During the coronavirus pandemic, Opera North has continued to share its fantastic work and creativity with the world.
This includes making filmed productions available, such as the complete Ring cycle and The Turn of the Screw. More than 130,000 people have watched these filmed performances online in around three months. The company’s YouTube channel received 1.1 million views, and more than 413,000 engaged with new digital content. This includes 2020: An Isolation Odyssey, the opening section of Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra
performed remotely by the Orchestra of Opera North from their homes and gardens.
Five artists have also been commissioned by Opera North to compose and record new pieces of music under lockdown for BBC Arts and Arts Council England’s Culture in Quarantine season.
In Summer 2020, a special piece of music will be released. Walking Home: Sound Journeys for Lockdown has been specifically designed to be listened to while walking. It’s a vibrant cross-section of music-making in Britain today, crossing folk, jazz, Middle Eastern and African traditions, classical and contemporary music.
Opera North’s wide-ranging Education and Community Partnerships work also continues. Digital activities are still taking place via live streaming and video conferencing platforms. For example, Opera North has recently announced its virtual choir, From Couch to Chorus, will begin on 20th July. Better still, it’s open for everyone to enjoy and get involved in! Participants will be able to learn how to sing opera choruses in four parts.
These are really tough times for the creative industries so it’s great to see Opera North provide such wonderful resources for the local community.