THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN OPERA

About

“We are daring to think big in a time of limitations, creating a collaboration that is uniquely born of this time, but which will help opera to thrive far beyond it.”

Maria Sensi Sellner, Artistic & General Director, Resonance Works

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.

 
The Decameron Opera Coalition aims to keep opera alive, new work blossoming, singers singing, and audiences rapt, even in these alarming times, through a new collaboration of unprecedented scope. We are nine independent opera companies from across the United States: Resonance Works [Pittsburgh], Lyric Opera of the North [Duluth], UrbanArias [Washington DC], Bare Opera [NYC], Opera in the Heights [Houston], Chicago Fringe Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, and An Opera Theatre [Minneapolis], along with composer and librettist Peter Hilliard and Matt Boresi (The Last American Hammer). For our maiden project we’ve commissioned nine teams of contemporary opera’s most vital and most diverse creative voices to showcase America’s indispensable indie opera scene, and dedicate ourselves to new sounds, unparalleled storytelling, and underrepresented voices.  Independent opera companies are where new audiences are born, where discerning opera appetites are fed, where new work is incubated, and where talent is nurtured.  The Decameron Opera Coalition is the future of opera.

 

Schedule

All episodes will be released at 8:00pm EDT on the premiere dates

News & Press

Coalition Partners

Lyric Opera of the North

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“Everything Comes to a Head”

Episode 1: Both Gladsome and Grievous
October 9, 2020

Bare Opera

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“The Late Walk”

Episode 1: Both Gladsome and Grievous
October 9, 2020

Fargo-Moorhead Opera

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“Dinner 4 3”

Episode 2: Prompted by Appetite
October 16, 2020

UrbanArias

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“The Roost”

Episode 2: Prompted by Appetite
October 16, 2020

Opera in the Heights

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“Seven Spells”

Episode 3: So Noble a Heart
October 23, 2020

Milwaukee Opera Theatre

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“Orsa Ibernata”

Episode 3: So Noble a Heart
October 23, 2020

An Opera Theatre

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“The Sky Where You Are”

Episode 3: So Noble a Heart
October 23, 2020

Resonance Works

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“Sourdough: Rise up”

Episode 4: The Bolts of Fortune
October 30, 2020

Chicago Fringe Opera

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“Corsair”

Episode 4: The Bolts of Fortune
October 30, 2020

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Tickets

Join us after each episode premiere for a livestream chat with the artists!

October 9, 16, 23, & 30 at 8:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm CT

One ticket gives you access to all four episodes of “Tales from a Safe Distance”.

Watch each episode when it premieres (Fridays at 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT) or at your leisure!

All episodes will remain available through December 31, 2020.

 

 

Make a tax-deductible gift to one or all of the Decameron Opera Coalition partners by clicking the button below or by texting the amount of your gift to 734-999-4DOC (734-999-4362).

Your donation directly supports the future of opera through commissioning new works and sustaining the careers of talented artists, creative teams, and administrators.  We thank you for your support!
 

Contact

Management

Decameron Opera Coalition

Maria Sensi Sellner

[email protected]

Press & Digital Marketing

Lenny’s Studio

Jenna Wolf

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