Last year, when the Columbus Opera Project was one of the area groups receiving CARES Act funding through the Ohio Arts Council, organization leaders had no doubt how they would use the funds.
“This is unrestricted money,” said Cynthia Ruccia, vice president of the board of directors, of the $ 61,000 total grant. “We decided to use it in a very public way to fund public things for our fans.”
The Opera Project Columbus will perform the sacred work “Petite Messe Solonnelle” by the Italian opera composer Gioachino Rossini on Saturday at 3 pm at the Lincoln Theater, 769 E. Long St.
Although attendance will be limited to 100, many more will have the opportunity to watch the concert thanks to an innovative contact program: in the week leading up to Easter Sunday, the Columbus Opera Project will provide the District Churches with an online link to a video recording of the show. The program is directed by Alessandro Siciliani.
“Many (churches) do not meet in person; They have virtual services, ”said Ruccia. “It’s very difficult to find content and we just wanted to call it something special.”
The link can be included in church newsletters or on church websites. The company also plans to make the video available to the public.
According to the artistic manager Ed Bak, Rossini’s piece has met with approval in part because of the low staffing requirements. While maintaining social distance on stage, four vocal soloists – soprano Caroline Bergan, tenor Victor Cardamone, baritone Robert Kerr and mezzo-soprano Lauren McAllister – will join a 15-piece choir, two pianists and an accordionist. The singers wear special, more breathable masks for singers.
“The piece is a gem too,” said Bak. “The harmonious daring is incredible.”
For tickets, call Opera Project Columbus at 614-341-7011.