Essential Opera presents "December" by Monica Pearce
Mon, Dec 21, 2020 at 8pm - Thu, Dec 31, 2020 at 11:45pm (Atlantic)
Join us for the world première of Monica Pearce’s opera “December”
a one-act opera for three sopranos and string quartet
December is a lighthearted story about travel (remember travel?), family, holiday stress, relationships, and remembering not to wrap your presents before you fly.
Cast: Erin Bardua, Maureen Batt, and Danielle Buonaiuto, sopranos
Music Director/Conductor: Tara Scott
String Quartet: Jennifer Jones, violin; Anne Simons, violin; Alexandra Bates, viola; Hilary Brown, cello
Video director: Halley Davies
Video editor: Claire Fraser
Videographer NYC: Elizabeth van Os
Audio engineering NS: Leaf Music; Ben B. Creelman, producer
Audio engineering NYC: Jennifer Nulsen, Swan Studios NYC
Graphic design: Tom Belding
Production assistant: Laura Thornton, Thornton Communications
Lighting assistant: Kwasi Asare
Background extras: Kwasi Asare, Erin Bardua, Halley Davies, Claire Fraser
Video trailers: Anna Shepard
December is about two women (Julia and Natasha) in the first year of their relationship who are preparing to meet Julia’s parents for the first time. They are taking a trip to Julia’s family home for the holidays and the opera follows them as they prepare and pack for the trip, and Julia’s time waiting/stressing at the airport security line. Their trip is with Top Priority Air, represented by a Top Priority Air spokesperson, a customer service representative, and a security officer.
December was written for Essential Opera with support from the SOCAN Foundation commissioning matching program and private donors.
This film production is funded by Arts Nova Scotia and the Canada Council for the Arts.
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