Rival Queens—A Virtual Opera By Divaria Productions

This event has past. For upcoming events please click here.

November 12
at 8:00pm

            

The virtual world premiere of Divaria Productions’ original biopic opera Rival Queens tells the story of Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I, and features music from Donizetti’s opera Maria Stuarda with English subtitles. Originally scheduled to be performed in-person at Bay Street Theater, the virtual presentation was instead created and prepared on an intercontinental basis featuring a director, pianist, and actors located in Spain; a writer, soprano, mezzo-soprano and film crew in New York; a narrator from San Francisco; and a tenor in Chicago.

In contrast to the opera Maria Stuarda, Rival Queens adds the dimension of the relationship of these two women throughout their entire life and not just the months immediately preceding Mary’s execution. This biopic represents a new form of art that melds documentary film with the music of opera, which serves as the driving force of the story. The story draws on primary sources of the letters between these women—who never actually met in person—and historical research, culminating in original narration that connects the opera and the letters. 

Runtime: One hour.

Other Shows

Fridays @ 5 Virtual Sip & Sing
Category: Special Performances July 23 at 5:00pm

Bay Street Theater is bringing our fun and interactive sing-along Series, Sip & Sing, to YOU for FREE!

Wonder/Wall: "20,000" by Mike Billings and Brian C. Staton
Category: Special Performances July 20 through July 25

An irreverent mash up of text and imagery from Jules Verne’s "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and the writings of environmentalist Rachel Carson, "20,000" promises to be a surprising voyage to unexpected places.

Wonder/Wall: "Smile" by Brittany Bland
Category: Special Performances July 27 through July 31

Using live projection and audio interviews, "Smile" puts the audience at the center of a Harlem-born photographers family archive.

Camelot—A Concert Musical Under The Stars
Category: Special Performances August 5 through August 29

This new envisioning of the story of King Arthur, Guenevere, and Lancelot is told with intimacy, immediacy, and incandescent passion. The beloved musical explores one of the greatest romances of all time and paints a luminous picture of a fleeting moment when justice, peace, and righteousness reigned supreme.