Founded in 2012, The Connecticut Summer Opera Foundation (CSOF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization whose mission is to offer the world's most beautiful music to our communities, to support the careers of college and conservatory operatic vocalists, and to bring the operatic art form to young audiences which are the next generation of concert goers.
CSOF's inaugural event was a Farm-to-Table dinner and recital with Opera Brooklyn in September 2012 on the lovely grounds of Country Loft in Woodbury, CT. In August, 2013, CSOF collaborated with Connecticut Lyric Opera in bringing Metropolitan opera Tenor Carl Tanner and full orchestra to the Westover School in Middlebury, CT, for an evening of operatic favorites. In December 2013, we were serenaded by a talented group of young vocalists and dancers at a Holiday show performed by the girls chorus, Sing-Out-CT !, and a local trio of angelic voices.
In 2014, CSOF collaborated with Connecticut Lyric Opera (CLO) in their performance of Mozart's engaging The Magic Flute, at the Westover School in Middlebury.
In 2015, CLO captivated us again, this time with Mozart's sublime Cosi fan Tutte, at Town Hall in Woodbury.
Our 2016 opera production, Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, with the Connecticut Virtuosi Institute and Festival Orchestra, was spectacular!
In 2017, CSOF produced a sold-out fundraiser at Woodbury Town Hall, with sopranos Roza Bulat and Olga Shyp, tenor Robert Cinnante and pianist Pavel Gintov.
In 2018, CSOF supported the soprano and alto soloists in the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra-Hartford Chorale performances of Handel's oratorio, Messiah.
In 2019 CSOF was a lead sponsor of the Waterbury Chorale in its two performances of Mozart's Requiem. See our News/Concerts page for details on venues and times.
CSOF will present an operatic Master Class on Sunday October 20th 2019 in Woodbury.
In 2020, CSOF was a lead Vocal sponsor of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra/Hartford Chorale performance of the Mozart Requiem.
In 2022, CSOF will present an operatic Master Class (Sunday May 1st) and is a lead sponsor of the Sunday May 15th Operatic Highlights concert by the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra with soloists by Yale Opera, at Naugatuck Valley Community College.
Vincent P. de Luise, M.D. President
Chris Pearce Vice-President
Karen Reddington-Hughes Secretary
Ray Rossi, C.P.A. Treasurer
Stephen Griffin, Esq. Counsel
Jane Sendzimir (Honorary Chair), Sharon Botelle-Sherman, Becky Butler, Francis Donnarumma Esq, Will Duchon, Bill Geddes, Rebecca Nesmith, Chris Pearce, Bonnie Stephens, Lynn Tranguch, Steve Tranguch, Marianna Vagnini-Dadamo, Carole Winer