The Frame

“The Happy Hour”

The Frame

Ten friends last saw one another on a starlit rooftop in Florence. Now their only way to share a toast is via web conference call from their pandemic lockdown locations. How to pass the time when no one has new developments to share? Make up stories! But will they inspire one another to overcome their COVID-era ennui? Based on the ten narrators of Bocaccio’s Decameron, The Happy Hour features internationally renowned bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni as their merry master of ceremonies!


Composer Peter Hilliard and Librettist Matt Boresi are nationally recognized writers of operas specializing in timely, often comic, audience accessible opera. Their operas, including The Last American Hammer, Blue Viola, The Filthy Habit, and others, have been produced by Pittsburgh Opera, UrbanArias, Opera Memphis, Carnegie Mellon Opera, Lyric Opera of the North, Manhattan Opera Theatre, The Tanglewood Institute, Beth Morrison Projects, and many others. Upcoming works include “Verdi by Vegetables” with Resonance Works and projects with the San Francisco Girls Chorus and Lyric Theatre @ Illinois. Hilliard and Boresi met and began working together in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU in 2000.


  • Dino (Host) – Luca Pisaroni
    Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni has established himself as one of the most charismatic and versatile singers performing today. Since his debut at age 26 with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival, led by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Pisaroni has continued to bring his compelling artistry to the world’s leading opera houses, concert halls, and festivals.
  • Pam – Brittany Renee
  • Bay  – Jorell Williams
  • Elena – Kaarin Cecilia Phelps
  • Nathan – Joshua Kohl
  • Tamara – Briana Hunter
  • Cory – K. F. Jacques
  • Fila – Elizabeth Blood
  • Jo – Anna Hashizume
  • Kat – Sharin Apostolou


Members of the Resonance Works Chamber Orchestra
Maria Sensi Sellner, conductor
James Lesniak, piano
Sandro Leal-Santiesteban, violin
Jesica Sharp Crewe, double bass
Kira Bokalders, clarinet


Video Production – Kathy Wittman, Ball Square Films

Audio Engineer – Kristian Tchetchko