Opera Parallèle & Bayview Opera House present: Harriet’s SpiritA young girl’s story of courage and empowerment, inspired by Harriet Tubman.Music by Marcus ShelbyLibretto by Roma OlveraConducted by Nicole PaiementDirected by L. Peter Callender
FREE for 21 & under –
Adults ‘Pay What You Can’ starting at $10.
November 13, 2021 (1:00pm & 4:00pm)
November 14, 2021 (1:00pm)
About the piece:
Modesty is a middle-school aged girl who is struggling with bullying. She tries daily to “say nothing” and melt into the scenery so classmates won’t make fun of her. Even worse though, she is too afraid to protect her friends enduring the same abuse. In quiet moments, she escapes her fear by learning about the life of Harriet Tubman.In times of struggle, she is visited by the commanding historical figure who comforts her, offers advice, tells stories that connect to her life today, and ultimately shows how she triumphed during a moment in the Civil War of great peril with the power of love & music.
With Harriet as her guide, Modesty hopes to do the same.
Opera Parallèle develops and performs contemporary opera, commissions new works, and re-orchestrates contemporary grand opera, breathing new life into underperformed masterworks for the 20th & 21st centuries. Embracing rituals of old while bravely finding space for the new, this tension sparks creativity – colorful collisions that inspire new ways of experiencing opera. Born in San Francisco, a city built on both old and new, between art and technology, Opera Parallèle merges tradition with innovation to reimagine the power of opera in the modern world, highlighting stories of social relevance that explore the depth of the human condition.
Performance run time: approx. 50 minutes
COVID-19 Protocol:All audience members, staff and artists ages 12 and up must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Prior to entering the Bay View Opera House (BVOH), you will be asked to provide proof of vaccination through a QR code generated by Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record Website, or an original physical vaccination card or photograph of it, along with a valid government issued photo ID (a Student ID for minors under the age of 18 is also acceptable). Seating in BVOH will be distanced, and masks are required for all attendees. Please be aware that singers and select instrumentalists will perform without masks.- 50% occupancy, seats placed in pairs socially distanced.- masks are required inside the building at all times regardless of vaccination status- there will be no food or drinks consumed inside the building at any time- please refrain from attending if you have a cough, fever or any other COVID-19 related symptoms
Programs at BVOH are made possible by: San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants For The Arts, the San Francisco Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, California Arts Council, the Nicholson Family Foundation and many other generous donors.