Dear Friends of White Snake Projects:
2018 has been a year of exploring, learning and building the vision of who we are, what we want to be and how to get there. We want to be an activist opera company–one that integrates social activism and original opera; partners with other activists to cross-promote important social issues and opera, and redefines how opera is made by involving young people from our community. We put this vision into practice in the making of PermaDeath. We partnered with Compassionate Care ALS in a vigorous outreach into the ALS community, collaborated with RISD, Lesley University and Becker College to create cutting-edge technology and design for the world’s first video game opera, a collaboration which will continue into the future, and fulfilled our promise to give away one third of all seats to underserved communities. Thank you for helping to make this happen!
As an activist opera company, we need new language to talk about opera, and new, younger, diverse voices offering different perspectives. Only then can we give voice to the diversity that is America, engage new audiences and bring opera to our communities. The “established” opera audience should hear from these newcomers and so WSP is launching an Activist Blog comprising diverse opera going bloggers who will discuss social issues raised by our operas, their reactions to our shows, Boston’s music scene, opera’s relevance, etc. To kick off the Activist Blog, here are three blogs about PermaDeath:
Jackson Gamache (age 12)
Abby Nordan (age 16)
Kendall Bartel (age 16)
As I look back on 2018, my heart overflows with thanks for everyone in WSP’s family who has made this year a success in ways big and small. Everything you give us is magnified many times over as we leverage resources to fulfill our vision of what we want to be.
Here’s a short video of PermaDeath highlights. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Wishing you the best that 2019 has to offer. Be safe, be warm.
White Snake Projects, an Activist Opera Company