Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Collective presented the Opera Del Sol launch party.

The Collective presented Orlando's most exciting new performing arts concept, Opera del Sol at the Citrus Club (255 S Orange Ave, Ste 1800, Orlando, Florida 32801) on August 7, 2017. The evening was hosted by Andrae Bailey and Jon Busdeker of The Collective. That night also happened to be the birthday of  Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. At the party, I focused my attention on sketching the string quartet.

The mission of Opera del Sol, in partnership with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, is to change the way audiences experience opera and performance art by creating curated, conceptual productions in unexpected places. They are creating new ways to experience opera, musical theatre, and visual arts, opting out of traditional venues, and instead creating alluring productions in unique and intimate settings. They will combine the visual and performance arts with cleverly curated foods and beverages to provide those unexpected thrills.

Founder Nichole Dupre was there to introduce the inaugural season. With venues in both Orlando and Brevard County, Opera del Sol will open this Fall with Opera Wars, an original production set in outer space, and close with the thrilling musical theatre classic, Sweeney Todd.

Keeping with their cross-arts mission, the company will also feature a curated art show with local artist Peterson Guerrier, and will also perform Bon Appetit, a one woman opera based on a well known Julia Child broadcast, accompanied with a five-course dinner presented by Publix.

Mark Your Calendar. Opera del Sol is hosting a Happy Hour fundraiser and Opera Wars Cast Meet and Greet on Tuesday November 7, 2017, from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Ace Cafe (100 W Livingston St, Orlando, Florida 32801).

 The countdown for Opera del Sol presents Opera Wars in Orlando begins. Join the cast at The Abbey Friday November 24th and Saturday November 25th. Show times are at 7pm, with a matinee on Saturday. Tickets available at:

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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