Heartbeat Opera to Present West Coast Premiere of ‘Breathing Free’

Heartbeat Opera will present the west coast premiere of “Breathing Free” on Feb. 10 and 13. The film cycle will be presented as a 45-minute visual album featuring bass-baritone Derrell Acon, tenor Curtis Bannister, soprano Kelly Griffin, dancers Randy Castillo, Tamrin Goldberg, Brian HallowDreamz Henry, and a number of instrumentalists. The videos will also feature the voices of over 100 incarcerated singers {…}

Derrell Acon, Curtis Bannister, & Kelly Griffin Headline Heartbeat Opera’s ‘Breathing Free’ Online Series

Heartbeat Opera  has announced a brand new six-part series entitled “Breathing Free.” The visual album, which will premiere on YouTube between Dec. 4-12, will showcase nine interconnected music videos highlighting works by Beethoven, Harry T. Burleigh, Florence Price, Langston Hughes, Anthony Davis, Thulani Davis, and Negro spirituals. The series features three singers including Derrell Acon, Curtis Bannister, and Kelly Griffin {…}

Derrell Acon, Julia Bullock, Jeanine Tesori Headline Heartbeat Opera’s 2020-21 Online Season

(Credit: Christopher Ash) Heartbeat Opera has announced the works that will make up the company’s 2020–21 season. In a show of solidarity with artists during this time, 85 percent of the company’s budget will be devoted to employing more than 50 collaborators. The season will open in September with “The Secret Sauce,” described as a soiree-style reflection on Heartbeat Opera’s {…}