Shakespeare in Love

photo | Dan Rajter

Our virtual GALA

Twenty + Twenty— Celebrate 20 years of artistic excellence and join us for 20 more!

Like kindred arts organizations from the Atlantic to the Pacific shores, Opera House Arts was planning a grand summer Gala featuring all the delights associated with our annual fundraising party. With the onslaught of Covid-19, everything changed.


And so we go VIRTUAL in 2020. On July 15 we celebrate 20 years of exuberant programming and look ahead to 20 more years of theatre, music, jazz, community events and unique performances that have made the Opera House in Stonington a fount of arts excellence and creativity. 


In 2020 we need you more than ever as we brace for a summer without live performances or a steady income stream, and most importantly, a summer without your presence.  


Join us right here on July 15 from anywhere for stellar entertainment and a chance to support your favorite OHA programs! And don't forget to bid on our silent auction today!




You're going to see some of OHA's favorite performers, including Jason Martin of The Last Ferryman, Melody Bates of Avalon, and the cast of As You Like It. But this is not archival footage! All performers—plenty more than mentioned— have created NEW, original performances for our Twenty + Twenty virtual gala.

Grab the best seat in your house and tune in for a splendid evening of entertainment!

Let's Celebrate!



  • Tune in on July 15 at 7pm, open your favorite spirit and settle down for a virtual feast of Opera House Arts programming through the years. Our one-hour live program will bring joy, tears, and a deep appreciation for the productions that OHA has brought to its beloved audiences for twenty years.

Thank you for all you have done to sustain Opera House Arts over the years. Please become a Twenty + Twenty Gala patron or sponsor, sign up to bid in the silent auction and help us write the next successful chapter in our history.

Twenty in 2020
Silent Auction

Click here to bid on our silent auction items!

For technical questions regarding the silent auction site or questions about the items, please contact the gala chairman at 240.274.5139 

*Text preferred because we are not always available to answer the phone. 

Acclaimed for his “fresh-toned and touching portrayal” by Opera News and lauded by the New Orleans Times-Picayune for his “rich lyrical tenor, fabulous top notes, and striking good looks,” John McVeigh continues to garner attention for his countless world-class performances at the most revered houses throughout the United States and worldwide. This season, McVeigh returns to The Metropolitan Opera for their productions of Turandot and Le nozze di Figaro. He will also return to DCINY for his sixth consecutive season as the Tenor Soloist in Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall.  Most recently, Mr. McVeigh performed the role of Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro with Opera Theater St. Louis, performed as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and DCINY, and as a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with DCINY.

Click here for an interview with John McVeigh about the making of our Twenty + Twenty Virtual Gala!


Thank you to our Twenty + Twenty Gala Patrons & Sponsors–


Michael Bloom

Debbie Weil & Sam Harrington


David & Nancy Bloom

Lisanne Crowley

Pamela Driesell

Grace & Bill Gregor

Lynn & Ed Kneedler

Linda Rand

Ann Satterthwaite

Jennie Summerall

Anne Wilson

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