Not even a world pandemic can shut down the facility of music. Within the face of COVID-19, Seattle Opera and different arts teams are discovering inventive new methods to carry out. This week, Seattle Opera introduced its new recital collection, Songs of Summer season, which is able to carry beloved singers to a brand new stage-your telephone, pill, or pc display. Starting weekly on Could 28, recitals shall be out there to stream on Seattle Opera’s web site, Fb, and YouTube.
“Opera firms have to be versatile, adaptive and naturally very inventive if we’ll get by way of this unsure time,” mentioned Basic Director Christina Scheppelmann. “Sooner or later we’ll return to McCaw Corridor. Within the meantime, opera can nonetheless carry us pleasure, consolation, and touching moments of humanity-even although we can’t be collectively to get pleasure from these moments.”
The live performance collection kicks off on Could 28 with worldwide star Angel Blue, who performs a mixture of opera and spirituals in a 30-minute program with pianist Jay Rozendaal. Many will acknowledge Blue from the viral HiHo Children video, “Children Meet an Opera Singer.” Previous to the cancellation of Seattle Opera’s Could La bohème, the American soprano had been scheduled to sing Mimì.
“I really like Seattle Opera and contemplate this to be one in every of my dwelling theaters,” mentioned Blue, most lately Bess in Porgy and Bess. “I used to be very unhappy to listen to that La bohème was canceled, however the alternative to share a recital with the Seattle Opera viewers was an concept that rapidly lifted my spirits. This recital offers me the prospect to be inventive and have interaction with one in every of my favourite opera firms on the earth. I hope that everybody enjoys it.”
The next month, “opera’s nose-studded rock star” (The New York Occasions) Jamie Barton lends her voice to Songs of Summer season. Accompanied by Jonathan Easter on piano, the acclaimed mezzo-soprano will supply musical theater hits equivalent to “I Can Prepare dinner, Too” from On the City by Leonard Bernstein, “What’ll I do?” by Irving Berlin, and “Hear My Track” from Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown. Along with her triumphs as a singer, Barton is acknowledged for bringing conversations about physique positivity, social justice, and LGBTQ+ rights into the highlight. She made her firm debut as Fenena in Nabucco.
On-line viewers may also be handled to a June four recital from Tess Altiveros (lead soldier in The Falling and the Rising), who shall be accompanied on piano by Elisabeth Ellis. On June 18, watch Margaret Gawrysiak (Madame Larina in Eugene Onegin) with pianist Jeremy Reger. On June 25, John Moore (title character in Eugene Onegin and The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs) sings accompanied by Tim Barrick on piano.
Songs of Summer season continues with Will Liverman (who lately made historical past as the primary Black Papageno at The Metropolitan Opera), Ben Bliss (Peter Quint, The Flip of the Screw), Shelly Traverse (Chan Parker, Charlie Parker‘s Yardbird), Nerys Jones (Inez, Il trovatore), and Damien Geter (Colonel, The Falling and the Rising). Two singers who had been scheduled to make firm debuts in La bohème, Vanessa Vasquez (Mimì) and Theo Hoffman (Schaunard) may also carry out. Extra pianists will embrace Beth Grimmett-Tankersley and Jessica Corridor. Within the coming months, Robert McPherson may also deal with Seattle Opera audiences to a particular version of his hilarious program The Drunken Tenor.
The Summer season Songs launch follows a separate announcement for the corporate: Seattle Opera obtained a $2.three million federal mortgage from the Paycheck Safety Program, which is able to maintain operations by way of mid-June. Members of the general public can assist guarantee the corporate’s future by way of the remainder of the pandemic crisis-and assist programming like Songs of Summer season-at seattleopera.org/give.