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.
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.
Heartbeat Opera presents Lady M, an online fantasia of Verdi’s Macbeth. It’s a brand-new, 90-minute adaptation of Verdi’s MACBETH, as seen through the eyes of Lady M herself, featuring six singers, six instrumentalists, and electronic sound design, to be fully produced in Spring of 2021. In light of Covid-19, Heartbeat is collaborating and taking their performances (12 Virtual Soirées, May 27-June 6) online. These intimate, interactive soirees will last 45 minutes each. Tickets for each soiree: $20 per household.
Join The American Opera Project on June 6, 2020 at 4pm EDT for the Opera concert (hosted by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard), the final of three virtual, request-driven concerts to benefit freelance artists and the families of essential workers affected by COVID-19, and the charitable organizations providing emergency funds to those in need.
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.
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 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.
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 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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Aida, Don Giovanni, Il 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