“The world’s first streamable, serial, binge-watchable opera.” – LA Weekly
“Lisa Bielawa has been working at the edge of possibility for years.” – Los Angeles Times
What could opera be if it wasn’t constricted to a single stage? Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser, is composer Lisa Bielawa’s stunning answer.
Vireo is a new made-for-TV opera composed by Lisa Bielawa on a libretto by Erik Ehn, directed by Charles Otte. Comprised of 12 episodes, Vireo tears down the set limitations of a staged opera, visiting locations across the country – Alcatraz, a monastery on the Hudson River, an abandoned train station in Oakland, and the California Redwoods.
An orchestra in the pit is replaced with world-class musicians on camera, inside the action – soprano Deborah Voigt, Kronos Quartet, violinist Jennifer Koh, San Francisco Girls Chorus, cellist Joshua Roman, Alarm Will Sound, ACME, and more. The eponymous heroine Vireo, played by Rowen Sabala, is a fourteen-year-old girl genius entangled in the historic obsession with female visionaries, as witch-hunters, early psychiatrists, and modern artists have defined them.
This exclusive NYC screening only at National Sawdust will feature a Q&A with the cast and composer.
Vireo is made possible in cooperation with Grand Central Art Center, KCET, and Single Cel.