Founded in 2015, the Greve Opera Academy and Music Festival is a collaborative effort between the American performing organizations Connecticut Lyric Opera and Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the municipality of Greve-in-Chianti in the province of Florence. The inaugural festival featured a fully staged production of Le Nozze di Figaro performed in the Teatro Boito in Greve, the Teatro Niccolini in San Casciano and in the public square – Piazza Metteotti – of Greve, as well as additional performances in Greve, Rada-in-Chianti, Panzano and Strada-in-Chianti. Student participants attended from the United States, Italy, China and Poland.

Connecticut Lyric Opera

Now in our thirteenth season, Connecticut Lyric Opera is Connecticut’s only full-season professional opera company, and the fastest growing company in New England. The mission of Connecticut Lyric Opera is threefold:

  • Inspire: To contribute to the cultural life of Connecticut with high quality operas, concerts and recitals from the traditional and contemporary repertoires.
  • Involve: To encourage the development of Connecticut-based singers and musicians through their participation in professional opera productions and other public performances.
  • Instill: To present opera to people of all ages in such a way as to foster a love and appreciation of the art form.

To these ends, CLO produces three fully staged opera productions per season with orchestra and chorus, an adapted opera production by Young Artists for student audiences for our OPERAtunities program, as well as a number of other concerts and recitals throughout the year featuring CLO soloists and orchestra members. – See more at: http://ctlyricopera.org

Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

Established in 1997, The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra is Connecticut’s premier professional chamber orchestra dedicated to presenting both traditional and contemporary classical chamber works to the public. The Orchestra, led by founder and Artistic Director Adrian Sylveen continues to grow in size and repertoire, presenting approximately twenty five regular and educational performances each year in New Britain, New London, Middletown, New York, and, since fall of 2009, in Waterbury. Over the last decade the orchestra also performed in Hartford, Mystic, Meriden, CT, New York, and Pennsylvania. The organization consists of approximately 27 professional Musicians, and administrative staff of four (part time). Matthew Burry joined the Orchestra as an Executive director in the fall of 2013. The mission of Virtuosi is to preserve and perpetuate the great traditions of orchestral music through the expansion of its public performance season, its education series, and, by showcasing the excellence of regional and international talent. In the choice of repertoire special attention is given to music from Eastern Europe. The Orchestra collaborates on many projects with the New Britain Chorale, CCSU, Middletown Concert Association, Chopin Foundation in NY, and others. The Virtuosi performs approximately 35 times a year in many major performing arts centers throughout the state, and in NY.We co-produce fully staged opera productions with the Connecticut Lyric Opera. Virtuosi also collaborates on a community music school project with the Tunxis College in Farmington. In addition to performances the Orchestra makes an effort to enrich the community by providing other programs such as free tickets to the local schools, lectures etc. A frequent guest at the Kosciusko Foundation’s Chamber Music Series, in 2003 the Virtuosi was invited to perform at the Gala Concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of John Paul II papacy. In the same year the group became the permanent orchestra of the New London based Connecticut Lyric Opera. See more at: http://thevirtuosi.org