Bring Joy – Shop for Gifts

Bring Joy – Shop for Gifts


Save the Date! This year, OPERAnauts joins the #GivingTuesday movement to connect with our local community at Ten Thousand Villages, in the Princeton Shopping Center in New Jersey. On November 29th from 4 – 8 PM, OPERAnauts volunteers will provide refreshments for guests to enjoy while they shop; and, the store will donate 15% of purchases to OPERAnauts work.

Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.

OPERAnauts connects with this value, and makes a point to provides artisans, especially fabric-makers and seamstresses in Kinshasa, Congo with opportunity in the creation of our opera production costumes.

To preview Ten Thousand Villages’ gift ideas, click here:  ethical-gift-ideas-from-ten-thousand-villages


Joins National #GivingTuesday movement

Joins National #GivingTuesday movement


givingtuesdayoperanauts-logoThis year on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, we are part of a call to action that will change the calendar and help make history.  We are celebrating a day dedicated to giving – when charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more will all come together for #GivingTuesday — a movement to celebrate giving and encourage more, better, and smarter giving during the holiday season that we are proud to be part of.

OPERAnauts join the national #GivingTuesday movement to celebrate our #ReplywithMusic and to deepen relationships with our local community of generosity.

About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give – the 2016 iteration will be held on November 29, 2016.  This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners — non-profits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals – to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to charities, and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global movement dedicate to giving around the world.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:







Every Step Counts – Walk for Kids in Congo

Reply with Music 5k Walk Team Memebers Kai Gibson, Nick Kochmann, Alistair Dobson, Leo LaPlaca and Niccolo Bechtler at the amphitheater of Pettronello Gardens, NJ

OPERAnauts’ Reply with Music 5k Walk Set-up Team Members Kai Gibson, Nick Kochmann, Alistair Dobson, Leo LaPlaca and Niccolo Bechtler at the amphitheater of Pettoranello Gardens, NJ




Every Step Counts – Walk for Kids in Congo at the Princeton “Reply With Music” Annual 5k Walk


PRINCETON, NJ – A local music NGO will host community residents and high school students in their first annual “Reply with Music” 5K Walk for children in Congo at 9 AM on Sunday, September 25th.


The “Reply with Music” 5K Walk is open to the public and welcomes on-line registrants at There is also registration on the day-of the “Reply with Music“ 5k Walk.


“From my experience teaching singers all these years, our ‘Reply with Music’ 5k Walk touches the CORE of what I believe — that we can inspire and engage children with opera music!” says Joy Bechtler, founder of OPERAnauts Inc.


OPERAnauts is a team of performing artists, artisans, and creative artists – including opera singers, musicians, dancers, photographers, videographers, journalists, and designers — who envision a world where the transformative power of opera helps both individuals and societies recover from violence and poverty.


There are an estimated 100,000 street children in Kinshasa, the capital city-province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it has been estimated that one in ten child soldiers – or 30,000 children – are found.


Studies show that traumatic life experiences like the ones currently experienced by children in Congo cause them to lose the ability to understand and share the feelings of one another. OPERAnauts aim to give opportunity and restore empathy to these children through music.


100% of donations go to OPERAnauts’ music program to help children in Congo. For more about OPERAnauts’ activities, visit their website at


OPERAnauts, Inc. is a non-profit corporation based in the U.S., with a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status and registered in New Jersey operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Contributions to OPERAnauts, Inc. are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.



Invitation to Reply with Music 5K Walk

Invitation to Reply with Music 5K Walk


Every Step Counts. Walk for Kids in Congo!

REGISTER NOW event page:

September 25 – 9 AM – Princeton, NJ

100% of donations to the Reply with Music 5K Walk goes to music programs for children!
Join us in Princeton, New Jersey on Sunday, September 25th to join with University and high school students to walk for children in Congo.
The local event will take place in Princeton, beginning on the corner of Walnut Lane and Franklin Ave. and going to Community Park North, before heading back to Walnut Lane. The halfway point is at the amphitheatre in Community Park North, where a classical musician will play to an audience of participants who can pause, rest, and listen while enjoying complementary refreshments from the water station before continuing back to the start/finish point. Whether you are eight or eighty-eight, you can enjoy a scenic walk through one of America’s greatest college towns for an exciting cause!