White Snake Projects has announced that it will present “A Survivor’s Odyssey,” the third virtual opera in the company’s Pandemic trilogy, in September.
The artwork uses characters from Homer’s “Odyssey” to explore themes such as intimate partner violence, domestic violence, and rape – all of which have increased throughout the pandemic.
“It’s not that none of these issues are new. Racism, violence against women, and economic disadvantage have always been there, but the pandemic forced them into public awareness, while turning things that were always problems into full-fledged crises. This prompted White Snake Projects to evolve dramatically on the social action front, and to fulfill this part of our mission, we needed to have tools – digital tools – that could reach isolated people. The invention of these tools was the other half of our evolution, and the marriage of the two resulted in the pandemic trilogy, ”said Cerise Jacobs, librettist and creator of White Snake Projects.
The work will feature music by Mary Prescott and will be conducted by Elena Araoz. Marsha Thompson, Amanda Crider, Patrick Dailey and Nathan Stark will be the cast for the opera.
The opera will premiere online on September 24 with subsequent performances scheduled on 26 and 28e.