Zachary James Headlines World Premiere of First Zoom Opera

By David Salazar
(Credit: Matt Madison-Clark)

Renowned composer Kamala Sankaram has joined forces with librettist Rob Handel to create “all decisions will be made by consensus,” the first Zoom opera.

The work is set to premiere via the streaming platform on April 24, 020 at 1 p.m. with subsequent showcases set for April 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively.

The project will be headlined by Zachary James and will also feature a guest appearance by “Orange is the New Black” star Joel Marsh Garland. Other cast members include Paul An, Hai-Ting Chinn, Joan LaBarbara, Adrian Rosas, and Sankaram herself. It will be presented by HERE Arts Center with Kristin Marting directing.

“With the current health crisis and its related cancellations, artists have found themselves trying to find new ways to connect with their audiences,” said Sankaram in a press release.  “As always with new technologies, adapting traditional models can be an uneasy fit. So, I began this project with a question: what would happen if you created a piece specifically intended to be performed live over a conferencing platform like Zoom? The result is an experiment, an absurdist comedy, and a first answer to that question, hopefully leading to new ways to connect in this new world we’ve found ourselves in.”

The opera will be streamed here.