New York Virtual Opera Fest

New York Virtual Opera Fest

NYOA hosts the annual New York Opera Festival which was originally scheduled for May-June 2020. To help companies navigate the realities of the COVID-19 crisis and also encourage responsible social isolation, NYOA is refocusing the 2020 New York Opera Fest to become the 2020 New York Virtual Opera Fest. We will continue with this festival through the end of the Summer, so come back again for more exciting content!

Compiled by the New York Opera Alliance, here is a list of events hosted by local, New York City-based opera companies. More than 50+ virtual events are scheduled for the month of April alone (scroll below for complete calendar). NYOA will continue to update and share the opera community’s activities throughout its website, social media, and e-blast communication platforms.

UPCOMING LIVE STREAMS

June 18-July 6 — To My Distant Love

On Site Opera

A one-on-one live telephone experience featuring Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte. This new immersive opera experience invites you to be “the distant love” for a one-on-one performance featuring a live singer (you choose soprano or baritone) and pianist over the phone – no need to download any additional app or platform.

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July 9, 6:30pm — Falling Flat

City Lyric Opera

Falling Flat is a fun, live Happy Hour event in which artist’s remember their biggest blunders, mess-ups, or fumbled auditions. We will also have a few featured artists who will be giving the piece that “Fell Flat” another try, live. Grab a drink and come on a walk down memory lane with City Lyric Opera!

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June 9, 7pm — Mozart and Friends

the little OPERA theatre of ny

MOZART & FRIENDS spotlights several arias from little OPERA’s postponed production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s THE SHEPHERD KING in a newly commissioned singing translation from Mark Herman and Ronnie Apter, based upon the libretto by Pietro Metastasio, and additional music by Rameau, Handel, and Chevalier de Saint-Georges.
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July 23, 6:30pm — Holding Space Virtual Salon

City Lyric Opera

Take some time for you. City Lyric Opera is hosting honest and vulnerable conversations with members of our community to honor the loss of live performance and other disruptions in our lives related to COVID-19. These conversations will be bookended by musical moments to frame the conversation and act as a backdrop for a brief moment of breathing and honoring the feelings that arise from these conversations. Afterwards, CLO will release curated playlists consisting of songs that help with the emotional arc of needs during this time. Sit back, relax, and let the music do its work – whether it’s an emotional release, bringing up a past memory, or an open discussion about how you’re feeling afterwards.

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August 6, 6:30pm — CLO Retro Virtual Salon

City Lyric Opera

Katie and Megan celebrate #ThrowbackThursday with this live trip down memory lane. Join CLO’s founders as they chat about past performances – specific highlights, fun facts, and stories of legend – featuring artists you know and love.

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WEEKLY EVENTS CALENDAR

MONDAYS

On Site Opera
Watch Party, Noon

Opera Lafayette
The Leonore Series. 4pm

Opera on Tap
Emmie and Harry’s, 8pm

TUESDAYS

Opera on Tap
Emmie and Harry’s, 8pm

WEDNESDAYS

HERE Arts Center
HERE@HOME, 7pm

Opera on Tap
Emmie and Harry’s, 8pm

THURSDAYS

Beth Morrison Projects
Opera of the Week

No Dominion Theater Company
Virtual Story Slam!, 7pm

Opera on Tap
Emmie and Harry’s, 8pm

FIRDAYS

HERE Arts Center
Community Live Stream, 1pm

Opera on Tap
Emmie and Harry’s, 8pm

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

Opera on Tap
Emmie and Harry’s, 8pm

Beth Morrison Projects

Beth Morrison Projects features an “Opera of the Week” released every Thursday on the company’s website and broadcasts for one week.

HERE Arts Center

HERE Arts Center in New York City hosts “HERE@HOME”: a Facebook Watch Party to stream a full-length production every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. EST. Shows are from the HERE Vault collected over the past 25 years. Following the online premiere, these full-length videos will be available for viewing on Facebook until HERE reopens. Upcoming May productions include: May 6: The Reception (2017) – Sebastián Calderón Bentin & Sean Donovan, May 13: The Scarlet Ibis (2015) – David Cote & Stefan Weisman, May 20: The Pigeoning (2013) – Robin Frohardt, and May 27: Red Fly Blue Bottle (2009) – Christina Campanella. FREE.

No Dominion Theatre Company

Every Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. EST, No Dominion hosts a Virtual Story Slam! On its Facebook page. Co-hosted by Art House Productions, this new virtual Story Slam series celebrates the power of live storytelling, resilience of the arts and human connection during tough times. Free. Suggested donation: $5.

On Site Opera

On Site Opera hosts live-streamed “watch parties” on their Facebook page every Monday at 12:00 p.m. EST. Each Monday at noon, they show the video of one of our past site-specific opera productions, followed by a live Q&A with On Site Opera’s General & Artistic Director, Eric Einhorn. These archival videos will remain on their company’s YouTube page for public viewing through the end of April. Upcoming productions including The Secret Gardener (April 6), and Murasaki’s Moon (April 13).

Opera Lafayette

Join Artistic Director, Ryan Brown for a weekly series of online programs in which he will explore Opera Lafayette’s video recordings of Pierre Gaveaux’ and Beethoven’s Leonore. Experience the video and libretto excerpts in your home and meet virtually with Brown and guest artists to discuss the music and performances together.

Opera on Tap

Opera on Tap presents an online quarantine cabaret called Emmie and Harry’s! Audiences can view on their Facebook page. Emmie & Harry’s is a rapidly growing digital venue with an active and engaged audience base. The club curates a weekly schedule of diverse musical artists, from comedy songs to avant-garde contemporary and everything in between (and beyond!), with a special Friday night highlight of a different local Opera On Tap chapter from across the country each week.

STREAMABLE CONTENT

Collectico Musicorum

This group of highly skilled musicians dedicated to performing early music is featuring archival performances on its website on a regular basis.
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Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble

The NYC-based mentoring program and annual summer festival is hosting an online auction that will support the Artist Relief Fund – a fund to assist dell’Arte alumni who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Auction closes Aril 15th.
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Heartbeat Opera

This ensemble encourages artists to share their videos of washing hands while singing. Check out their Facebook page for #heartbeathandwash campaign.
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Indie Opera Podcast

To stay up to date with what the movers and shakers of the opera scene, listen to Indie Opera Podcast. Their insightful, in-depth shows have changed to a streamed video platform for the opera community. It’s a great way to stay up to date with developments given the unusual times that the industry is facing. Tune in to hear the experts discuss what our beloved art form is doing to weather COVID-19. Interviewees scheduled for May include the all the recipients of Opera America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers. FREE.
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The little OPERA theatre of ny

The little OPERA theatre of ny has launched a company YouTube channel featuring highlights from last season’s New York premiere of Benjamin Britten’s OWEN WINGRAVE. They will be adding new content to this channel on a rolling basis starting in June. In collaboration with New Vintage Baroque, little OPERA is creating a series of short streaming opera videos featuring excerpts from Mozart’s The Shepherd King.
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Music of the Americas

Music of the Americas presents two new online series to bring its performances into homes across the world: En Casa (At Home), featuring original performances from musicians from around the Americas who frequently perform with the society, and  Recuerdos (Memories), weekly releases of memorable past performances at the Americas Society, some for the first time. FREE.
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New Camerata Opera

NCO is hosting a handful of online events including: #theivesproject – an acclaimed series short film adaptations of Charles Ives songs, the release of CamerataWorks’ upcoming opera film, “Julie” on June 4th at 7:00 p.m. EST, and the popular handwashing aria series #20secondariachallenge, in which arias are sung to ensure one washes their hands sufficiently. Also on the calendar is a live-streamed children’s opera from Camerata Piccola entitled “Party at the Opera”, on May 9 at 2:00 p.m. EST.
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Regina Opera

Regina Opera Company, which is celebrating its 50th season of great opera at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy of Brooklyn in Sunset Park, has curated a collection of its best performance videos to help ease the strain of these difficult times. It includes complete performances of La Traviata; and Hansel and Gretel;  excerpts from AidaDon GiovanniIl Trovatore, Carmen, and La Boheme; and the complete February 2, 2020 Winter Concert, featuring operatic and popular favorites, as well as the world premiere of a quartet by 14-year-old composer Julian Raheb. FREE
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The American Opera Project

Three World Premiere English-language opera productions are available for livestream on the American Opera Project website, As One, Three Way: A Trio of One-Act Operas, and Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom

As One Three Way Harriet Tubman

Untitled Theater Company #61

The Untitled Theater Company is making videos of past performances and workshops available on its website for free viewing.
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Victor Herbert Renaissance Project

Despite having to cancel their entire season, VHRP continues to connect with its fans by broadcasting past performances on its website regularly.
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