Opera Parallèle is excited to announce the world premiere of its groundbreaking new film production of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s Everest.
The acclaimed opera Everest will be given a bold new theatrical treatment as a graphic novel opera film resulting in a one-of-a-kind operatic experience. “I’m thrilled that the company is able to add a new dimension to the story of Everest, moving it from the stage into the imaginative world of the graphic novel opera,” shares OP General and Artistic Director Nicole Paiement.
The graphic novel opera concept of integrating singers into an animated environment was conceived of by OP Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel in collaboration with illustrator Mark Simmons and cinematographer David Murakami. The creative process begins with studio recordings followed by an emotion capture process that forms the basis of the animated characters. The singers’ movements control their characters’ animated expressions, creating an authentic experience for the audience.
Currently in video recording sessions is an impressive roster of singers from the world of contemporary opera and concert music: Sasha Cooke (Jan Arnold), Nathan Granner (Rob Hall), Kevin Burdette (Beck Weathers), Hadleigh Adams (Doug Hansen), Matt Boehler (Guy Cotter, Mike Groom and Vocal Quartet), Charlotte Fanvu (Meg Weathers), Shawnette Sulker (Vocal Quartet), Whitney Steele (Vocal Quartet), and Kevin Gino (Vocal Quartet).
The world premiere of OP's graphic novel opera production of Everest is scheduled in summer 2021 and will be available for in-home on-demand streaming. Complete ticketing details will be available later this spring. Visit www.operaparallele.org/everest for cast bios, the “making of” video, and more.