This week we spoke with Dylan Langan, the General Director of Vera Causa Opera. Over the last few months, we have gotten to know Vera Causa Opera very well as they are new tenants in our office! They received a community grant from us this year for “The Community Opera Project”, and they continue to bring affordable and professional opera to Waterloo Region.
Describe your organization in a few words.
Vera Causa Opera (VCO) is a registered charity which provides volunteer and paid professional opportunities to individuals, aimed at supporting their health and well-being. We provide affordable $15 entertainment to the community, have free admission for students and kids, and promote our community’s local businesses throughout the year.
Tell us how your organization is involved with the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation?
We are recent grant recipients from the Foundation, and we currently share an office space!
What is your favourite thing about the Cambridge and/or North Dumfries community?
There’s a great community here in Cambridge. Once folks dive in a bit and discover what’s right in their own backyards, they find themselves returning to local establishments. Whether Papou’s or Thirteen Food & Beverage, you can always get a good meal in Cambridge. People are incredibly supportive of one another, and are always encouraging others to do the same. It’s constantly growing and changing which, as a long-time resident, is cool to see.
How does your organization hope to make an impact on the future of our community?
We provide short, large-scale shows crafted specifically by young people for today’s audience. With $15 tickets which are free for students and kids, we help ensure entertainment in the community remains engaging and affordable. During a time of diminishing investment in musical education, we continue to provide opportunities for people to help create, produce, and partake in operas. We ensure that anyone, and young people in particular, have access to free and meaningful musical education.
Where can we find you online?
Thank you for making opera accessible to all people in the community and for supporting music education in youth!