Key Change

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To appreciate the life and legacy of civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer is to speak truth to power and unite in song. In June of 2021, Opera For All Voices did just that, hosting an online workshop of This Little Light Of Mine, the one-act oper
When you name an initiative Opera For All Voices (OFAV), it better have the “all voices” to back that claim up!  In the first of a series of guest-hosted episodes, Andrea passes the mic to the remarkable young talents making Is This America? th
"When people talk about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that's art." ~Jeri Lynne Johnson Near the end of last year’s contentious presidential campaign, opera and activism joined forces on the deck of a moored oil tanker to ask audi
How do artists lend their talents in support of social change when they’re literally and figuratively stifled by a global pandemic? They do as voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer did in 1964: they find a way to make their voices heard.  And
Immigration. Racism. Religion. Some themes are ever present in our society. In this episode, Key Change host Andrea Fellows Fineberg puts the time machine through its paces, capturing the artistic evolution that brought one of the first Opera f
A hummingbird, a beatboxer, and a sweet potato walk into a theatre…  We should probably mention the bees, the dog, the squirrel, the baby pigeons, and a few woodpeckers, too. These are some of the creatures that inhabit the magical garden commu
Key Change is back for Season 3!  Hold on… Some things have changed around here; some things have changed everywhere. What happens when a global pandemic upends your well-crafted plans? How does art respond within the confines of social distanc
It doesn't seem that long ago, and yet... Remember when we used to gather in a theater with hundreds of other people to see a live show? Remember how that felt? The excitement? The anticipation? In this Season 3 trailer, we listen back to comme
For opera to remain vibrant, its stories must reflect a multitude of experiences, and its productions must adapt to unconventional spaces. Both characteristics were in full effect on October 10, 2020, when OFAV (Opera for All Voices), in assoc
"There's a multi-layered contract from creator to interpreter to audience, and everybody has to actively participate to make a work come to life." ~Laura Kaminsky, composer of Hometown to the World One of the hallmarks of the Opera for All Voic
"Relationships are infrastructure." ~Andrea Fellows Walters Of the 100 busiest conductors in classical music only for are female. A list of the 150 composers whose work is most often performed includes only one woman, and women comprise approxi
"There is no distinction between art and life. Art is the way we express life and life is the way we express art. " ~Diana Solomon-Glover, librettist Fannie Lou Hamer rose from humble beginnings in the Mississippi Delta to become one of the mos
"Every single thing in the world is made of stories, and the story creates the moral energy of the universe where the question of right and wrong you learned from a story.  And in this period, particularly when we're living in a world so polari
"The more we get to know one another through our stories, the closer we come together as a community, as a nation, as a world... and as you start to dissect many operas, you're really telling the story of the delicacy and strength of the human
"Opera is like one of the transporting art forms... transporting you to these hidden secrets places like in yourself that are otherwise inaccessible." ~David Hanlon, composer Andrea takes a deep dive into the creative process behind creating a
"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” ~Shirley Chisholm We take a moment to dream with members of the opera community across departments about what a more equitable, diverse and inclusive opera industry will look,
Equity, diversity, and inclusion: it's a phrase that's at the forefront of many industries at the moment, and opera is no different. What do those words really mean and how do they relate to the forward momentum of our art form? This conversati
Andrea Fellows Walters and Brandon Neal are back with Season 2! Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun, our first commission for Opera for All Voices, gets a closer listen with a live audience. Hopping back in our OFAV time machine, we travel to September
This season, it's time to dig a little deeper. Exploring the future of opera in America and telling new stories with Opera for All Voices. Season 2 drops April 10th, 2019. Subscribe now to be the first to listen!   *** Key Change is a productio
7 American opera companies, 4 new commissions, 2 workshops... Opera for All Voices is back with Season 2 of Key Change! Andrea Fellows Walters and Brandon Neal take you on a journey behind the scenes of commissioning new opera, reaching new aud
Where you begin and where you end up are often two very different things.  While this final episode of the season is definitely NOT the end, we thought it was a good time to pause, check in with our consortium members and commissioned artists,
All the way back in episode 01, we began this season in New York City, celebrating the career of Charles MacKay, who has been the General Director of the Santa Fe Opera since 2008. Charles is a known visionary in the opera industry who has give
All the way back in episode 01, we began this season in New York City, celebrating the career of Charles MacKay, who has been the General Director of the Santa Fe Opera since 2008. Charles is a known visionary in the opera industry who has give
"Postville: Hometown to the World" almost didn't happen -- at least not as part of Opera for All Voices.  The true  and timely story of immigrant workers in a Kosher slaughterhouse and meat packing plant that was raided by ICE in 2008 in the to
Andrea always says, "our best education program is what happens on the main stage," and it's true, but how do we get new audience members TO the main stage? Education, outreach, programs and partnerships... these departments are not just about
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