We will watch and discuss recently premiered western operas that are available on film. A link to the opera will be provided and we will watch / listen to the main arias and discuss them. Initially the meetups will be on zoom
Covid has led to a renaissance in opera. I will show brief video clips of the key arias from 5 contemporary operas / staging that were premiered this year. Each opera has a different vision of what contemporary opera should be.
Eurydice by Matthew Aucoin – a new work in the classical tradition, arias that make you cry and want to yell out brava!
Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Terence Blanchard – contemporary with a social conscience.
The magic flute with digital projection – by far the most discussed opera of 2021 (at least in Chicago), has video killed the radio star?
Les Indes Galantes with contemporary dance – rewriting classic opera to give underrepresented people a stronger voice. There is a similar trend in dramatic theater.
Like flesh by Eldar – sui generis, avante garde performance art