Eugene Brancoveanu Headlines Opera San Jose’s Fred Heiman Digital Media Studio

By Logan Martell
(Credit: Opera San José)

In their effort to bring high-quality performances to audiences at home, Opera San Jose has announced the creation of the Fred Heiman Digital Media Studio.

This new performance space will allow the company to stage and stream full productions of operas, as well as concerts, recitals, master classes, artist meet-and-greets, and more.

Opera San Jose will be offering a series of performances, beginning with Schumann’s “Dichterliebe,” featuring baritone Eugene Brancoveanu accompanied by conductor and pianist Christopher Ray, which will be available for streaming on July 11, 2020.

“At the core of our mission is the support and development of a dynamic cohort of emerging artists, and we will continue to fulfill that mission during the current pandemic,” said General Director Khori Dastoor in a press release. “With this new space we will be able to safely perform smaller-scale operas with theatrical lighting, sets, and appropriate musical accompaniment, utilizing state-of-the-art cameras and audio equipment to create works that can be enjoyed by at-home audiences.

“This thrilling new venture will enable us to continue our work as an incubator for emerging artists and producers of accessible, world-class operatic performances while maintaining mitigation efforts to avoid the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).”