COVID Update & letter to the community
To our generous donors and Killer Queen Opera Family:
The past several months have been filled with uncertainty and confusion. They have been filled with rallies against injustice. This pandemic has exposed the inequities deeply woven into the fabric of our society, reinvigorating our need for representation in opera. We have also found moments of joy, excitement and inspiration among the chaos. We have been thinking of you--you who supported our mission from the beginning--and hoping that you, too, have had time to reflect, restructure, and celebrate small moments.
As New York City begins to slowly re-open, we are working to create plans to re-launch our production. Please know that every cent you donated has been safely stowed away in preparation for the moment in which we can produce “L’incoronazione di Poppea.” Although we are still in the process of choosing a date for the live performance, we are aiming for an opening in late May 2021. Please know that the safety of our cast, audience, and venue staff members is paramount; every live performance will adhere to CDC guidelines and will be subject to reassessment based upon the situation at the time.
In the interim, we are making plans for a virtual rendition of Poppea. This version--and our live version--will still hold our company’s central tenants at the forefront: representation, accessibility, and relevance.
We will send you more specific details as we receive them. We want to emphasize our feeling that each of you are an integral part of the community we are building, and we want our mission to be a reflection of that community. Do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions, suggestions, or just to let us know how you are doing.
We understand the temptation for things to return to normal. But “normal” wasn’t sufficient for our society. “Normal” was not and will not be enough to create justice and equity in our industry. Killer Queen is committed to enacting change to create sustainable equity in our industry and in our community.
Karina and Christina