What would an operatic version of Star Wars: The Last Jedi sound like? What about Sharknado the Opera: COVID Spring Break? What would happen in the operatic version of meeting your old crush (and 100% douche) from high school? What if you could hear Aphra Behn tell off a theatre critic, 17th-century opera style? How about just giving opera more puppies and tigers?
Find out the answers to these and other forbidden opera subjects in the livestreamed concert showcase of The Aria Institute: Soprano Edition this Thursday, 7/30 from 5-6 PM Central Time.
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 Raker and Keith Allegretti
Look for these scenes to be brought to life in video form, coming soon to an Internet near you!
Today’s featured educational outreach activity is a cooperative venture with the Audio Production program at Hennepin Technical College. As part of this venture, musicians from Really Spicy Opera traveled to Eden Prairie, MN to perform in-studio and provide feedback on recording, editing, and mixing techniques. This provides students with invaluable experience in working with live musicians and approaching different projects with a variety of goals.
In one month, Really Spicy Opera returns to the Montreal Fringe Festival with its award-winning production of Kate Robards’ PolySHAMory.
This follow-up to 2017’s Ain’t That Rich mixes hilarious comedy with down-to-earth explorations of deep issues. Previously staged by RSO at the 2018 Tampa International Fringe and Atlanta Fringe Festivals, the 2019 international tour sees Robards reprising her award-winning performance in the City of Saints from June 7-12, 2019.
Today, Really Spicy Opera heads off to France for a week-long performance planning and research project. RSO staff will visit the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Archives Nationales de France, and other sites as part of the Eliza Eichelberger Ridgely Project and its ongoing collaboration with the Élan Ensemble.
Cultivating drama that burns and music that sates.