change and grow with the community it serves. When asked what we (the general public) can expect from a night at the opera, Castel’s enthusiasm was contagious. “You can expect to laugh and cry, if we do our job correctly. Opera allows us to experience a wide range of emotions and share the human experience.”

Although the company has many professionals in its midst, it is also a place for those studying the art form to hone their craft in a nurturing environment. Many young singers have gotten their start right here in the Upper Delaware Valley, and the DVO revels in the talent that lives here and participates in the productions. Social interaction seems to be key to the future success of the company, since “It takes a village,” volunteers, interns, stage hands, costumers and singers rejoicing in a musical collaboration that involves many in dedication to serving their community by providing quality productions worthy of any venue. I’m looking forward to seeing for myself as the season unfolds, having experienced (first hand) the mounting excitement surrounding the “dawning of a new day” for the Delaware Valley Opera.

In addition to the full length operas, there are “House Concerts,” a crafts fair and flea market, the DVO “Books Project,” among other programs. For a complete schedule of events, and information on how to get involved with the DVO, visit delawarevalleyopera.org or call 845/252-3136.