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Opera in the time of COVID-19

Opera in the time of COVID-19

Adapting Opera during a global pandemic

Opera Companies across Canada and beyond have stretched their ingenuity in the face of COVID-19 restrictions and are demonstrating the resiliency of our sector.
Here are some notable new initiatives:

Pacific Opera Victoria
Exploring creative ways to make opera accessible during this time of social distancing The Listening Party Podcast shares an insider perspective of the life of an artist connecting with listeners in personal ways – whether they are seasoned opera affecionados or not. Pacific Opera Victoria is also hosting Acoustic Afternoons, video presentations by artists to share favourite music and tales from life at home during this period of isolation.

Vancouver Opera Offstage
This new podcast from Vancouver Opera is hosted by their Chorus Director and Assistant Conductor Les Dala on Wednesdays. The podcast explores the world of opera both on and off the stage providing an insiders glimpse of productions from conception to final performance and everything in between.

Edmonton Opera’s DIY Opera
This program developed by Edmonton Opera provides a weekly video series for children to learn about all the artistic elements that come together to make an opera. This program aims to both educate and provide a creative outlet during a difficult time.

Tapestry Opera
A digital trailblazer, Tapestry Opera adapted Songbook X, an emerging artist showcase performance into interactive digital program notes, when the pandemic started in March. But it quickly became much more than program notes and evolved into an inclusive community discussion about a challenging communal experience. They continue their digital innovation with the announcement of an “immune” digital 2020/21 Season culminating in a live-in person world premiere in June 2021.

Canadian Opera Company’s Virtual Choir
This project provided an activity and well-rounded education for musicians and non-musicians alike to learn and perform Verdi’s famous “Anvil Chorus”. Canadian Opera Company staff provided learning materials, videos, and opportunities for prospective singers and anvil players to record their own performance and be a part of a virtual choir video. Submissions are now closed and we look forward to watching the final video!