Atrium Sessions, San Francisco Opera's New Digital Festival of Song, Premieres September 15

Release date: 9/15/2021

 

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San Francisco Opera launches the Atrium Sessions, a new digital series sharing the emotional world of music with beautifully captured offerings filmed in the Company’s intimate Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater. Atrium Sessions showcases a number of the Company’s favorite Bay Area artists including soprano Rhoslyn Jones, mezzo-soprano Laura Krumm, baritones Edward Nelson and Efraín Solís and bass-baritone Michael Sumuel—all graduates of San Francisco Opera Center’s training programs—in collaboration with pianists John Churchwell, Bryndon Hassman, Matthew Piatt, Robert Mollicone and Maureen Zoltek.

Filmed in February and March 2021 under rigorous safety protocols during the global pandemic shutdown, the sessions bring to life miniature masterpieces 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. The Atrium Sessionsare available for viewing at no charge and will be released daily from September 15–October 11 on San Francisco Opera’s social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook and YouTube) as well as at sfopera.com/atriumsessions.

"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,” says Atrium Sessions director Elena Park. “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." 

Part of San Francisco Opera’s new initiative to share the beauty, storytelling and community of opera in original, short-form digital content, Atrium Sessions, the short-form song and storytelling video portrait series In Song, and the North Stage Door podcast are created in collaboration Lumahai Productions. These digital programs are made possible, in part, through generous gifts to the Creative Edge Fund, founded by Carol and Dixon Doll. All programs are free and available at sfopera.com/online.

*For the complete press release please, including notes about each Atrium Sessions selection, view the attached PDF.