By Nicholas Quiroga
San Francisco Opera will collaborate with Aloha, a new real-time remote music collaboration service, to prepare its resident artists, the Adler Fellows, for a live drive-in series starting on April 29.
The ultra-low latency service is revitalizing the resident artist training program, connecting them remotely and eliminating the wait time that interrupts the creative flow, creating the feeling that they are performing in the same space.
“Aloha is re-energizing our resident artist training program, allowing collaborative coachings to happen in remote locations, but with a degree of immediacy not previously possible,” said San Francisco Opera general director Matthew Shilvock. “One of our pianists commented recently that he was so moved to hear a singer breathe – it was the first time in a year. It was a poignant reminder of how impactful music-making will be as we return. Aloha is allowing us to prepare and rehearse singers remotely for our upcoming performance activity and has let us reconnect to singing. We’re honored to be working with Elk in using Aloha and to be charting a new way of making music together.”
“Connection is an integral part of being a musician and Elk’s Aloha system has allowed us to connect, collaborate, create and react in real time. While we await the return to live performances, this technology has helped us train our players. upcoming concerts and operas, ” added Carrie-Ann Matheson, artistic director of the San Francisco Opera Center.
The public will be able to hear the 11 resident artists on April 29, May 6 and 13 in a drive-in movie theater at the Marin Center in San Rafael. They will perform work by Mozart, Rossini, Puccini, Verdi, and Lehár.