Category: Bellissima Opera

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  • “On Call: COVID-19” return engagement streaming JUNE 8-15, 2021

    Our world premiere “On Call: COVID-19” returns online for a limited engagement JUNE 8-15, 2021 Composed by David Shenton with librettist Christine Steyer, the opera spotlightsthe power of friendship for six frontline healthcare workers in unprecedented times. 60-minutes, in English with English subtitles. Appropriate for youths 8+. Featuring the Bellissima Opera Cast directed by Carl […]


  • Western Michigan U’s performance of our “On Call: COVID-19” opera

    We are very proud of the student cast performance of “On Call” and pleased to share it with our viewers through the weekend of May 15-16. Visit this link (workinginconcert.org/wmuartistzoom). Join us for the re-release of the professional Bellissima Opera Cast for the exclusive live-stream from June 8 to June 15. Tickets will be available […]


  • Launching day for our opera premiere: “On Call: COVID-19”

    It’s Launch Day! Tickets for On Call: Covid-19 Opera just dropped. The first of our Tales of Transcendence series, On Call: COVID-19 takes us to the online gathering of six medics from around the world who help each other confront the pandemic crisis with compassion and kindness. On sale at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5092525 Join the private artists Meet […]


  • Our operas come highly recommended!

    Hello, I’m Carl Ratner and I am the Director of Opera at Western Michigan University and the former Artistic Director of Chicago Opera Theater and Chamber Opera Chicago.   I am currently involved in three productions of two different operas with music by David Shenton and libretto by Christine Steyer. I am directing both the […]



  • Operas premiere in 2021/2022

    Tales of Transcendence: Intimate operas celebrating stories of everyday people who, as individuals and groups, have transcended the human divide.  Working In Concert’s Bellissima Opera will premiere live in June 2022, in Chicago. FUTURE PERFECT (a full length opera) co-created with 1,300 Chicago area youth. This opera tells the adventures of Miranette, an intuitive and curious girl on a journey […]


  • Radio

    WHOLE NOTES – Music of Healing and PeaceAired on 98.7 WFMT on December 13, 2019 This 60-minute program, featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma, soprano Christine Steyer and others, features music in response to gun violence in our cities. Steyer and pianist Marta Johnson perform the aria “Red is a Trick” from Bellissima’s upcoming opera, Future Perfect by David Shenton, lyrics […]


  • Bellissima Opera Outreach Brings Free Music to Over 23,000 Students

    Our outreach program recently performed at Kinzie Elementary, Lane Tech HS and Al Raby HS in Chicago, bringing the number of students to whom we have brought free music exceeding 23,000.