Watch the virtual showcase from the Aria Institute: Soprano Edition’s May-June 2021 cohort:
Come tune in to the showcase of new opera music written for Really Spicy Opera’s Aria Institute: Duet/Trio Edition! Featuring duets and trios written by Caroline Cao, Tiffa Foster, Jodi Goble, Jamey Guzman, Lauren McCall, Mona Washington, and Jane Wong.
Free and open to the public.
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.
Featuring brand-new works by:
- Caroline Cao
- Basil Considine
- Jessica Grams
- Dina Pruzhansky
- Nathan Scalise
- SiHyun Uhm
- Jane Wong
- Marcus Yi
Administered by Tess Altiveros, Basil Considine, and Anne Wieben.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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.
We’re cooking up some new operas! The first of three operas currently under development, Heather Meyer’s The Succession Crisis, will receive a full-day development workshop on August 21.