Washington DC, August 13, 2020 – IN Series announced this week that subscriptions are now available for INvision: The Logan OPERAhouse Without Walls. Created in response to restrictions imposed by COVID-19 and embracing the opportunity to collaborate broadly and reach worldwide audiences, INvision is IN Series’s first-of-its kind multi-venue digital performing arts center dedicated to disseminating new, transformative works of operatic theater free of charge.
The first offerings in a season of what will be more than 20 central pieces provide a sampling of the diverse, genre-defying works to come:
- A FAIRY QUEEN – With music by Purcell, Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” transforms into an episodic radio-opera inspired by classic airwave dramas, featuring a Grammy Award winning international cast and orchestra.
- PEARL FISHERS – Bizet’s breathtakingscore is the canvas forthis video-art opera asit explores the shatteringpower of love – threedynamic artists arebacked by the opera’s unforgettable large choruses.
- GONZALES CANTATA – Just in time for the election, a docu-opera of Melissa Dunphy’s brilliant setting of the transcripts from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s 2005 congressional hearings into the style of Handelian oratorio is art as satire – at turns funny, charming, moving, and convicting.
- HERE BE SIRENS – Kate Soper’s quixotic and transcendent opera irreverently uses music and language to touch deep parts of the soul. IN Series artists reimagine this as a living film project.
- BLACK FLUTE – Mozart’s transformational but problematic opera is given new life seeking to heal and make space for diverse voices. Poets Sybil Williams and Jarrod Lee, and director KenYatta Rogers work with artists of color to tell a deeper story of justice and love.
- BOHEME IN THE HEIGHTS – The opera-lover’s opera comes to life in a whole new way. Created as an animated feature and set in Washington DC’s Columbia Heights neighborhood, this is about coming of age in a quickly changing city and the power of youth to face love, hope, change, and even death.
- VIVA V.E.R.D.I.: THE PROMISED END – The original cast reunites for a digital remount of the acclaimed 2018-2019 season opener, which layers Verdi’s immortal Requiem with Shakespeare’s King Lear.
- ORPHÉE ET EURYDICE – Gluck’s revolutionary operais the first in a trilogy of projectsabout love and loss in the time ofCOVID. Real-life husband and wifeBenjamin Williamson and PaulaSides take on this story of love atthe edge of life and death.
- SCHUMANN/WAGNER – The trilogy continues with a double-bill: the first part combining an essay by Shalom Auslander with Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben, performed by Elizabeth Mondragon. Then Maribeth Diggle and Brian Arreola reunite in a new imagining of Wagner’s TRISTAN.
- HARAWI – Maribeth Digglecompletes thetrilogy in a film ofOlivier Messiaen’sepic and rarely performed song-cycle HARAWI. This work is an ecstatic poem of how the soul leaves the body.
Subscriptions to this accessible platform help ensure the broad delivery of innovative works of operatic theater to wide audiences for free. Additionally, subscribers will enjoy these exclusive benefits:
- · Access to our new INtimate recital series, featuring artists headlining this season’s works
- · Early and extended access to all content on INvision
- · Exclusive ability to schedule private watch parties in our IN-Circle Lounge
- · Access to the STAGE DOOR – a subscriber only area of INvision featuring behind-the-scenes content from artists, designers, and directors
- · Invitations to artist receptions held for the release of all new content on INvision
- · Invitations to be our guest at live events during the season, including musical salons, subscriber parties, film screenings, etc
- · Priority ticketing and seating for live performances of BLACK FLUTE
- · First look and early subscription access to our 2021-2022 40th Anniversary Season
- · Early access to tickets for our 2020-2021 Annual Gala Event
- Subscriptions are available at https://invision.inseries.org. Premium access starts at $9.99/month for an individual, or $99/year; $198/year for a couple; and $149/year for a senior couple.
ABOUT IN SERIES
IN Series is the standard-bearer for innovative opera theater in Washington DC. Working with local artists and diverse communities worldwide to create novel works grounded in opera and song, we challenge and reimagine these forms, folding in an expanding range of aesthetic and cultural traditions. IN Series envisions a thriving global community in which opera is a fully integrated and essential part of collective conversation. In picturing the journey to this end, IN Series is a change-maker – a force that, with each groundbreaking production and outreach event, radically transforms perceptions of the “who”, “what”, “where”, and “why” of opera: who gets to make opera and for whom is it made; what is defined as an operatic experience; where operas take place; why we make opera; and why opera matters.
Founded by Carla Hübner in 1982 as a concert series of the former Mount Vernon College, “The In Series” became an independent non-profit arts organization in 2000 and has been a resident company at Source Theater since 2008. Timothy Nelson assumed artistic directorship in 2018, quickly establishing the newly rebranded “IN Series” as DC’s home for “Thought, debate, history, and innovation” (DC Metro Theatre Arts) in opera.