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Video streamed event and on demand: BlessedWorld premiere

Watch online on www.operaphila.orgOpera PhiladelphiaRecorded at Opera Philadelphia Channel, Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Friday 26 February 202120:00
On demand until Monday 31 May 2021 23:59
Bryan, CourtneyBlessed (world premiere)

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”—Matthew 5:5 

Courtney Bryan’s Blessed is a multi-layered exploration of darkness and light, hope and love, weaving together musical recordings and film footage from New Orleans, New York, and Philadelphia. Created as a response to the milestone events of 2020—the uprising in response to police brutality against Black men and women, the November election—Blessed reflects upon the Christian Bible’s avowal that the meek will one day “inherit the earth.” 

The constraints of creating new opera during a pandemic resulted in an innovative cross-country collaboration amongst Bryan (who also plays piano for the film), filmmaker Tiona Nekkia McClodden, soprano Janinah Burnett, vocalist Damian Norfleet, and sound designer Rob Kaplowitz. Using improvisation as a guiding principle, each artist offered original ideas in conversation with Bryan’s score. The result is a deeply personal musical and visual reflection upon how to find hope during difficult times.

Three Ways to Watch: Available on-demand with a Season Pass until May 31, 2021, with a seven-day rental for $10, or as part of the Digital Commissions Bundle for $25. (Rentals are available on the day of the premiere.)

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