Chicago Fringe Opera Announces First Half of Spring Season – ‘City of Works’

By Chris Ruel

Chicago Fringe Opera (CFO) has announced the first half of its spring season, entitled “City of Works.”

Crafted with pandemic safety protocols top-of-mind, “City of Works” takes audiences on a journey through Chicago as they travel from one landmark to another. Upon arrival at their destination, audiences unlock digital content using a QR code.  The approach allows individuals to share a collective digital experience via their smartphones while eliminating the need to bring groups of people into a venue. All content is free of charge and accessible at any time.

The season features nine micro operas commissioned by CFO.

First up will be Matthew Recio and Anna Gatdula’s “Touch of Water.” The showcase also includes K.F. Jacques’ Excerpt from “Corsair.”

Release Date: April 16, 2021

Audiences will get to see Michael R. Oldham’s “Wicker Park, In Caricature;” Elizabeth Rudolph and Laura Stratford’s “Lincoln Square;” and Seth Boustead and Darius Parker’s “Home Sounds Like.”

Release Date: April 30, 2021

Another performance will feature Renee Baker’s “Sweet Fruit Falling, A spatial oratorio (from the opera Baldwin Chronicles: LONE ALCHEMY),” Grace Coberly’s “Our Mother,” and Heidi Joosten and Laura Stratford’s “Edgewater Eau-de.”

Release Date: May 14, 2021

Details about Tomás Gueglio’s piece are forthcoming and CFO will provide further information about each episode on the company’s website.

Vocalists include Dee Alexander; soprano Alex Salas; mezzo-sopranos Eunice Ayodele, Bridget Skaggs, and Emma Sorenson; countertenors Thomas Aláan and Bruno Rivera; tenor Jonathan Zeng, and bass-baritone Keanon Kyles.

Featured instrumentalists include cellists Lia Kohl and David Sands; pianist Chungers Kim; and Adam Zanolini.

The creative team comprises Artistic Director George Cederquist, Music Director Catherine O’Shaughnessy, and Production Designer Brad Caleb Lee.