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Soprano Cheryl Warfield founded MORE Opera in 2000 to provide professional level and artistically satisfying opera performances and outreach programs at affordable prices.

The early years: Verdi's "Ernani"

Since its inception, MORE Opera has produced numerous opera concerts and outreach programs, including Verdi's "Aida,""Ernani," Puccini's "Tosca" and the world  premiere reading of Anton Coppola's Act III ending of "Turandot."  Maestro Coppola began to collaborate with Cheryl Warfield in 2013 upon hearing her sing in a masterclass. Cheryl invited him to see MORE Opera's "Aida" that summer.  Maestro Coppola chose to conduct and direct the 2014 production of Tosca.

ADVANCE/MORE Opera Community Chorus Training Program

MORE Opera Adult Chorus Training Program

ADVANCE has trained community residents to participate in its professional level musical performances since 1989. In 2002 ADVANCE’s opera producing arm, MORE Opera began preparing a community chorus to perform in concert with professional opera artists, trained by recognized arts educators and experts in opera and performance. To find out more information about the MORE OPERA Community Chorus Training Program and how to get involved.

MORE Opera Children’s Chorus Training Program

ADVANCE is thrilled to offer a year long training series of classical vocal arts for children and youth of NYC. Classical Vocal Arts for Children (CVAC) focuses on music appreciation and chorus training, and is FREE for children and youth who are residents of NYC. Some CVAC participants will be invited to perform in MORE Opera productions. Learn more about CVAC and the Children’s Chorus, including auditions, performances, and community outreach by clicking on the link above.

Cheryl Warfield, Founder

Cheryl Warfield is a New York City based opera singer. In addition to singing, she is an arts administrator and creator/producer of innovative vocal arts programs. She founded ADVANCE, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit vocal arts organization that produces concerts of classical music and music education programs.


Cheryl began producing opera concerts in 2001. She was a founding member and the first executive producer for Amore Opera in Manhattan, where she also trained child performers for stage productions. 


Cheryl’s educational mission is to help people from all backgrounds and age groups understand and appreciate opera and vocal music. She strives to present programs that enlighten and educate audiences while they are entertained.



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