Almost Live #90 | For a Look or a Touch

Wednesday June 22, 2022 at 6:30 pm Pacific Time online Zoom

Join us for this special filmed staging of For a Look or a Touch with audio description by Eileen Barrett, as part of Pacific Opera Victoria’s Pride Programming.

For a Look or a Touch tells the story of two idealistic young men whose lives and love were torn apart during the Third Reich. The work takes its title from a provision in the German penal code that made even an affectionate glance or caress a reason for suspicion and arrest.

Originally commissioned by Music of Remembrance, an organization devoted to Holocaust themes, For a Look or a Touch remains the first and only major musical work to address the Nazi persecution of homosexuals. Based on a true story, composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer have created a theatrical chamber piece that reunites Gad and his partner Manfred, who died at Auschwitz some 60 years before.

This 45-minute film features an acting role (Gad), a baritone role (Manfred) and the Pacific Opera chorus performing in English, with a gritty instrumentation and a jazz influenced score.

The VocalEye virtual lobby opens at 6:30 pm Pacific Time for some socializing and community updates with host Amy Amantea. The pre-show introduction will begin at 6:45 pm with Amy and guests. The featured show begins at 7 pm followed by conversation, Q and A and a prize draw. 

If you’ve never attended a VocalEye Almost Live Zoom event before, you can register for just one event or sign up for the full season. A Zoom link and reminder will be sent to you on the day of the event. Almost Live events are designed for people with sight loss, but everyone is welcome. 

Register here or call 604-364-5949

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