Opera By Request

Opera By Request is an opera company where singers perform all manner of operatic repertoire in concert format, not such an unusual concept. The twist is that the repertoire is decided by the participants, not the company directorate. In other words, if two or more performers contact Opera by Request regarding a specific opera, Opera by Request will fill out the remaining cast and arrange the performance details. Specifics of performance will be worked out in advance between the organization and the interested performers. The operas will generally be performed without chorus, and some supporting roles may be omitted. However, all the major scenes involving principals will be performed in their entirety. Since 2007, Opera by Request has performed dozens of operas.

Singers appreciate the chance to learn the roles they love, many performing a role for the first time! Audiences enjoy hearing singers perform the roles that inspire them. And everyone gets to enjoy the music in a comfortable and supportive environment.

Opera by Request was founded by William Shookhoff, who currently serves as Artistic Director.

New & notable

What's new

ToMA Children's Choir Starting September 12!

Our ToMA Online Choir - for children ages 6-12 - is gearing up to start rehearsing on Saturday, September 12. The cost for the choir is $270 per term, with two terms during the school year. Rehearsals run from 10-11 Saturday mornings, and rehearse via Google Meet. Feel free to contact us for the link to our rehearsal room, and join in the musical fun! You can join us starting anytime, even partway through the season (we will made adjustments to the fee for later starts).

To see just a small sample of what they do, click Read More to see one of the videos from our Summer Virtual Choir program.

Why Online-Only Lessons?

We've heard from many of you asking both when we will be able to return to in-person lessons, as well as why we are working only online with our students. The first answer is, we don't know. But the second answer is simple: safety. And we have the science to back it up.