On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – just a handful of days after an order from the Governor of Minnesota closed the state’s theatres – Really Spicy Opera put out a call for interest for a Quarantine Opera (Scenes) Initiative. Two dozen composer-librettist teams and a few composer-librettists responded and were given a set of prompts to write off of in just 48 hours. Submissions soon came pouring in of great comedic, musical, and dramatic quality, forcing our judges to extend the reviewing window to arrive at the final list.
After due consideration, the judges have selected four submissions to stage and virtually perform. The selected scenes for Really Spicy Opera’s Quarantine Opera Initiative are:
- 6 feet apart, by Bea Goodwin and Felix Jarrar
- Aborted Party, by Helena Michelson
- The Handoff, by Daniel Solon and Sean Pflueger
- Viral, by Cecelia Raeker and Keith Allegretti
Look for these scenes to be brought to life in video form, coming soon to an Internet near you!