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Vireo~ a made-for-TV opera in 12 parts
October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
unlike any [opera] you have seen before, in content and in form” – Los Angeles Times
“poetic and fantastical, visually stunning and relentlessly abstract” – San Francisco Classical Voice
What could opera be if it wasn’t constricted to a single stage?
VIREO: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser, is composer Lisa Bielawa’s stunning answer.
VIREO is a new made-for-TV opera composed by Lisa Bielawa on a libretto by Erik Ehn, directed by Charles Otte. Comprised of 12 episodes, VIREO tears down the set limitations of a staged opera, visiting locations across the country – Alcatraz, a monastery on the Hudson River, an abandoned train station in Oakland, and the California Redwoods.
An orchestra in the pit is replaced with world-class musicians on camera, inside the action – soprano Deborah Voigt, Kronos Quartet, violinist Jennifer Koh, San Francisco Girls Chorus, cellist Joshua Roman, Alarm Will Sound, ACME, and more. The eponymous heroine Vireo, played by Rowen Sabala, is a fourteen-year-old girl genius entangled in the historic obsession with female visionaries, as witch-hunters, early psychiatrists, and modern artists have defined them.
All 12 episodes premiered to an audience of almost 250,000 on KCETLink’s Emmy® award-winning arts and culture series Artbound, as well as online for free, on-demand streaming, which was a first for the network. VIREO was produced as part of Bielawa’s artist residency at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California and in partnership with KCETLink and Single Cel.
This event is free with donations accepted at the door.