In Heartbeat Opera: Breathing Free, The Broad Stage’s Heartbeat Opera collaborates with 100 incarcerated singers in six prison choirs. This event features nine interconnected music videos that combine excerpts from Beethoven’s Fidelio with Negro spirituals and works by Harry T. Burleigh, Florence Price, Langston Hughes, Anthony Davis, and Thulani Davis. Created in the time of George Floyd’s murder, a pandemic that is ravaging our prison population, and the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Heartbeat Opera: Breathing Free displays pieces of Beethoven’s Fidelio through the lens of Black Lives Matter, while manifesting a dream of justice and equity.
Heartbeat Opera: Breathing Free will be live-streamed along with live opening remarks and post-screening panel discussions with artists and activists highlighting the themes surfaced in the program. The panel following the February 10th performance is titled Stories of Transformation and will focus on the artists sharing their creative and inspiring work with prison populations. The panel following the February 13th performance is titled Proposition 17 & Restoring Rights and will discuss and educate about California’s recently passed Proposition 17, which restores voter rights to post parolees in the state. An audience Q&A will follow these panels as well.
For more information, visit The Broad Stage website.