Kentucky Opera to Explore Faith, Justice, and Family in 20-21 Season

By Logan Martell

Kentucky Opera has announced a new initiative for its 2020-21 season, titled “Amplify Your Voice.”

Featuring artists and directors who have been retained from the company’s canceled productions of “Hansel and Gretel” and “La Bohème,” the season will engage audiences and partners through interviews, performances, and more.

Among the themes to be explored through the season’s programming are faith, justice, and family. The first theme will see a partnership with KORE Gallery in an exhibition of visual art inspired by the artists’ varied relationships with faith. Kentucky Opera will hold a black-tie fundraiser at the gallery in April 2021, with faith leaders from around Kentucky in attendance.

The theme of justice will feature historical songs with important messages, to be performed by company artists. For this theme, the community will be invited to submit poems, messages, and other writings related to the civil justice movements happening today; these submissions will be used to inspire a new set of songs, written by baritone and composer Jorell Williams.

The theme of family will tell the stories of Kentucky families through a series of 5-7 minute webisodes based on curated content submitted by the community.

“This season, Kentucky Opera will stay true to our responsibility of telling and elevating stories — our stories — through music,” says Barbara Lynne Jamison, General Director and CEO. “We invite our community to share their voices and perspectives, which we will amplify through story and song. At a time when many people yearn to be heard and understood, we will explore the values we hold dear both individually and collectively. At a time when we long for social connection, we will bring our community together with shared purpose.”