Come join the cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Vireo! Two taping sessions will be open to the public to attend, free of charge (reservations required).
Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser is a new opera composed by Lisa Bielawa, which is being created for broadcast on TV and online. The pilot episode will be taped on February 23 and February 24 at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana, for broadcast on KCET's Artbound on March 31, 2015.
Vireo’s 25-minute pilot episode will feature the Kronos Quartet, mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the Orange County School of the Arts Middle School choir, mezzo-soprano Maria Lazarova, baritone Gregory Purnhagen, drummer Matthias Bossi, and in the title role of Vireo, 16-year-old soprano Rowen Sabala. It will be staged and filmed throughout the entirety of The Yost Theater, making use of the 650-seat capacity vaudeville theater’s house, balconies, stage, lobby, and backstage areas. The taping of the pilot episode of Vireo is made possible in part with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.