Takoma Park gave the world actress Goldie Hawn and it still is home to the husband-and-wife team of R. Scott and Doris Mattingly who have founded a Washington-area opera company.
The Mattinglys, who are expecting their first child in two weeks, in May 1980 witnessed the birth of what they refer to as their "brainchild," the Opera Theatre of Washington.
"We started this company because we love opera very much and want to see local singers find more work locally," said Doris Mattingly, who serves as the managing director. "Many area companies have found it easier to pay New Yorkers for a week of hasty rehearsals."
Opera Theatre began as an independent company, but later became affiliated with The American University where the company "tries to involve the (AU) students as much as possible in our productions," said Scott Mattingly, the general manager.
The school provides its gym for the company's costume-making. In addition, while the company looks for a more permanent place to locate, it occupies the school's New Lecture Hall Theatre on the AU campus at Massachusetts and Nebraska avenues.
The present production is a double-bill of operas by Giacomo Puccini, "Gianni Schicchi" and "Il Tabarro" sung in English with two-piano accompaniment June 5, 6 (evenings) and 7 (matinee).