Kyrenia Opera’s mission is to forge an artistic connection between New York and Cyprus through diverse vocal productions and educational outreach to children and adults. With its home base in New York, Kyrenia Opera is dedicated to bringing the wealth of great vocal music serving as a bridge to audiences in both countries.
Kyrenia Opera’s unique programming encompasses a wide range of classical and folk genres, including staged operas, concert works, and Greek popular and classical art song.
Since its inauguration in 2012, Kyrenia Opera has provided outreach programming for more than 3,000 adults and children in the New York metropolitan area, Washington D.C. and Cyprus. Through performances, educational seminars, and master classes, Kyrenia Opera provides access to live music for under-served communities and the immediate community in New York City. In Cyprus the company has partnered with The Pancyprian Music High School, Pyrgos Tylliria Elementary and High School, Limassol Music High School “Marios Tokas”, and the Larnaca Music High School. In Washington D.C with The Library of Congress; Capitol Hill Cluster School; Watkins Elementary School;, Patterson Elementary School; Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center; Sidwell Friends; Savoy Elementary School; Holy Trinity School and the Kelly Miller Middle School. In New York with the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts; The Cathedral School; P.S. 122; I.S. 141 and The Diller-Quaile School of Music.
Kyrenia Opera’s commitment to educational outreach has brought performances to the Kids Euro Festival in Washington, D.C. with “The Voice of Opera” for students at public and independent schools. At each presentation several students were transformed into opera singers in full costume. Additionally, Kyrenia Opera was invited to perform at Kennedy Center as part of the European Month of Culture.
Kyrenia Opera’s annual Vocal Competition, established in 2014, supports young vocalists from the US, EU and Cyprus through scholarships and live performance.
2020-2021: Jose Simerilla Romero, Tenor (First prize-Young Artist Division); Lindsey Reynolds, soprano (First prize-Student Division); Constantina Nicolaou, soprano (Cyprus Award). Honorary mentions: Danielle Beckvermit, Elli Koutsouli, Alexandra Razskazoff (sopranos); Eric Ferring, Andrew Morstein, (tenors); Armando Contreras, Blake Denson (baritones)
2020: Career grants were awarded to: Alexander Boyd, baritone, Christiana Charalambous, soprano, David Holkeboer, pianist, Thomas Leighton, tenor, Jesse Malgieri, baritone, Stavros Mantis, baritone, Zoe Nicolaidou, soprano.
2018-2019: Elena Patsalidou, soprano (First prize); Rafaela Charalambous, mezzo soprano (Second prize); Lucy Elston, soprano (Honorary mention)
2017-2018: Theodora Raftis, soprano (First prize) and Christiana Charalambous, soprano (Encouragement award)
2016-2017: Eleni Aloneftou, mezzo soprano
2015-2016: Christiana Aloneftis, soprano
2014-2015: Zoe Nicolaidou, soprano (First prize); Mariza Anastasiadou, soprano (Encouragement award)
Kyrenia Opera is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that relies on voluntary contributions in order to fulfill its mission.