Opera del West to Present ‘La Divina’

By David Salazar

Opera del West is set to present “La Divina” on Nov. 13, 2020.

The digital video project is a short comedic opera in one act featuring direction by Pascale Florestal. The opera, which is composed by Thomas Pasatieri, tells the story of an aging diva who is preparing a farewell performance with the help of major team members.

Headlining the cast will be Jennifer Jaroslavsky as Madame Altina. She will be joined by Ezra Joshua Smith as the manager, Christine Field Sinacola as Cely, while Fred VanNess will appear as the young conductor. Eve Budnick will conduct.

“Although creating a virtual Opera was challenging, with rehearsals taking place on Zoom, Soundjack, and occasionally socially distanced on my front porch, the opportunity to work with these musical colleagues around the Boston area, and even, in the case of our lead, in Florida, made the struggles worth it. We hope you agree,” Budnick stated in a press release.

The performance will kick off at 7 p.m. with an introduction followed by the opera and a subsequent talkback with the cast and crew at 8 p.m.