Tales from a Safe Distance - Episode 4: The Bolts of Fortune
About this event
Ten friends last saw one another on a starlit rooftop in Florence. Now, their only way to share a toast is via a video call from their pandemic lockdown locations. How to pass the time when no one has new developments to share? Make up stories!
Tales from a Safe Distance is a 21st century operatic adaptation of Boccaccio’s 14th century novel “The Decameron”, in an unprecedented co-creation from the newly formed Decameron Opera Coalition. These nine innovative opera companies from across the U.S. commissioned ten creative teams and engaged dozens of artists from around the world to create this new opera anthology, including a special guest star, world renowned bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni.
Episode 4 - The Bolts of Fortune - 30 minutes
Purpose examined and re-defined. Fortunes lost and gained and lost again. When the world falls to pieces, what becomes of our plans? And when much is taken away, how do we learn to appreciate what we have? In Pam’s tale, three friends ponder objectives and ambitions through a carb-laden life-lull in “Sourdough: Rise Up”, and a modern day brigand sails beyond the bounds of his own hustle in Cory’s hip-hop infused “Corsair”. “The Happy Hour” concludes with a message on moving forward while being forced to stay in place.
Decameron Opera Coalition’s Tales From A Safe Distance: purchase tickets for any one episode and you will automatically receive FREE access to all four episodes. The tickets will appear automatically in your account when you purchase any one event in the Tales From A Safe Distance series:
For more information on casts and artist biographies for each tale, please visit www.DecameronOperaCoalition.org
This stream is available to watch until Friday, December 31, 2024.
- Episode 4 - The Bolts of Fortune - 30 minutes
The Happy Hour
by Peter Hilliard and Matt Boresi
Commissioned by the Decameron Opera Coalition
Based on the ten narrators of Bocaccio’s Decameron, The Happy Hour features internationally renowned bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, and characters from each of this opera’s tales.
Sourdough: Rise Up
by Gilda Lyons
Commissioned by Resonance Works - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Everyday life in the spring of COVID-19 is refracted through a graphic-novel lens as three friends—Shazam, Rockstar, and Boss—wrestle with the changing world around them and their place in it. Linked by a shared sourdough starter, these normal-person superheroes consider their fears and the small, ordinary acts of courage that define them. Together, they reach toward hope, celebrating resilience, change, honesty, and the boundless possibility of freshly baked deliciousness.
by K.F. Jacques
Inspired by The Decameron Day 2, Story 4
Commissioned by Chicago Fringe Opera - Chicago, Illinois
You have everything you need. Then you double it. Then you lose it all. How do you get it back? Where do you end up? “Corsair” is one man’s journey from greed to humility, from isolation to community, all told through the epic form of hip-hopera.