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Frequently Asked Questions

OMG, THIS IS AMAZING! HOW DID I NOT KNOW YOU EXISTED?

We hear some version of this statement at least once a day. We are pretty fabulous, so we are not sure why you haven't heard about us...

Oh wait, I think I may have a real answer for you.

You may not have heard of us because we are a small non-profit that puts most of the money we receive into creating art. Do you have any idea how much $ it takes to get your face on the side of a bus or highway? A LOT. But we are getting there one day at a time. We have over 1500 e-mail subscribers, so you could start out "on the inside" by signing up yourself.

Do it here, right now! And go tell all your friends to do the same.

HOW CAN I GIVE YOU MONEY?

We don't hear this statement nearly enough. But since you've made your intention clear, we will gladly accept your check or credit card donation.

To do it the ol' fashioned way, you can mail a check made out to "Arbor Opera Theater" to the following address:

Arbor Opera Theater

PO Box 8055

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

You can also follow this link to our donation page where you will find links to give online.

WAIT! I DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY, BUT I LOVE OPERA...HOW ELSE CAN I CONTRIBUTE?

Well, there are plenty of ways to bask in our glory. From ushering for performances, working as a volunteer (costumes, scenery, marketing, etc.) or cleaning out your closet and donating some fabulous vintage clothes. Regardless, we will be grateful and do our best do impress you with a "song and dance" routine. Oh - right now we have a big project underway which we need help with - creating 1000s of paper flowers for our upcoming James K Berg Award Gala. E-mail arboropera@gmail.com to learn more about times we will be working on the flowers and teaching volunteers how to make these works of paper art!

I HATE OPERA, BUT YOU PEOPLE SEEM PRETTY COOL. ARE YOU PRETTY COOL?

Yes, definitely...but we don’t like to brag. And you probably hate opera because you were exposed to bad opera. It happens...and more often than it should. But Arbor Opera Theater is trying to change all that. We strive to create inspiring, engaging, entertaining opera “without the stink of art” (as Charles Ludlam stated in his manifesto. Who’s Charles Ludlam? Google him and find out – when I was a kid we had to trudge to the library through 4 feet of snow...barefoot...to find out who Charles Ludlam was. You can let your fingers do the walking, so get to it. There’s a lot of fun things out there you can learn to make yourself a more dazzling companion at a cocktail party...or to impress a fellow opera-goer during intermission. And here’s one final suggestion, ask Joan Morris about Charles Ludlam – she knew him personally. Pretty cool, pretty cool.

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