INTERNATIONAL BRAZILIAN OPERA COMPANY

Brazilian in Spirit, International in Collaboration

aka IBOC   |   New York, NY   |  www.brazilianopera.com

Mission

Our mission is to support the creation and development of new operatic repertoire that combines ideas from both Brazilian and international artists while providing an educational structure for new talent to emerge.

Ruling year info

2014

Artistic Director

Joao MacDowell

Executive Director

Athena Mildred Maria Azevedo

Main address

203 W 111th St # 4a

New York, NY 10026 USA

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EIN

47-1743724

NTEE code info

Opera (A6A)

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

Management & Technical Assistance (O02)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Latin Americans are underrepresented in the world of classical music funding. The aesthetic contribution of Latin composers is disproportionally large, however, the selection process of classical music organizations is funded on a bias that favors a European academic aesthetics from the first half of the 20th Century. The Latin American school of composition has developed strongly in spite of the lack of international performance opportunities. In the operatic genre, there is a hiatus of creative output that has left professional companies repeating and recycling a repertoire that is to the greatest extent at least one hundred years old. The need for renovation in opera has been broadly documented, as companies struggle to find new audiences and relevant music to perform. The Latin experiment with dramatic forms and innovative musical structures that are also exciting and emotional offers a wave of fresh air into the international world of classical music and especially opera.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The New Music Program for Composers

The New Music Program for Composers is the centerpiece of our long-term strategy for a culturally relevant legacy.

Population(s) Served

New Voices of the World for Singers

– Includes individual and group classes and opportunities for new international talent to develop by working side by side with professionals in new dance, theater, and opera performances in New York City.

– Participation required in the International Brazilian Chorus Ensemble.

Population(s) Served

New Perspectives in Acting

– Includes group classes and opportunities for new international talent to develop by working side by side with professionals in new dance, theater, and opera performances in New York City.

– Participation required in the International Brazilian Theater Ensemble.

Population(s) Served

– International Brazilian Dance Ensemble. Includes group classes and opportunities for new international talent to develop by working side by side with professionals in new dance, theater, and opera performances in New York City.

– Participation required in the International Brazilian Dance Ensemble.

Population(s) Served

– Includes community orchestra, individual and group classes and opportunity for new international talent to perform side by side with professionals musicians in concert recitals as well as new dance, theater, and opera performances in New York City.

-Orchestral and ensemble practice.

– Participation required in the International Brazilian Orchestra.

Population(s) Served

– Includes group classes and opportunities for new international talent to develop by working side by side with professionals in new dance, theater, and opera performances in New York City.

– Integration of new and traditional techniques for Scenery, Light, Projection and Costume Design, as well as a research group in New Technologies including VR Production.

Population(s) Served

– This program is based on the assumption that director, critics, playwrights and librettists all need to share similar insights into the philosophical and practical aspects of performance art.

– Includes individual and group classes, seminars, practical orientation on project development, and opportunities for new international talent to develop by working side by side with professionals in new dance, theater, and opera performances in New York City.

– Regular writing assignments expected to be shared online.

– Creative collaboration with other IBOC artists strongly encouraged.

– Artists in this program are encouraged to volunteer in different staff positions during regular productions.

Population(s) Served

– Includes individual and group classes, seminars, practical orientation on project development, and opportunities for new international talent to develop by working side by side with professionals in new dance, theater, and opera performances in New York City.

– Hands-on training in optimized production strategies. Includes checklists, scheduling, promotion, budgeting, grant reviews, and all the one million and sixty-nine aspects that may need to be considered for the production a successful event or cultural product.

– Creative collaboration with other IBOC artists strongly encouraged.

– Artists in this program are encouraged to volunteer in different staff positions during regular productions.

Population(s) Served

– Video and Audio Recording of performances, editing of raw material, preparation of short samples for promotion and extensive documentation of the creative process. Includes techniques for backstage “making of” documentation, interviews and on-site performance recordings.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of audience members with favorable attitudes towards the issue or interest

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The New Music Program for Composers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

After-performance surveys. These are distributed during raffles, so there is a strategy to encourage participation and thoughtful feedback. Results are compiled and form a permanent database.

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The New Music Program for Composers

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of favorable critic reviews/awards of art produced given by media or peers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The New Music Program for Composers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Statistical results from audience surveys at concerts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The New Music Program for Composers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Statistical results from surveys display a result from 1 to 10 of combined numeric evaluation of aspects of production and creative output.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is to support the creation and development of new operatic repertoire that combines ideas from both Brazilian and international artists while providing an educational structure for new talent to emerge.

The three pillars of our mission:
- Creation of new repertoire
- International collaboration
- Educational structure

Our by-laws determine that Simple Consensus should be used in the decision-making process through the different units. Consensus favors transparency and fosters group enthusiasm. It is a practical formula for success in the arts in a long-term strategy.

We understand opera as a community building effort. As we create an environment for composers to develop new works, we are bringing together professionals and amateurs to collaborate on full productions. We are educating new performers and providing opportunities for experimentation to seasoned ones. Our Brazilian Chorus and Orchestras have the dual educational goal of Musical practice and Brazilian culture knowledge.

IBOC services the Brazilian community by providing a positive image of the culture in a highly accomplished and professional environment. IBOC services the international audience by providing content that is fresh and relevant in a production environment of innovative sustainable solutions to the genre.

We believe that Opera is the multimedia event of the future. The genre unites all art forms, providing an experience that has no parallel.

We believe that this is a great moment for the creation of innovative repertoire that is relevant to third-millennium audiences. We aim to channel the aesthetic contributions of a broad historical and cultural background into a new way of perceiving the genre.

Four stage development plan for new productions:
1. Curate creative collaborations and creative feedback in the writing and development process of new repertoire.
2. Concert Performances of new works for revision and audio recordings.
3 . Staging production, including DVD recording.
4. Touring production

How:
• We are creating an international network of artists and producers, connecting professionals and companies, aiming to establish a touring platform that will be usable to all creators while connecting new audiences.
• We are experimenting with broad contemporary theater structures, seeking the rituals that once originated drama.
•  Our focus is on original operas starting with small casts and intimate performances and gradually developing to larger projects.
• We are creating portable operas that can travel anywhere and inspire all audiences at affordable prices.
• We are moving towards the future of stage directing.
• We are committed to creating a global opera theater that interconnects different nations. By establishing a working relationship with the Brazilian branch of the company we plan to develop a collaboration between artists based in NY and Brazil and also travel in both directions with full productions.
• We are committed to creating more with less.
• We want to challenge the limits of the theatrical experience, creating immersive experiences and bringing artists closer to their audiences.
• We are bringing concepts from a wide range of realms to the opera genre. This includes film sound design, pop culture, Virtual Reality technologies and new philosophies of performance.

IBOC originated from a group that has been working together since 2008 when we premiered "Tamanduá (The Anteater), an opera by João MacDowell that brought the aesthetic contributions of Tropicalism into the genre. As far as we know, this was the first time an opera in the Portuguese language was produced in the USA.

In 2014 we established the corporation and received our 501c3 certification. In that year we produced a series of concerts featuring four new operas by three different composers.

Since then we have been presenting a robust series of concerts and small staged performances. We have commissioned 5 new complete operas, as well as smaller compositions for vocal and instrumental ensembles. We maintain a Composer's program that currently serves six composers of three nationalities, including one Mexican, one Italian and three Brazilian women. We also maintain the International Brazilian Chorus through our partnerships with The Brazilian Endowment for the Arts and Our lady of Pompeii Shrine Church.

We have established an office in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, working closely with the Ministry of Culture and international embassies to create opportunities for cultural exchanges. We are working with partnerships and have representatives also in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Rome, and Stockholm.

In a world that seems bound on building walls, we are creating bridges.

In our first four years of existence, IBOC has produced 37 concerts and brought to life five new complete operas. Our work has had a major impact on the lives of a number of international artists. Many of these are extremely talented singers and performers, who have come to New York searching for a dream and are faced with the reality of an unfair market that offers little support or development structure for new immigrant artists.

Each time we audition we hear over one hundred singers, most of these are able to perform at a very high standard. There is a demand for new repertoire that connects to the audiences on an emotional level, we are meeting this demand head on. We are training new composers to produce relevant new works integrating multicultural expression and a variety of artistic voices.

Currently, we are working on “The Seventh Seal" an opera that is being produced on a multinational scale. The concert previews of Act 1 happened in New York; the full concert will happen in Sweden with Brazilian and Swedes working together, the fully staged premier will happen in Brazil. This work will be sung in Swedish, adapted from the original Ingmar Bergman text. It speaks to the diversity and cultural relevance of the production that a Latin American composer received the rights to adapt this fundamental script of the most respected Swedish artist.

We believe that the structure we are creating will serve a greater number of artists at all levels of production. As we develop new projects our performance technology arm becomes stronger, as it faces new challenges and comes up with creative solutions to integrate virtual reality and interactive media into new forms of performance.

Financials

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INTERNATIONAL BRAZILIAN OPERA COMPANY

Board of directors
as of 9/17/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jonathan Arak

International Brazilian Opera Company - IBOC

Term: 2018 -


Board co-chair

Christina Morgan

Jonathan Arak

International Brazilian Opera Company - IBOC

Athena Azevedo

International Brazilian Opera Company - IBOC

João MacDowell

International Brazilian Opera Company - IBOC

Christina Morgan

International Brazilian Opera Company - IBOC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes