Underworld Productions Opera (UPO) is committed to the idea that opera is an inspiring art form with universal themes that can be presented in ways that reflect contemporary social issues and resonate for a wider, far more diverse audience than it currently attracts. UPO has been recognized for innovation and excellence by Musical America’s “Year in Music 2009,” The New York Times, Opera News, and Early Music America. It has been covered in the blogosphere for its performances that have introduced Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte to text-messaging, twisted Baroque pearls with performance art, and premiered Clarence & Anita (Thomas/Hill), which was praised as “music that is first rate and with performances which could be put in any of our important opera houses” – Richard Garmise, Opera L. UPO brings the same high artistic standards to its home community of Washington Heights & Inwood with outdoor family shows, weekly teen workshops, and seniors sing-alongs—all offered at no cost to participants.

Share the Stage Senior Chorus, led by Gina Crusco of Underworld Productions Opera, has been selected for a SPARC residency at Washington Heights & Inwood Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Senior Center. During her SPARC residency, Crusco will meet weekly to help seniors build vocal confidence, sing in harmony, and learn a new “language” — the language of music. In culminating concerts the chorus will perform American Songbook standards, multi-cultural selections, and back-up opera chorus to the professional singers of Underworld Productions Opera.

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