Across the Magic Fire: The Mystical Convergence of Opera and Metal

Across the Magic Fire: The Mystical Convergence of Opera and Metal

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Sunday, December 6th, 2020 at 1:00 pm NY Time!

“Across the Magic Fire” is a webinar event in a single live episode exploring the intersection of the two seemingly disparate performance genres of Opera and Metal. Anyone interested in either of these subjects, as well as theatrical history, storytelling, or performance will find this seminar fascinating. 

We will go far beyond the clichés of “screaming” vocals to examine the narrative and thematic commonalities of these two extreme art forms which also share similar daunting profiles to the average music consumer.

The session will last 90 minutes. The subject will be introduced by William Berger, with some listening and visual clips, based on presentations he has recently given at such venues as Yale University and NYU. He will then be joined by two prominent performers, star bass-baritone Christian Van Horn and television star/Metal goddess Jessica Pimentel for a “panel discussion.” Finally, there will be a discussion/question-and-answer session open to attendees. There may be some surprise guests as well, so stay tuned!

The issue that emerges every time William Berger presents this rich and intriguing combination of subjects becomes not only a new point of view on the subjects themselves, but ultimately a paradigm for looking at our own aesthetic wants and needs: why do we like what we like, and what does that tell us about who we are?

     There will also be links provided for further reading and watching that will expand the conversation even after the webinar ends.

     See here for specific information about how links will be provided for viewing and a word about our Codes of Conduct: Technical Information. 

     Recordings of the sessions will be available for free to those who purchase a subscription, in  case you miss the live broadcast.

     Once the webinar is purchased, you will be provided with a confirmation email of payment, and then another email with a link to download a Word document that will contain all the Zoom info you will need, as well as information about downloading a copy of the video afterward.