Sylvia Anderson, Founder - Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute
 
 
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A BIT OF BASOTI HISTORY
 
Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute fundraiser in San FranciscoBASOTI opened in 1992 serving students of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The following year we opened it up to the rest of the U.S. and abroad, catering to students from Boston, San Francisco, and Germany.  The following years we expanded our auditions to New York City, Baltimore, Chicago, New Orleans, Frankfurt, Germany and Paris, France, and increased our faculty and staff.   We have toured from Marin County, to the University of San Francisco, to Oakland's Holy Names College,  and back to San Francisco where we found our home at the new San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. We performed over 40 operas and countless opera scenes and arias.  BASOTI has proven itself over two decades.  We understand that the next generation will either preserve the finest from the opera profession or carve a new vision for it into the future. 



2013 BASOTI 
Institute celebrated  

Letter from the Artistic and General Director, Sylvia Anderson

21   WONDERFUL PERFORMANCES, STIMULATING CLASSES, AND BEAUTIFUL SINGING AND ACTING AT THE 2013 INSTITUTE.  OUR THANKS ARE BOUNDLESS, OUR HEARTS ARE FULL.  THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS MADE THE 2013  SEASON SO SUCCESSFUL




With every group of young people who comes to study at BASOTI, our hopes for a better world are renewed.  There is more teamwork, more unity, more enthusiasm and exciting career planning than at any time before.  

There is much to be done in our world to expand our cultural participation and understanding.  One of the  ways to help, we believe,  is to empower our young people to keep their hopes and dreams alive 
through the arts

Creating a high level of musical, artistic, philosophical and spiritual growth within our communities
will help to establish firm commitments to preserve the arts, and the education to support it.
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This is a website looks back into some of the history that helped create our educational institute for these young aspiring singers. 
In 1992 we were the cutting edge of the summer training programs.  There were only a few around.  
Since then many have sprung up, most of them using BASOTI’s model for training singers for acting and singing simultaneously. 

BASOTI has produced over 40 full operas, over 1,000 opera scenes, and given over 500 classes in foreign language diction, Alexander Technique, aria preparation, musicianship, audition skills and career coaching, and sent over 1400 students out into the “business of singing.” 
  
We have learned from the students, as they from us, and all of us are committed to keeping  opera alive and well.  We are grateful for 21 years of BASOTI, and we celebrate its legacy.



WE HAVE LED THE WAY AND
WE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH JOY IT HAS BEEN FOR US TO MEET AND WORK WITH ALL THE SINGERS,
FACULTY AND STAFF OVER THE YEARS.
OUR LIVES HAVE BEEN GREATLY ENRICHED.  WE HAVE LEARNED ENORMOUSLY.
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OUR HOPE IS THAT ALL YOU FINE SINGERS, TEACHERS AND PERFORMERS OUT THERE WILL REMEMBER YOUR GOOD EXPERIENCES AT BASOTI, AND BE HAPPY.

Sincerely, your devoted fans,

Sylvia Anderson 
and 
Matthias Kuntzsch
 
 

 

 

IF YOU WISH, YOU CAN RESPOND OR ASK US QUESTIONS HERE AT THIS WEBSITE USING THE BOX ON THE "GUEST BOOK" PAGE OR YOU CAN WRITE US AT  sfbasoti@gmail.com

The BASOTI Book of Memories that we have created can be ordered on 
the "Guest Book" page.

 
 





HERE ARE PHOTOS FROM OUR 2013 FULL  PRODUCTIONS

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by Benjamin Britten

100th Birthday Celebration
Director, Hector Correa, Conductor, Codrut Birsan,
Pianist, Kevin Korth,
Costumes, Sylvia Gregory
 
 
 
 













































ADMETO, BY HANDEL 
U.S. PREMIER 2013
Director, "Chip Grant," Conductor, Sam Emanuel, Rehearsal Pianist, Dan Cromeenes, Costumes, Sylvia Gregory
with Chamber Orchestra











 







































































































Britten's TURN OF THE SCREW, in honor of his 100th Birthday

Director, Rod Gomez, Conductor, Lloyd Arriola, Pianist, Ben Malkovitch,
Costumes, Sylvia Gregory





































































































































VERDI'S "FALSTAFF" in honor of his 200th Birthday
Director, Michael Mohammed, Rehearsal Pianists, Lloyd Arriola, Sam Emanuel, Conductor Matthias Kuntzsch,
Costumes, Sylvia Gregory
with full orchestra



































































































































OPERA SCENES FROM

FIDELIO, DAS RHEINGOLD, L'AMICO FRITZ, PAGLIACCI, DER FREISCHUTZ, BEATRICE ET BENEDICT, HANSEL AND GRETEL, LA CALISTO, L'EGISTO, ORLANDO, SILLA, LAKME, ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, I CAPULETTI ED I MONTECCCHI,
IDOMENEO, THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE, TARTUFFE AND FALSTAFF

 
 
 
 
 
 
AND OPERA SCENES  FROM
 
 DIE ZAUBERFLOETE, COSI FAN TUTTE, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, DON GIOVANNI, DON PASQUALE,  IL BARBIERE DI SEVIGLIA, MACBETH, DER ROSENKAVAIER, ARABELLA, GIULIO CESARE, ACIS AND GALATEA, MANON, WERTHER, CARMEN, OTELLO, RAPE OF LUCRETIA, DON PERLIMPLIN and many others
 


 

The Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs or other school-administered programs.