American Opera Project Unveils ‘fermata’ Virtual Gala to Spotlight Angel Blue, Charles Jarden

By David Salazar

The American Opera Project has unveiled “fermata,” a virtual benefit concert slated for Dec. 6, 2020.

The showcase will feature soprano Angel Blue and producer Charles Jarden as they are honored for their contributions to the world of opera and their communities.

Blue, who is one of the most renowned opera artists in the world and is a frequent performer at the Metropolitan Opera, is also the recipient of the American Opera Project’s first-ever Van Blazer award, which celebrates an “iconoclastic artist who has fostered resiliency and inclusivity within their communities by the very way they have shaped their life and career.” She is also the founder of the Sylvia’s Kids Foundation.

Charles Jordan is one of the founders of American Opera Project and was General Director of the organization between 2002 and 2019. He has also worked with such companies as the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, the Opéra National de Paris, the Glyndebourne Festival, Hong Kong May Festival, and The Drottningholm Palace Theatre.

The event will be hosted by Jorell Williams. There will also be special appearances by soprano Lauren Flanagan and countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. Audiences will also get a preview of upcoming operas created at American Opera Project. Those who contribute $500 or more gain access to a special VIP pre-show experience which features a choreography session with Wendy Whelan, the Associate Artistic Director of the New York City Ballet; a culinary class with Tyler Kord of No. 7 restaurants; a musical moment with soprano Adrienne Danrich; a song lyric writing workshop with librettist Mark Campbell; and a world premiere by composer/performer Gilda Lyons.