New Camerata Opera Announces Fall Programming

By Logan Martell

New Camerata Opera has announced its Fall 2020 season, with programming taking places on three fronts: mainstage productions, online operatic films through CamerataWorks, and childrens opera through Camerata Piccola.

The company’s fifth season will open on October 22 with “Masquerade,” a live concert of operatic favorites, with music direction by pianist Doug Han, to be performed at Anita’s Way, near Times Square.

The concert comes in collaboration with Chashama, an NYC non-profit arts organization known for working with property owners to turn unused spaces into areas where artists can perform and express themselves. The concert will follow social-distancing protocols; the audience will be required to wear masks and the performing artists will be wearing masks as well.

The season continues on November 12 with “The Sleuth Salon,” a virtual murder mystery gala, directed by Jennifer Williams and featuring 10 singers accompanied by pianist Dan Franklin Smith. Purchasers of VIP tickets will receive hand-delivered batched cocktail kits as they enjoy the gala from home.

The company’s online film platform CamerataWorks is set to begin a new songbook series, featuring works composed and performed by BIPOC artists. They will also release the final episode of their series “The Ives Project.”

Their children’s platform, Camerata Piccola will release four new episodes of the YouTube series “Party at the Opera,” which launched this summer. This series uses excerpts from well-known works to teach children ages 1-5 the basics of classical music, such as rhythm, melody, harmony, range, and dynamics.