Jamie Barton, Anthony Roth Costanzo Headline ‘Opera Jukebox’ Benefit Concert

By David Salazar
(Photos by Matthew Placek, Joan Marcus, and BreeAnne Clowdus)

David Hyde Pierce will join forces with superstar singers Anthony Roth Costanzo and Jamie Barton to present “Opera Jukebox,” an interactive concert experience on May 30, 2020.

Per a press release, each singer will offer up three selections for audience members to choose from. Roth Costanzo will offer up options from his “Glass / Handel” show or Robinson Orbison’s “Crying” while Barton will offer up options from “Carmen,” among other pieces.

Other performers include Sasha Cooke, Kelly Markgraf, Leah Crocetto, Will Liverman, and Wei Wu.

Audience members will get a chance to “vote with their wallets” with all money raised going toward the Artist Relief Tree. Voting commences on May 19, 2020 and runs through May 25 at 12 p.m. EDT.

“When COVID-19 cancellations started hitting, many lives in our industry were changed overnight,” Barton stated. “I saw colleagues learn on Twitter that half their annual incomes had just evaporated, and I saw others whose church and choral jobs were abruptly put on indefinite pause. While very few people in the field are insulated from these changes, I do feel that we have a responsibility to take care of each other as much as we can. This benefit concert, like each ART grant, is a show of solidarity.”

The performance will be streamed on FacebookYouTube, and the ART website.