Introducing Opera on Tap Maine Co-Managing Diva Shaunna Lucas
“One of the best things about returning to opera after my long break was watching my husband, a die hard metal fan with zero operatic exposure, develop an admiration for it. Now he can be found listening to Verdi in his diesel Dodge Ram truck on his way to work.”

Shaunna Lucas, soprano: Shaunna’s most recent engagement was with City Theater as Signora Nacarelli in their production of The Light in the Piazza. Prior to that she performed the role of Donna Elvira in Greater Worcester Opera’s production of Don Giovanni. Other notable performances include Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus and Antonia in The Tales of Hoffman with Northwestern University’s Vocal Career Seminar. Shaunna was classically trained at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. After a thirteen year hiatus, she returned to the stage in 2016. Shaunna lives in Portland, Maine and is a regular performer with the Portland Rossini Club. She was a featured recitalist in her hometown at the Academy of Holy Names in Albany, New York. She currently studies voice with Dana Lynne Varga in Boston. Shaunna worked in the assisted living industry and more recently in the beauty industry as a Clinique Account Coordinator. Now, a first time mom, Shaunna is enjoying time at home with her beautiful two month old daughter.

Introducing Opera on Tap Maine Co-Managing Diva Mary Johnston Letellier
Mary Johnston Letellier has recently performed in Opera Maine’s The Magic Flute, Snowlion Repertory’s Mesmerized, and Biddeford City Theater’s The Light in the Piazza. Other favorite roles include Violetta in La Traviata, Magda in La Rondine, Mrs. Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Norina in Don Pasquale. Upcoming performances include  Snowlion Repertory’s The Secret Princess and Opera Maine’s Der Fliegende Holländer. She majored in Opera Performance with her undergraduate and graduate degrees both from The Boston Conservatory. As a teacher, Mary works at the University of Southern Maine as Professor of Voice and Diction, the Portland Conservatory of Music as Voice Faculty and Opera Workshop Director, 317 Community Music Center as Teaching Artist, York County’s RFA Program as the Vocal Program Director, Atlantic Dance Arts as Music Theater Fundamentals Instructor, serves as Vice President of NATS Maine Chapter, and runs her own MJL Voice Studio. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, ballet, and cuddling with her three cats, two dogs, two rabbits and two chickens. 
Thanksgiving greetings and what is to come…

We are thankful and thrilled to be starting THE FIRST chapter in the state of Indiana!! Fort Wayne is the second largest city in the state of Indiana, and it gives the feel of a small town while maintaining a population of over 260,000. Known for its interconnected three rivers, and as the home base for the largest online music retailer Sweetwater Sound, Fort Wayne has much to offer in Northeast Indiana. We look forward to be launching our program in early 2020!! Stay tuned for more details…

Welcome to Opera on Tap Maine!

We are soooo excited to be here! The combination of the thriving food and arts culture and the talented pool of local singers makes Maine the perfect addition to the Opera on Tap roster. We want to bring our art form to anyone that will have us! Opera does not have to be one size fits all, and we want to remove common misconceptions and show you what we’ve got in relaxed and comfortable settings (i.e. restaurants, bars, galleries, coffee shops). We want to have fun with you and create opportunities for local artists. As we are getting started, we would love to here from anyone who interested in co-creating with us. Any venue can become our stage for the night! Email maine@operaontap.org for more information.

Introducing Opera on Tap Co-Managing Diva Shaunna Lucas

“One of the best things about returning to opera after taking many years off was watching my husband, a die hard metal fan with zero operatic exposure, develop an admiration for it. He can now be found listening to Verdi in his Dodge Ram on his way to work.”

Shaunna Lucas, soprano: Shaunna’s most recent engagement was with City Theater as Signora Nacarelli in their production of The Light in the Piazza. Prior to that she performed the role of Donna Elvira in Greater Worcester Opera’s production of Don Giovanni. Other notable performances include Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus and Antonia in The Tales of Hoffman with Northwestern University’s Vocal Career Seminar. Shaunna was classically trained at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. After a thirteen year hiatus, she returned to the stage in 2016. Shaunna lives in Portland, Maine and is a regular performer with the Portland Rossini Club. She currently studies with Dana Lynne Varga in Boston. Shaunna is now the proud mother of a 3 month old daughter and is currently enjoying time at home with her. She is excited to develop the Maine chapter of Opera on Tap.

Welcome to Opera on Tap Fort Wayne!

Opera on Tap Fort Wayne is the first OOT chapter in Indiana! It launched thanks to the heroic managing divas and divo, Elaina Robbins, Alana Scaglioni, and Ian Williams!

Fort Wayne, the second largest city in Indiana, is a home for many artistic organizations including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and music retailer Sweetwater Sound. We are thrilled to be part of this fantastic arts scene in the Summit City.

Contact us at fortwayne@operaontap.org to learn more!

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What’s coming up next??

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Thanks for the shoutout Lisa Marie Gerstenkorn!! The next video for #OOToberfest is of Lisa, a contralto, before she performs the theme from the film "The Godfather!"

Remember that we will be at Hop River Brewing Company this Thursday at 6 PM!! You can support us by clicking the button below and/or sharing this to everyone you know! Your support means the world to us!!

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Today we have a testimony from soprano Natalie Lassinger Young as the next video of our #OOToberfest series!! She explains why she thinks #OOTFW is important before performing the beautiful composition, "The Hare Drummer" by Rachel DeVore Fogarty!

We are only one week away until Fort Wayne OOToberfest! with Hop River Brewing Company!! Stay tuned for updates as we keep track of the weather next Thursday! We are committed to protecting everyone by trying to keep the performance outdoors! Please consider supporting us through attending, donating, and/or sharing our fundraiser!!

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Today, co-managing divo Ian Williams will be talking about our equipment needs as part of our #OOToberfest video series!! We don't need a ton of equipment, but it does cost quite a bit of money to purchase! Following this Ian reprises his modern take on the satirical aria, "The Senators Stump Speech" by Steven Mark Kohn!!

You can click the button below to donate to our annual fundraiser, even if it's just $5!! Also a reminder about our Fort Wayne OOToberfest! with Hop River Brewing Company on October 28th!! We look forward to seeing you soon!!

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Next up on our #OOToberfest video series is co-managing diva Ashlee Bickley McCrory!! Today, she will be discussing our vision of putting on actual operas!! While we love singing our favorite songs, we also want to be able to put on a semi-staged production in 2022! Of course we cannot do that without your support!!

Following this is performance of the famous "Flower Duet" featuring Ashlee and Natalie Lassinger Young, soprano, from our "Vacay the Opera Way" show this past July!! Please consider donating and/or sharing our fundraiser by clicking the link below!!

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CANCELED: OOT DC Metro presents Singers’ Choice!

We are very sorry to say that in order to exercise caution, we are canceling our show that had been scheduled for next Friday, March 20th at The Wonderland Ballroom. We want to do our part to ensure that our audience, performers, and the staff at Wonderland stay healthy.

We are still planning to hold our April show (April 17th!) for now, though we will certainly evaluate that as needed. In the meantime, please enjoy some of your favorite recordings at home, and we send healthy wishes to you all!

Help keep Opera on Tap DC going!

We are incredibly grateful to be able to bring opera to the people (like you!) in a casual, funny, and intimate setting. And you can ensure that it keeps going – you can donate to the OOT DC Metro chapter HERE. Thank you for your continued support!

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