Restorative Justice can be individual and it can be social. It addresses the past but it encompasses the future. Bellissima Opera, based in Oak Park, Illinois, has begun a major project celebrating people who transcend racial and political divides.
The Transcendence Triptych is an operatic triple-bill.
The first piece is Outside the Ring. It is based on the friendship that developed between two boxers, the German Max Schmeling and the American Joe Louis, after their fights in the 1930s.
The second, Reconciliation, highlights an extraordinary act of forgiveness that happened during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in post-apartheid South Africa.
Future Perfect draws its inspiration from workshops with Chicagoland youth on themes of diversity, interconnectedness and transcendence.
Richard Pokorny interviews Bellissima Opera Artistic Director Christine Steyer about this work in progress: Its origins, its current state, upcoming events, and how you can become involved. This episode includes the Chicago première performance of the aria “Transcendence.”
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