New opera company debuts at virtual Fringe Festival

Emily Putnam
Created: September 20, 2020 10:04 AM

The idea for ROC Opera came to Kerri Lynn Slominski, Elisabeth Halliday-Quan, and Heather Holmquist in January 2020. The three classically trained sopranos came together with a common mission: to create opera that is "by, for, and with the people of Rochester, NY" says Slominski. 

Part of their mission is to promote accessibility and enjoyment of opera to a younger generation, and to take opera out of traditional spaces like concert halls, and put it in alternative everyday spaces like bars and restaurants.

"The greatest thing about these stories is if you set them in a modern time period, they're just humans with emotions," says Slominski of operas like Puccini's La bohème and Verdi's La traviata.

When the pandemic hit and live performances were put on pause, the opera collective saw an opportunity in Rochester's virtual Fringe Festival. They created an original virtual show, TRL: Opera Edition (based on the popular 90's MTV show Total Request Live), which is free and can be viewed online anytime now through October 10. 

To learn more about the performance, click here

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