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Video Published: 18 Mar 2021

How’d They Do It? — Outdoor Performances

What goes into presenting an opera outdoors during a pandemic? Hear from opera company leaders about how they adapted rehearsal and performance practices to outdoor venues, established COVID protocols for artists, staff, and attendees, and connected with new audiences through novel stagings.

This panel discussion explores San Diego Opera’s drive-in La bohème, Boston Lyric Opera’s Street Stage opera truck, and The Atlanta Opera’s “Big Tent” productions of Pagliacci and The Kaiser of Atlantis.


David Bennett, General Director, San Diego Opera
Julia Noulin-Mérat, General Director, Opera Columbus
Tomer Zvulun, General and Artistic Director, The Atlanta Opera
Laura Lee Everett, Chief Programs Officer, OPERA America (moderator)

These events are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.