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A Benefit for Opera San Miguel Scholarship Fund in Partnership with Amistad Canada

By Shari Alexander

After an extensive vetting process, Opera San Miguel (OSM) is proud to announce its acceptance into partnership with Amistad Canada, a registered Canadian charity dedicated to improving the lives of people in Mexico through better health, education, and social justice. OSM joins a select group of five other local partners, all NGOs with proven track records for charitable activities on behalf of Mexicans: CASA, La Biblioteca de San Miguel de Allende, Jóvenes Adelante, Rural Education Institute, and the Children’s Art Foundation. This new partnership coincides with OSM’s cultural exchange concert with Montreal’s Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, the company’s third annual Mexico–Canada Co-OPERA-tive Concert, set for Saturday, January 28, at 2pm.

Third Annual Mexico–Canada Co-OPERA-tive Concert
By Canada Co-OPERA-tive
Sat, Jan 28, 2pm
Miguel Malo Auditorium, Bellas Artes, Hernández Macias 75
Advance Tickets exclusively at La Conexión, Aldama 3
400 pesos

“One of Amistad Canada’s corporate purposes is to advance education by providing publicly available scholarships, bursaries, and other forms of financial assistance to students in Mexico,” a statement by Amistad Canada states. “Through Opera de San Miguel, Amistad Canada is carrying out an arts education project that will provide scholarship, bursary, and career grant support to Mexican opera students. The students and Mexican audiences will benefit from this exciting artistic development project.” The statement goes on to praise OSM as “a recognized arts organization providing artistic development opportunities to aspiring opera students in Mexico.”

Through public concerts, networking with opera organizations in the US, Mexico, Canada, and Europe and through its flagship national contest, Concurso San Miguel, OSM has established a reputation as one of the most prestigious and successful organizations of its kind in Mexico. By concentrating its efforts on discovering and nurturing the careers of promising young Mexican opera singers, OSM can proudly point to the many successes of its participants around the world. Scholarship winners are currently or recently enrolled in the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia; Centre de Perfeccionamiento Plácido Domingo in Valencia, Spain; the Manhattan School of Music; the Mannes School of Music (NY); the Opera Studio of Bellas Artes (Mexico City); and the Opera Studio of the Los Angeles Opera. In addition, OSM singers have been engaged for principal role debuts at Opera de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Netherland’s Reisopera, Teatro Liceu (Barcelona), the Salzburg Festival (Austria), Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (Valencia), the Helikon Opera (Moscow), the Los Angeles Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera (NY).

“We are tremendously proud to have been considered and accepted for inclusion under the Amistad Canada umbrella of Mexican charities,” says OSM Artistic Director John Bills. “Amistad’s careful selection process speaks to the seriousness and dedication of this organization in its quest to improve the lives of Mexicans in need of assistance. And, as a practical matter, we are very pleased that our Canadian donors will now receive benefits under Canada’s Income Tax Act, just as our American donors have long qualified to receive IRS benefits in the US.”

Opera San Miguel is sustained exclusively by contributions from individual donors and local businesses. It is not affiliated with Pro Musica Opera, the Opera Chorus of San Miguel, or the San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto. Canadians may now donate to OSM on the Amistad website, For further information, e-mail


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