Women-Owned Nonprofit Opera Company Partners with Quaker Hill

Fr. Klein of the Cathedral of St. Peter, WCO’s Marisa Robinson, Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki, WCO’s Kirsten C. Kunkle, and Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation’s Ashley Cloud at a performance of Der Freischutz.

Wilmington Concert Opera

Opera is often considered a high-brow, expensive luxury. Kirsten C. Kunkle and Marisa Robinson say otherwise. Their nonprofit, Wilmington Concert Opera, provides high-quality concert performances at no cost (though donations are appreciated!) to make opera accessible to the community. These performances also create opportunities for emerging opera singers in the greater Wilmington area.

Wilmington Concert Opera’s beginnings were a little less ambitious. Robinson says that she and her partner “decided to put together a performance of Puccini’s Suor Angelica to fill a gap in our performance schedules for that fall.”

That performance, though originally intended as filler, was such a hit with audience members and cast that many were asking, “What next?”

Partnering with Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation

That question was answered when Quaker Hill executive director, Ashley Cloud, suggested the historical Cathedral of St. Peter. Kunkle and Robinson appreciated the beauty of the Quaker Hill area and were particularly drawn to the area’s historical significance.

Quaker Hill is named after the Quaker community that lived in the area in the 18th century. The residents included Constitution signer John Dickinson, and abolitionist Thomas Garrett, who worked with Harriett Tubman to help escaped slaves on their journey to freedom.

Upcoming Events

This partnership has been so successful that Wilmington Concert Opera is planning its 6th event, a fall production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. There will be 2 showings:

Friday, November 16th Showing

  • Date: November 16th, 2018
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Location: Trinity Episcopal Church in Swarthmore

Sunday, November 18th Showing

  • Date: November 18th, 2018
  • Time: 2:00pm
  • Location: Cathedral of St. Peter

Meanwhile Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary gala. Wilmington Concert Opera will be there as well, providing the entertainment. Event details:

QHPPF 25th Anniversary Gala & Lecture

  • Date: November 8th
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Location: University and Whist Club

Summarized from the article, “Women-led Businesses Working Together to Revitalize Quaker Hill” on Town Square Delaware.

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