On Call: COVID-19 — our acclaimed Opera

Bellissima Opera: “On Call: COVID-19” honoring stories of Pandemic Healthcare Workers

Due to popular demand, our acclaimed Zoom Opera “On Call: COVID-19” returns online for a limited engagement. Composed by David Shenton with librettist Christine Steyer, the opera spotlights the power of friendship for six frontline health care workers in unprecedented times. 60-minutes, in English with English subtitles. Appropriate for youths 8+.

Join us for the return limited engagement June 8–15, 2021!


Two Ways to Watch:

Option 1––Attend the stream on Tuesday, June 8, 7:30pm CT (pre-show begins at 7pm CT) and join the Zoom Post-Opera Meet & Greet with Christine Steyer & David Shenton at 8:30pm CT.
Option 2––Watch the opera ON-DEMAND anytime from Tuesday, June 8, 10pm CT until Tuesday, June 15, 10pm CT.

About “On Call: COVID-19” The opera’s three scenes look in on a series of video conference calls by six medics who meet in this safe space to share their pandemic struggles. It begins April 2020, when in a moment of crisis, a Chicago nurse connects virtually with healthcare worker friends, each calling from a different zone: Seoul in Korea, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon, New York City, and Lombardy, Italy.

Featuring the Bellissima Opera Cast directed by Carl Ratner: Gwendolyn Brown, contralto; Jeong Eun Joo, soprano; Christine Steyer, soprano; Emanuel-Cristian Caraman, tenor; Russell Hoke, baritone; Carl Ratner, baritone; David Shenton, piano.

“On Call” is drawn from 200 articles about healthcare workers confronting the pandemic and is created by Bellissima Opera and produced by Working In Concert, as part the “Tales of Transcendence” Series.