Helios Opera Kicks off Modular Opera Project with ‘La Voix Humaine’

By David Salazar

Helios Opera has announced that it will present a virtual production of “La Voix Humaine” through its Modular Opera Project initiative.

The opera will be presented virtually on August 14, 2020 at the company’s official website. It will be directed by Adrienne Boris and star soprano Théodora Cottarel in the role of Elle with Celeste Marie Johnson performing at the piano. The performance will be filmed and edited by Julien Rohel with audio production by Ken Silber at Silken Audio.

The Modular Opera Project was hatched with the intention of helping performance artists during the COVID-19 crisis. After “La Voix Humaine,” the project will select artists to be hired to create their own virtual works remotely while receiving audio-visual training, professional equipment, marketing support, and artistic collaboration from Helios Opera. Per a press release, the project is supported in part by Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative.

“In order for opera to successfully transition online, we realized the need for an elevated value proposition – to provide our audience with unique, high-quality productions that could be created under modern-day constraints, including small budgets, social distancing requirements and short timelines,” Rohel noted in a press release. “We are committed to making this initiative replicable and modular, allowing artists to perform from home by applying our process and the many lessons we’ve learned along the way.”