San Francisco Opera Releases ‘Atrium Sessions’ Online

By David Salazar

San Francisco Opera has released “Atrium Sessions” online.

The new song festival, which was filmed in the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater, features performances from such artists as soprano Rhoslyn Jones; mezzo-soprano Laura Krumm; baritones Edward Nelson and Efraín Solís and bass-baritone Michael Sumuel as well as pianists John Churchwell, Bryndon Hassman, Matthew Piatt, Robert Mollicone and Maureen Zoltek.

The series was filmed throughout February ad March 2021 and features music by H. Leslie Adams, Hector Berlioz, Cécile Chaminade, Noël Coward, Chris DeBlasio, Claude Debussy, Gabriela Lena Frank, Carlos Gardel, Jodi Goble, María Grever, Hall Johnson, Florence Price, Maurice Ravel, Richard Rodgers, Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Kurt Weill.

“Stepping foot inside the Atrium again was a hugely emotional experience for the five singers and the five pianists, not to mention the San Francisco Opera team assembled to make it possible back in February,” director Elena Park stated in a press release. “Everyone jumped in to negotiate myriad obstacles so that our incredible singers could perform, even if for an audience of microphones and remotely-operated cameras, even if their trusted collaborators were situated in a room far down the corridor rather than mere feet away at the piano. Laura told me that after spending months upon months singing to a wall for hours each day, with no clear end in sight, it was an unfamiliar joy to be able to make music again. Sharing songs that speak deeply to them as human beings, what these artists were able to accomplish with the use of technology was beyond beautiful to witness, and I’m glad that audiences can now see these luminous moments created in a darker time.”

“Atrium Sessions” will be available to stream through Oct. 11, 2021 via the company’s several online platforms. New sessions will be released daily.