I'm a 19 year old vocal performance major at Samford University who hasn't had much experience with professional shows or performances in general and today I was offered the chance to sing a role as Gherardo in the Opera Gianni Schicchi in a summer program in Italy. The name of the program is the "International Opera Performing Experience" or IOPE for short.
A professor I just finished working with at UCF told me that someone had dropped out and there was a spot open. I've never heard such amazing news in my life. I was so thankful to be considered for the part, but I was emotionally conflicted, because my heart says YES YES YES! but my financial siutation screams NO NO NO. This would mean the world to me if I could take up the chance to do this program this summer.
I would use this money to pay for the tuition of the program, my flight to and from Italy, and for housing while I am there in the country. The program is from July 7 - August 6th. I would be so grateful to everyone that donated and I would love to have another push forward towards my dream of singing professionally.
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