Operatic melodies can spread good feelings and lower inhibitions when it comes to contributing to a charitable cause. That's the successful strategy of the German AIDS Foundation at its fifth annual opera gala in Bonn.
In a colorful lineup at the Bonn Opera on May 21, world-famous soloists sang operatic arias and songs of their choice. They were accompanied by the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and the Opera Chorus of the Bonn Theater under conductor Stefan Blunier.
The proceeds of the event go to the German AIDS Foundation, which funds specific projects to ease the burden for persons suffering from the immune deficiency syndrome in Germany.
In addition, the foundation gives financial and logistical support to measures outside the country, including the DREAM Program in Mozambique, which has been successful in preventing transmissions of HIV from mothers to their fetuses and children.
About 1 percent of the German AIDS Foundation's budget is publically funded. The rest comes from corporate and private sponsorships and from benefit events such as the opera galas in Bonn, Berlin and Düsseldorf.
As media partner of the Opera Gala in Bonn, Deutsche Welle reports on and broadcasts the event: