Dear Kentucky Opera family,

I am enormously grateful to count you among the Kentucky Opera family, and I hope that you and yours are well in this time of uncertainty.

Although our offices are closed, Kentucky Opera board and staff continue to work on behalf of our community. We’re continuing our preparations for La bohème, Hansel and Gretel, O + E and our community programs. Our pre-K to 12th educational partners have let us know they are eager to reschedule and continue the opera programs we were providing, once it’s safe to do so again. As mentioned in my previous email on March 12th, our youth opera Robin Hood has also been postponed. You can view that email, and other important communications, here.

As we weather this global crisis together, I have found joy and comfort watching people sing, play, and dance in various ways on the internet, and it reminds me of how essential the arts are to being human. During crises and celebrations alike, the arts connect us — even at a distance. I’m also grateful to the companies around the world who have beautiful videos of their operas and are streaming their performances on the internet during this time. We have collected some of these digital performances for you on our website and are updating the list as we hear of more. I invite you to keep in touch with opera while we’re distancing from one another.

When we produce an opera, part of our community comes together to create it, and then the rest of our community is invited to join: to laugh, to cry, and to be edified and enriched by the story, the drama, the music. Together.

Research studies have shown that when people come together to experience live music in community, our brain waves, breathing, and heart rates synchronize. We create a deeper level of compassion and empathy for one another. Being physically in the same space as others and having a shared dramatic and musical experience can create a connection that transcends what we perceive only with our senses. I look forward to sharing this experience with you again soon.

You are a vital part of the Kentucky Opera community; I hope you will connect with us online. Through email and social media, we will continue to share news and retrospectives that celebrate our art, our partners, and our community. These platforms offer the opportunity for you to share with us, too, and I hope you will.

Until we meet again, take care of yourselves. Take walks, eat meals that are special, lengthy, healthy and tasty, watch a streaming opera or read a great novel. Let art bring you joy!


Barbara Lynne Jamison