An international team of musicians, including second year music student Vivek Haria as Community Manager, have launched the world’s first online opera house.
‘Quarantine Opera’, named to reflect the current global pandemic and the lockdown many countries are facing, aims to provide an online platform to reignite the artistic spark, and invite and connect musicians from all over the world to play in a series of online performances.
Vivek explained, “Due to the pandemic, the artistic scene throughout the world has temporarily stopped and musicians are now in self-isolation after a global spread of cancelled concerts and productions.”
The first performance, a lively and accessible version of ‘Habanera’ from Bizet's Carmen, in which Vivek and musicians in their own homes play, sing… and perform household duties, reached a vast audience both on Facebook and YouTube. The video, Vivek said, is “without doubt the first of many performances to come”.
*Note that Vivek is representing Caius by wearing his Choir fleece!
With many more performances on the horizon, the team hopes to secure funding and receive small donations from the public, so they may provide some income for the performers who feature in the videos. Future videos will be posted on the Quarantine Opera website (www.quarantine-opera.com) but you can watch their second video below.