Bridget at Opera Steamboat 2018!

$2,695 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 36 people in 16 months
Hello everyone!

I have a truly wonderful opportunity this summer to participate in the Opera Steamboat 2018 Opera Artist Institute in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  While there I will perform the role of the Fox in Leos Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen fully staged with orchestra, sing on the institute's opera arias & scenes concert, and perform in master classes with top industry professionals.

For those who do not know me personally, I am a Chicago-based classical singer who sings opera, curates art song recitals, and teaches yoga.  Critics have noted the way I "light up the scene" onstage (Chicago Reader), and my "dynamic singing" (Schmopera) was named as a musical highlight  of Chicago Fringe Opera's world premiere production of The Great God Pan in March.  A native of Texas, I graduated from Oklahoma City University's Wanda L. Bass School of Music in 2012 and moved to Chicago to pursue a career in classical singing.  Since then, I have been a young artist with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh (Charlotte/A Little Night Music, Darlène/Night Caps International), toured Europe with Blue Lake International Symphony (soloist, Anton Bruckner's Te Deum), and co-founded the Chicago-based vocal chamber quartet Fourth Coast Ensemble.  The ability to join Opera Steamboat this summer and perform the role of the Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen will provide me invaluable performance training, broaden my net of professional contacts, and give me new momentum as an emerging professional artist.

I was offered a scholarship from Opera Steamboat, for which I am so honored.  However, the program still costs more than I would be able to afford on my own.  Below you can see the costs of the opera institute and associated costs that I still need to pay.  Your generosity and gifts will go toward:

$2,000 - program cost of the Opera Artist Institute
$500 - transportation to get to and around Colorado

Anything that you can donate helps me get one step closer to this wonderful career opportunity! 

In exchange for your support, Elliot and I have put together a list of fun rewards.  This includes postcards from Steamboat Springs, bags of our favorite local coffee, all the way up to symphony tickets or a family photo shoot.

If you have any questions about me, what I do, or what this is all about, please do not hesitate to contact me!

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*This update includes an invite to a FREE(!) Sneak Preview Recital on Sunday, June 24th at 3pm at the Fine Arts Building. But first, some exciting news:

Opera Steamboat starts five weeks from tomorrow and the campaign just reached 65%! That's $1,600, folks. WOW! Thanks you to the following folks who helped get us here over the past month:

Vivian Garfein
Ken & Darrelyn Marx
Harbor Point Yoga in May

To kick off the final month of the campaign I'm excited to invite you all to a free recital I'm giving with Laura Perkett, soprano and Aleksander Kirillov, piano in the Fine Arts Building in Chicago. We'll be performing the gorgeous Act II, Scene 6 Fox/Vixen duet from "The Cunning Little Vixen," in addition to art songs and arias by Mozart, Bernstein, and Flotow. Here's the info you'll need:

Sunday, June 23rd 3-4:30pm
Fine Arts Building studio of Maria Lagios (#308)
RSVP to me for more info at: http://bridgetskaggs.com/contact

Thank you everyone for your support!
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We're two months away from Opera Steamboat and the campaign has officially tipped the $1k mark!

EXCITING: throughout the month of May 100% of the proceeds from my Monday morning yoga class at Harbor Point Condominiums will go towards this campaign. The first two yoga classes of May have already brought in a combined $200, all in small $10-$15 donations from individuals.

Looking ahead to the month of June, I'm working on plans for a benefit recital to kick off the final month of the campaign... More details as they develop!

I'm grateful to you all for your guidance and support as I continue my journey on this winding and beautiful career path.
Photo: Elliot Mandel
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Thanks to a flurry of seven(!) donors over the last 10 days, the campaign is 1/3rd to goal! Here are the lovely folks who got us here:

Jennifer Marling
Frank Villella
Bob & Judy Freilich
Doyle Armbrust
Sarah van der Ploeg
Jonathan Zeng

I am so honored every time the notifications come through for new donations. Every little bit counts, and I can't thank you all enough for your support!

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Less than a month into the campaign and we're already at 20%! Thanks to Aaron Gottl and an Anonymous donor for helping get me one step closer to Steamboat Springs this summer. Crazy to think...but the Opera Artist Institute is only three months away!
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