The partner organization for this recital is Onyx Fine Arts Collective, which celebrates and promotes work by artists of African descent living in the Pacific Northwest. Run entirely by volunteers, the collective operates Gallery ONYX at Pacific Place in downtown Seattle. Back in 2018 Seattle Opera was presenting Porgy and the two organizations came together to celebrate Black artistry with a special event and reception. Check out Gallery Onyx in person when it’s safe to do so, but in the mean time, find them on Facebook or their website.
PIANO, DAVID MCDADE | SOPRANO, JENNIFER BROMAGEN
Seattle Opera’s streaming performance brings something different to your computer screens. In the spirit of Victor Borge, P.D.Q. Bach, and Beverly Sills on The Muppet Show, Metropolitan Opera tenor Robert McPherson is joined by Head of Coach-Accompanists David McDade and soprano, Jennifer Bromagen for a performance that demystifies classical music with a tongue-in-cheek online performance sure to make you smile.
With far more confidence than technical skill, McPherson’s tipsy persona strives to find the humor in shared experiences of social distancing by poking fun at the pitfalls of virtual meeting spaces. Can he use technology to connect? Can he effectively create a program to uplift and inspire? Will he remember how to turn on his camera or mute his microphone when flushing?
Program includes popular favorites by Bizet and Verdi, a little bit of Schubert, and several surprises – shaken, not stirred.*
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*No composers were harmed in the making of this prerecorded performance broadcast.