OperaDelaware has partnered with Baltimore Concert Opera for an all-new digital season with a Sunday Spotlight recital series featuring artists from recent OperaDelaware and Baltimore Concert Opera mainstage productions.
Jack Swanson, tenor, and pianist Roderick Phipps-Kettlewell will perform at 2 p.m., Jan. 10.
“We are so delighted to send these beautiful, artist-curated recitals from our home to your homes,” said Brendan Cooke, OperaDelaware general director. “Though we cannot wait to gather again in person, we’re grateful to have found a way to safely and thoughtfully provide a venue for these talented artists and to share the joy of opera during these challenging times.”
Tickets for the recitals are $15 per household. A a five-recital package is also available for $60, a savings of 20 percent. Tickets are on sale now at operade.org.
The companies are also offering a pay opera forward option, in which patrons can purchase digital tickets for households that may have been financially affected by the pandemic. Digital patrons will receive a private event link to watch the online recitals at the scheduled Sunday premiere times, plus encore broadcasts the following Wednesdays.
Hannah Ludwig, mezzo-soprano, and pianist Laura Ward will be the featured performers at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 24.
Chrystal E. Williams, mezzo-soprano, and Felipe Hostins on accordion will be featured at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7.
Grant Youngblood, baritone, and pianist Aurelien Eulert will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21.
The digital programs, mostly filmed in the Presser Black Box Theater at the OperaDelaware Studios in Wilmington, are supported in part by generous grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Delaware Community Foundation, The Presser Foundation, The Laffey-McHugh Foundation, and M&T Bank.
Like many arts organizations, OperaDelaware’s 2019-20 season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. The company, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, was forced to cancel its spring festival, which typically brings artists and patrons to Delaware from more than 30 states. Throughout the spring and summer, the company offered a series of outdoor opera events that led to over 1,200 live, in-person, socially distanced interactions.