Whether you are new to opera or a longtime fan, membership in the Opera Southwest (OSW) Guild offers you an unparalleled local opportunity to enjoy and learn more about opera while also supporting OSW.
As the volunteer support group for OSW, the Guild will allow you to:
LEARN MORE ABOUT OPERA
Guild members can enjoy an array of talks, listening groups and other learning possibilities at no, or minimal, charge. Informal talks by local opera notables, usually in private homes, can expand your appreciation for the art form. Guild listening groups preview and discuss operas. The annual Spring Concert is an opportunity to hear and talk with visiting artists. Guild members who join at the Silver and Gold membership levels (see membership form for details) receive invitations to special rehearsals and social gatherings with the artists.
In addition, through special arrangements with Opera News, a leading monthly opera magazine, Guild members may also subscribe for $16 – a 50% savings over the normal price.
HELP OPERA THRIVE
The OSW Guild is proud to be a major donor to Opera Southwest, largely through our members’ dues. In 2011, the Guild donated $3,500 to the company, and in 2012 we expect to exceed that. Thanks to the generosity of Guild members Terry and Nancy Lamm, the Guild is planning another fun and festive fundraising lecture and dinner-under-the-stars on Sunday, August 26 in the Lamms’ picturesque gardens in Downtown Albuquerque. Titled “Rossini Returns to 14th Street” in recognition of the first such event in August of 2010, the evening will be open only to the first 75 Guild members who reserve and pay. Invitations to the August 26 event will be mailed in mid-July, 2012.
The Guild Gift Shop operates during Opera Southwest performances and offers a selection of well-priced, quality merchandise to tempt almost any opera goer. Guild members have many enjoyable opportunities to help OSW thrive in Albuquerque. These include providing hospitality to visiting artists and assisting at the Guild gift shop.
And did we mention that Opera Southwest Guild members also have fun? Our annual holiday party in early December includes an old-fashioned cookie swap as well as camaraderie and plenty of good food and drink. Each year, we support a local charitable organization – in 2011, we raised more than $900 to provide warm winter clothes for the children at Cuidando Los Niños.
Annual membership starts at $25 for an individual and $40 for a couple. Higher categories with added benefits are available at $50/$80 and $100/$150.
Please download this Guild membership form in MS Word format, print and complete it, and send with your check payable to Opera Southwest Guild to:
Opera Southwest Guild
P.O. Box 37167
Albuquerque, NM 87176-7167
For more information, call us at 505-888-7376 and leave a message with your name and phone number. You can also contact us here.