The Paris Opera Project

For: Manny Sanoja
Organizer: Manny Sanoja
of $8,500 goal.
Raised by 72 donors
100% Complete
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The Story

Hello, my name is Manny Sanoja. I’m an opera singer in my senior year studying at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. I couldn't be more happy and excited to have booked my first leading opera role. To sing it in Paris France, one of the most respected music and cultural capitals of the world is truly a dream come true.

For 6 weeks in July and August, I will be involved in an intensive study and performance program that is designed specifically for emerging, professional opera singers. 

During my time in Paris, the curriculum I will participate in everyday will consist of role preparation, French language study, master-classes, coaching’s, voice lessons and career building; which includes the opportunity to sing for many European opera agents and to study with professionals from opera companies such as the famed Metropolitan Opera. 

Being a musician for me was not a choice in life; it was a calling. And many times, it hasn’t been the easiest of callings. In 2004, I lost my Dad suddenly to an unexpected accident. During this difficult time, I fell away from music for about 3 years and endured some tumultuous yet valuable life lessons. One of which was a firm affirmation that I needed to return to college and pursue my dreams in becoming a professional singer and musician. My Dad always wanted me to college and when I returned from my hiatus to a full tuition scholarship to USC, I knew that he had a part in that and I had made the right choice in both honoring my Dad’s wishes and following my true life’s path. 

To sing this role with the Franco American Vocal Academy in Paris France is definitely part of a dream come true for me. Your donations will not only fund one of my life long dreams of becoming a professional opera singer and to advance my career, but they will help be a part of the musical and cultural enjoyment for what will hopefully, one day, be a positive influence to millions of people around the world who share the common love of classical music.

Thank you so much for your love and support.

**If the full amount of the fundraiser cannot be met, I will not be able to participate in this program. All funds donated will be applied and saved for future musical projects and productions. 

***If my goal amount is exceeded, additional funds will be applied to the cost of PayPal fees, late flight booking and high euro to dollar exachange rates. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 30, 2014 by Manny Sanoja
Well, tomorrow is the big day--off to Paris I go! I just can't say enough how grateful I am to all of you: my friends, my family, my mentors, my church, the list goes on and on. I hope my journey has in some way inspired your own and is an affirmation that when we put our hearts and souls into a higher cause, there is no limit to what we can achieve and in record time. God is good and so are all of you! I thank you deeply, from the bottom of my heart. From my family to yours, we love you...I can't wait to make you all proud. 

With much love and appreciation,

Manny Sanoja

Posted on June 13, 2014 by Manny Sanoja
It's hard to express in words just how grateful I am to all of you who have supported me and The Paris Opera Project. This has definitely been a blessed endeavor and I am so happy that you have all been able to follow me on this journey in my life! I look forward to making you all proud during my visit and through my performances in Paris. Thank you, again and much love to you all!! 

Posted on June 9, 2014 by Manny Sanoja
UPDATE! THANK YOU SO MUCH, to everyone who has contributed to the Paris Opera Project. Just over $6,000 raised in under 2 weeks is an amazing feat that has truly been a humbling experience. Because of the high euro to dollar exchange rate and excessive PayPal fees, I have had to increase my fundraising goal slightly. Please continue SHARE my story and as my deadline draws closer, any further donations, regardless of the size make a much bigger impact than you know. Thank you so much. Much love to you all!!

Posted on June 6, 2014 by Manny Sanoja
**UPDATE** Happy and excited to report that I was interviewed by the Malibu Surfside News!! They will be running a story about myself and the Paris Opera Project, available online on June 10th and in print June 11th! It's very exciting, to say the least, to have so many people supporting my cause. I've learned that it truly does take a village to make things happen and thanks to friends, family and even many people I did not know, I'm only $830 away from achieving my goal! Thank you all, SO much and please if you haven't yet, take a minute to see for yourself what I am doing in Paris this summer. Every dollar counts and the urgency level is high to help me cross the finish line!! Thank you and much love to you all.

Posted on June 5, 2014 by Manny Sanoja
**BIG UPDATE** In the last 24 hours, The Paris Opera Project has raised an additional $1400!!! In less than 2 weeks, you've all helped to raise $4,460! Only $2,040 and 17 days to go!! Faith causes miracles to unfold, and these last few days, I've had the support of many angels! Thank you ALL for helping me to make this dream into a reality and please, SHARE my story with others in hopes that they too may see it CAN be done if they persevere! Also, It doesn't matter if it's $5, $10, or $20, as I near my goal, any additional donations will help to do necessary things that have urgency, such as purchasing airlines tickets! Thank you so much, I truly and deeply appreciate your support. Much love to all. 

Posted on June 1, 2014 by Manny Sanoja
In just the last 24 hours, thanks to you, we have been able to raise an additional $1,380 towards funding the Paris Opera Project!! Only $3,710 and 24 hours to go! I didn't nearly memorize an entire opera to not perform it. Help me reach my goal and get to Paris! Thank you and much gratitude and love to all. 

Posted on May 31, 2014 by Manny Sanoja
The good news is, I've learned more French repertoire in 2 weeks than I have in the last 2 years! The bad news is, the program that is hosting the opera I am in has put the pressure on me to fund it immediately, as in by Monday, or I will be forced to forfeit the role. I take all things as a sign from God, so if it is not in my cards to be there for this opportunity, I will accept it and move forward. In the meantime, I'll do my best to continue to try and make it happen! If you haven't already, take a look at my fundraising campaign, The Paris Opera Project to watch my reel and learn more about what I am doing in Paris this summer! Thank you! #fundraising #opera #student #money #goodcause

Posted on May 30, 2014 by Manny Sanoja
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to The Paris Opera Project! Only 14 more days to reach my goal. Please share and spread the good word. Thank you so much and much love to all!!

Posted on May 29, 2014 by Manny Sanoja
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to The Paris Opera Project! Only 14 more days to reach the goal. Please share and spread the word. Thank you so much!!

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