On June 28, 2021 Personal Pandemic, a virtual opera I co-created with Tim Brady and a host of other cool folks, including co-directors Ayam Sabah and Olivia McGilchrist, was launched on YouTube. The opera was commissioned By Eldad Tsabary of Concordia University, as the first of 5 topical operas to be created as part of his RISE project. I came up with the story, wrote most of the libretto and worked with our excellent team to help realize this project between June 2020 and June 2021.
This is the 3rd opera that Tim and I have worked on together (he as composer and I as librettist) and we are both very psyched. PP (Personal Pandemic) was genuinely groundbreaking in a lot of ways, as it was not just about the meaning and impact of COVID-19, but was also created remotely by both the singers and musicians, and presented remotely too. It is a whole new kind of opera experience, digitally-driven and absolutely out of the box.
Here it is!