When I started operatraveller.com, I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to create the kind of opera criticism that I wanted to read but found difficult to find in a world where the column inches dedicated to the arts are shrinking daily. I wanted to create writing about opera from the perspective of someone who has vocal training but also in a way that is accessible to readers and respectful to the artists. I also wanted to write about productions in an open-minded way – never to dismiss things outright but to give reasons why stagings work or don’t as the case may be.
The biggest two compliments I have received were one from a reader who said ‘thanks to you I have learned so much’ and another from a leading singer who said they were impressed by my knowledge of singing. Over time, the site has received increasing numbers of hits, been widely quoted and received very positive feedback from readers, artists, agents, intendants and other industry professionals. The site also has a dedicated number of subscribers who receive every article directly into their inboxes.
You can become part of the operatraveller.com community. Through your support as a patron you are directly supporting the independent, wide-ranging and informed coverage that the site provides.
If every single visitor to the site during one year gave just 1GBP, it would keep the site running for a decade.
Thanks to my patrons, I was able to see and review an even wider range of productions – Iphigénie en Tauride in Hamburg, Fidelio in Stuttgart, Don Pasquale in Kraków, Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Dresden. You made it happen and your continued support will mean even more shows can be reviewed.
There are two ways that you can help:
- The first is by joining the operatraveller.com community on Patreon.
By joining you are directly supporting independent writing on opera as well as insightful interviews with artists.
- Alternatively, if you prefer, you can help out by making a one-off donation in GBP through PayPal.
Thanks for being part of the journey. I look forward to sharing it with you.
Supporters – Thank you! Merci!
Ariane Sarah Wirz