What is Family Opera Initiative ?
Family Opera Initiative (FOI) is a program created by Ardea Arts to bring to a widely diverse audience the opera experience in the form of new, original American "opera-musicals" that are accessible but challenging, made by exciting, unexpected artists, who speak to this audience through the artistic media of opera: music, words, theater, and visuals, with subject matter that matters.
Family Opera Initiative established by producer, stage director, choreographer and dramaturge Grethe Barrett Holby at American Opera Projects in 1995, as a means to reach out and develop new audiences for opera. FOI's repertory consists of CAT (2010), Flurry Tale (1999), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2001), Fireworks! (2002) and Animal Tales (2005).