Decameron Opera Coalition Inducted into Library of Congress

By David Salazar

The Decameron Opera Coalition’s “Tales from A Safe Distance” has been inducted into The Library of Congress’s “Performing Arts COVID-19 Response Collection.”

The collection will include works by nationally and internationally renowned creators to document that new works that were created by the performing arts industry during the pandemic. The recognition also comes as the Decameron Opera Coalition launches a new partnership with IDAGIO, which will remount the new work in the Global Concert Hall with “DOC Week” between Feb. 21-27, 2021.

“Tales from a Safe Distance” is an adaptation of Boccaccio’s famed “The Decameron.” The work featured performances and creations by such companies as  Resonance Works [Pittsburgh], Lyric Opera of the North [Duluth], UrbanArias [Washington DC], Bare Opera [NYC], Opera in the Heights [Houston], Chicago Fringe Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, and An Opera Theatre [Minneapolis], along with composer and librettist Peter Hilliard and Matt Boresi.

The work originally premiered throughout the month of October 2020.