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Tales from a Safe Distance promo video

October 8, 2020

10 creative teams. 9 companies from across the United States. 4 electric nights of new opera.


Boccaccio’s 14th century masterpiece “The Decameron” involved ten characters passing the time while sheltering from a plague by telling one another stories – stories comic, tragic, romantic, sexy, terrifying. The Decameron Opera Coalition has adapted those stories for the modern pandemic era. Tales from a Safe Distance features nine World Premiere one-act operas, and a tenth wrap-around story starring internationally renowned bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni. Each Friday in October you’ll see and hear a diverse array of voices, sounds, visuals, methods, and messages as dozens of contemporary opera’s most vital artists tell intimate tales of a global moment. This unprecedented, searingly relevant, nation-wide collaboration is not to be missed.