Throughout the 19th century, operas were written to address the social issues of their day. Some people think those operas and their traditional format don’t have much context or relevance in today’s world.
Meet composer Eugene Birman and librettist Scott Diel. They believe opera should be made to reflect the current times and shed some of the formalities that characterize traditional opera.
That’s why they’re creating “State of the Union,” a neo-opera that challenges how humans view their urban environment, the world and each other.
The piece will feature 12 voices. It doesn’t have any instruments, but it will have a megaphone.