We are starting to see full length, made for streaming content appearing rather than the rather variable quality, mainly amateur efforts of a few months ago. Here a couple of examples:
- Jeff Crompton’s new chamber opera based on the life of jazz musician Buddy Bolden was due to premiere in Atlanta in June. It’s now been recorded and mixed with visuals for an online release on October 16th. It’s a 45 minute piece for five singers and saxophone trio. More details here. I think this one is free. I checked out bits of the free press preview and it seems interesting and well produced.
- Decameron Opera Coalition; a collective of nine smaller opera companies in the US have come up with an innovative idea for a series of opera evenings. It’s based on Boccaccio’s Decameron, which tells of ten people who, in time of plague, isolate themselves and tell stories (some of them quite naughty as I recall). So, in our time of plague, each company has created a short opera plus there’s a collective intro and ending. They will go online on four Friday nights in October (9th/16th/23rd/30th) and stay available for a while. This one isn’t free. A ticket is $15 (US presumably) and covers all four shows. More details.
Also coming up is a presentation and panel discussion hosted by Opera America on Managing the Challenges of the Inherited Repertoire. There’s an impressive set of panelists including the one and only Aria Umezawa. It’s an important discussion that’s too often hijacked by a band of noisy zealots who think attempting to tell old stories in new, possibly more relevant, ways, is akin to publicly burning hecatombs of holy texts. Hopefully there will be some thoughtfulness here. Any way it’s on September 14th at 2pm (EST) and 3pm on September 16th. It’s free but registration is required.
There are still some of the early producers going strong. I’m still following Against the Grain, Tapestry and Opera Revue; all of whom have new or upcoming content or both on Youtube.