About us

The mission of Free Range Opera is to restore, revive, and preserve our historic musical heritage, which includes operetta, musical hall, musical theater, and vaudeville...for a cause!

We were granted our 501(c)(3) in 2012, and are listed on Goldstar.  Our EIN is 45-2130830.  We are looking for other music nerds to help Free Range Opera grow!

Currently, we are following our short and intermediate term plans listed on our Future Plans page.
 
Free Range Opera was founded by a couple of music nerds (Marc Kenig & Neil Midkiff) who are devoted to historic and "lost" music, along with a trusty side-kick (Cara Arellano).

We hope you'll join us in our journey from "hatched" to "hen". Please contact us if you would like to get involved. Check the Get Involved page!

 

Our board of directors:

Marc Kenig marc@freerangeopera.com
Founder Marc Kenig was producer of the Discovery Series at Lyric Theatre in San Jose and produced, revived and directed lost operettas including The Arcadians, The Quaker Girl, Our Miss Gibbs, The Dollar Princess, and Florodora.
 
Neil Midkiff neil@freerangeopera.com
Neil has been a music director, orchestrator, performer, and accompanist for many of the audience's favorite Discovery shows including Florodora, Our Miss Gibbs and The Quaker Girl. 
 
Cara Arellano cara@freerangeopera.com
In her younger days, Cara reveled in the study of performing arts and acting;Dell'Arte School of Physical Theater, A.C.T., The Jean Shelton School of Acting, and The San Francisco Bay Area Stuntman's Association Training Program!  Cara now revels in her behind-the-scenes roles as a producer, marketing maven, development diva and governance geek.
 
Kathy Kriese kathy@freerangeopera.com
 
Frank Zajac kuispis@gmail.com
 

Our tech guy:

Terry Weissman terry@freerangeopera.com