Paradox Opera to Present ‘Covid Chronicles’

By David Salazar

North Carolina-based Paradox Opera is set to present “Covid Chronicles” between July 15 – 20, 2022.

The series of performances features selections from opera, operetta, and musical theater, all while exploring stories and experiences from around the community throughout the last two years. There will be a short talk back with the cast following the performance.

There will be three live performances, including one in Raleigh on July 16, another in Durham on July 17, and a final one on July 19 at Hillsboro. There will also be a live stream.

The showcase will be headlined by soprano Alissa Roca, mezzo-soprano Marissa Simmons, baritone Christopher Fotis, and pianist Rachel Dean.

“Our hope for this first show, Covid Chronicles, is that the audience will feel a sense of much-needed catharsis,” Roca told OperaWire. “We aim to remind our community of the importance of the performing arts to our emotional wellbeing as humans. We hope there will be stories that resonate with everyone, and that the audience feels a sense of connectedness with the artists and with each other in direct juxtaposition to the tremendous isolation we have all felt these last two years.”
Roca added that “the purpose of Paradox Opera is to foster a new generation of both opera artists and audiences. Productions will include commissioned and new works that focus on current issues, new translations of traditional operas with topical twists, and operas reimagined for today’s audiences (with a particular focus on integrating gaming and pop culture). Paradox Opera is dedicated to the fair and humane treatment of artists. We believe that the highest quality performances are created when the artist is an equal part of the creative process.”