Central City Opera Receives Major Gift from NEA for 2022 Summer Festival

By David Salazar
(Image by Amanda Tipton Photography)

Central City Opera has received a major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In sum, the organization will receive $15,000 in support of its 2022 summer festival, which will feature a regional premiere headlined by the company’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. The Summer Festival will also include performances of “The Light in the Piazza,” “Die Fledermaus,” and “Two Remain.”

“Public funding is essential for a small opera company like Central City Opera and we thank the NEA for including us in this round of grants,” said Central City Opera’s General/Artistic Director Pelham “Pat” Pearce in an official statement. “This funding will allow our organization to bring a relatively new opera to a wider audience and provide young singers with the opportunity to perform a highly important and emotional piece.”

Central City Opera was one of 1,248 NEA award recipients across America; in sum, the National Endowment for the Arts provided $28,840,000 in the Grants for Arts Projects category for the first round of the fiscal year 2022 funding.