OPERA America Invites Artists, Administrators and More to A TOAST TO 50 YEARS
OPERA America is inviting artists, administrators, trustees, and audiences to "A Toast to 50 Years," a celebration of opera's progress and of OPERA America's 50th Anniversary, taking place today, Friday, May 15, from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. EDT. The event can be live streamed at youtube.com/operaamerica. It is part of Opera Conference 2020, which was moved online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide the support and perspectives necessary to inform the field's path forward.
OPERA America's president and CEO, Marc A. Scorca, will be joined by three of OPERA America's 50th Anniversary Ambassadors: sopranos Angel Blue and Christine Goerke, and bass Morris Robinson. The event will also include special announcements, a trivia game about the origins of opera in America, and the formal introduction of a new video creation, Light Shall Lift Us: Opera Singers Unite in Song.
The video features more than 100 opera singers, including Ambassadors Morris Robinson, Zachary James, Daniela Mack, Ailyn Pérez, David Portillo, and Brenda Rae, in a virtual performance of Light Shall Lift Us, a large ensemble work created by the Pulitzer Prize-winning team of composer Paul Moravec and librettist/lyricist Mark Campbell. The video - with music direction by Andrew Whitfield, video editing by Cara Consilvio, and orchestra simulation by Peter Lurye - is demonstrative of the dedication of artists to the art form and of their artistry.
"It is moving, though not at all surprising, to see artists from all across America, at all levels of their careers, come together as a community. It's indicative of the spirit of collaboration in opera and the resilience that artists and opera companies are exhibiting in the face of the current crisis," declared Marc A. Scorca, president/CEO of OPERA America. "We are deeply grateful to all the participating artists, and thrilled to share this important work with the opera community and audiences around the country."
The 107 artists who lent their voices to this project are:
Amanda Lynn Bottoms
Jennifer Johnson Cano
Briana Elyse Hunter
Jessica E. Jones
Cecilia Violetta López
Robert Wesley Mason
Aundi Marie Moore
Brian James Myer
Luis Alejandro Orozco
Lisa Marie Rogali
Jamie Van Eyck
Miguel Angel Vasquez
For more information about Light Shall Lift Us: Opera Singers Unite in Song, go to operaamerica.org/LSLU.
For more information about Opera Conference Online, go to conference.operaamerica.org.