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A Message from the President and CEO


Dear Friends,


Thank you for being a part of our 2013-14 Season. It was a Season of Firsts for the WGO, earning coverage from all over the world. Our 2013-14 productions were covered in Opera News (New York), OperaPronto (Colorado), OperaNOW (England), Opera Magazine (the Netherlands), OperaClick (Italy), Der Neue Merker (Germany), the Deutsche Rossini Gesellschaft (Germany), OpernNetz (Germany), and more.


2013-2014 saw our first production of William Tell, which was the only production in the US in 2014, and the first in the U.S. in 15 years. The Christmas Gala was our first collaboration with international recording artists Celtic Woman. Our production of Don Quixote with the Russian National Ballet Theatre was a Kansas debut. WGO’s first-ever Children's Coloring Book Competition was very successful, with more than 3,500 copies sent to students from Wichita and surrounding areas.


This year's Opera Ball, "The Great Gatsby," was the first Ball to honor all of WGO's past and current Chairmen. It was truly an evening to remember. And this season's closing production at Opera on the Lake, The Barber of Seville was our first production on a new floating stage in the Lake at Bradley Fair.


This year we also established a WGO YouTube Channel, which now offers 14 full-length WGO productions for viewing at no charge. Over the last year, our videos attracted over 193,000 viewers in 190 countries worldwide, making the WGO visible far beyond the borders of Kansas. The National Endowment for the Arts also recognized us by granting funds toward our historic production of William Tell. Here is just a sample of what people have been saying:


“The forces of Wichita Grand Opera did themselves proud with this performance of [William Tell].” – George Dansker, Opera News


“Tenor Michael Spyres is the best Arnold in the world today.” – Charles Jernigan, OperaPronto


“[Tosca was] an experience none of us will soon forget.” – Kerry Kuplic, East Wichita News


“[The Barber of Seville] was… a great success, thanks to a great cast… that kept the pace moving.” – Dr. Randolph Lacy, The Wichita Eagle


I’d also like to thank our Board of Directors for their devotion to the WGO, and for everything they do to make our work successful. Special thanks go to our outgoing Chairman George Laham, our incoming Chairman Dr. Dennis Ross, and our Chairman-Elect Pat Gearhart, for their efforts this past season. And we all owe our tremendous gratitude to our Founder and Artistic Director, Margaret Ann Pent for her tireless work and leadership.


We’ll be announcing our 2014-15 Season in September. Until then, keep checking back – we’ll be posting our videos of William Tell, Tosca, and Barber of Seville on our YouTube channel for your enjoyment soon.

Cordially yours,


Parvan Bakardiev
President & CEO