Renée Fleming, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Julia Bullock Headline MasterVoices 4-Part ‘Myths & Hymns’ Digital Project

By David Salazar

MasterVoices is set to present Adam Guettel’s song cycle “Myths and Hymns” in a four-part digital series launching this January.

Choral arrangements for the song cycle will be made by Ted Sperling with short films created for each of the 23 songs.

The first six songs of the series connected under the first installment entitled “Chapter One: Flight” will feature a wide range of international superstars of opera, pop, and other musical genres including Daniel Breaker, Julia Bullock, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Renée Fleming, Joshua Henry, Cheyenne Jackson, Capathia Jenkins, Mykal Kilgore, Norm Lewis, Jose Llana, Kelli O’Hara, Nicholas Phan, and Elizabeth Stanley, among others.

On Feb. 24, the organization will release “Chapter Two: Work,” which features the next seven songs in the cycle. April 14 brings “Chapter Three: Love” and the next four songs; “Chapter Four: Faith” arrives on May 26 and features the final six songs.

“I’ve thought for years that this piece would merit revisiting with MasterVoices, and now it’s proving to be the perfect project for us to tackle during the COVID era,” Sperling stated in a press release. “I always aim to choose material for MasterVoices that has a relationship to the issues and feelings that we as a community are facing, and while this collection doesn’t spring from this sort of external crisis, it does explore an internal one…. a crisis of purpose, a feeling of being lost, of having ‘a hunger inside me.’ As many of us struggle to figure out how to keep moving forward when so many options seem unavailable, I hope this project will bring a sense of joy and possibility to our performers, collaborators, and audience.”