Episode 1: Both Gladsome and Grievous
10 creative teams. 9 companies from across the United States. 4 electric nights of new opera. Boccaccio’s 14th century masterpiece “The Decameron” involved ten characters passing the time while sheltering from a plague by telling one another stories – stories comic, tragic, romantic, sexy, terrifying. The Decameron Opera Coalition has adapted those stories for the modern pandemic era.
Tales from a Safe Distance features nine World Premiere one-act operas, and a tenth wrap-around story starring internationally renowned bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni.
Each Friday in October you’ll see and hear a diverse array of voices, sounds, visuals, methods, and messages as dozens of contemporary opera’s most vital artists tell intimate tales of a global moment.
This unprecedented, searingly relevant, nation-wide collaboration is not to be missed.
Episode 3: So Noble a Heart
Premiere of "Seven Spells" by Donia Jarrar
Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini
Kaarin Cecilia Phelps sings the Mezzo-soprano solos in Rossini's "Little Solemn Mass" in the intimate setting of Montrose-Houston's Mandell Park.
Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor
Bel canto master, Donizetti's most celebrated opera, Lucia is a dazzling feast for the ears and a haunting spectacle to behold. It is a story full of ghostly atmosphere, political intrigue, and clandestine romance. The forbidden love between Lucia and Edgardo, members of opposing clans, and the cruel interventions of her brother Enrico, closely resemble the arc of Romeo and Juliet. That is, until the forces at play drive our heroine to sheer madness in one of the most iconic scenes in opera, one that demands to be experienced in the up-close intimacy of Lambert Hall.