About VOPA

About VOPA

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Mission Statement.

Valley Opera and Performing Arts (VOPA) is dedicated to enriching our community through the power of music and the arts.

Our mission is to inspire, entertain, and educate through world-class musical and theatrical productions, fostering a vibrant cultural scene in the heart of the valley. We are committed to providing accessible, diverse, and high-quality performances that engage, challenge, and unite our audiences, artists, and supporters, as we celebrate the transformative and timeless beauty of the human spirit expressed through music and the performing arts.

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18th season

Bringing Opera and other musical genres to Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley & Beyond!

VOPA practices and deeply values diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

VOPA presents performances of everything from fully staged opera and musical theater works with orchestra, to laid back concerts of jazz standards and even classic rock concerts with its band VOPA Rocks. Through the company’s Opera Tree Outreach, Education, and Community Service program, VOPA provides entertainment for underserved and economically or otherwise disadvantaged communities such as retirement communities, charities, homeless shelters, schools, and hospitals.

Shira Renee Thomas

General & Artistic Director

Shira Renee Thomas.

Shira has produced over 40 fully-staged productions, in addition to numerous concerts and other events, overseeing everything from auditions and casting, to audience development and marketing. VOPA has helped launch the careers of many singers who’ve gone on to perform in organizations such as English National Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and San Francisco Opera, to name a few. Ms. Thomas is working to sew the performing arts into the fabric of the San Fernando Valley community, and to allow everyone to enjoy the uniting power of music. Through collaboration with other artists, organizations, and businesses, Ms. Thomas seeks to build a more robust and thriving artistic landscape for all to enjoy.

As a singer herself, Ms. Thomas has performed as a soloist alongside such superstars as Quinn Kelsey and Christian Van Horn, as well as renowned artists such as Nicole Cabell, Rodell Rosel, and Milena Kitic. Among the numerous awards earned by Ms. Thomas, she won 1st prize in the prestigious Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Vocal Solo Competition in North Wales, which has hosted such legendary singers as Luciano Pavarotti and Bryn Terfel in past years.

Having suffered from debilitating recurrent Depression for over 25 years, Ms. Thomas has become an advocate for mental health, and is frequently invited to attend various events in order to tell her story of finally finding a treatment, Ketamine Infusion Therapy, that put her Depression into remission. She has also written articles on the subject that have been published in HuffPost and Classical Singer Magazine (CS Music), and she has been interviewed by National Geographic and local news stations about her experience with Depression and Ketamine Infusion Therapy. Ms. Thomas seeks to bring attention to the major mental health issues like Depression and Anxiety that are so prevalent in the singing community, and is working toward destigmatizing mental illnesses and educating about treatments, old and new, that are available to help treat them.

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