On Call: COVID-19 virtual opera premiere April 17-18

On Call: COVID-19 virtual opera premiere April 17-18


Apr 18, 2021    
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Tickets are now on sale: workinginconcert.org/covidopera

A donation of $10 or more brings you to the Stage-Door to meet the artists in a Zoom room following the performance.

The Bellissima Opera Cast
Gwendolyn Browncontralto: Chicago health care worker “Sandra Jazmond Walker”
Jeong Eun Joosoprano: Seoul health care worker “Jane Kim”
Christine Steyer, soprano: Rio de Janeiro health care worker “Rolanda Couto”
Emanuel-Cristian Caraman, tenor: Lombardy health care worker “Paulo Zaninelli”
Russell Hokebaritone: New York health care worker “Mario Suffice”
Carl Ratnerbaritone: Lebanon health care worker “Gordon Cole”
David Shenton, piano, 
Carl Ratner, director
Drawn from 200 stories of healthcare workers, On Call opera’s three scenes look in on a series of “Zoom” calls by six medics. Coming from different regions around the world, they meet in this safe space to share their pandemic struggles.
Librettist and soprano Christine Steyer said, “No one is left untouched by the daily images of healthcare workers risking their lives in service as events of the pandemic unfold. Composer David Shenton and I were in the midst of creating operas for Bellissima Opera’s Tales of Transcendence Series—celebrating people who have transcended the human divide—when we turned our focus to those self-sacrificing workers.”