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November 1, 2020IM -
The Web Opera, composed by Michael Roth, of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), is a multi-episode, filmed opera web-series presented exclusively online and for free. It is a unique experiment in music and film based on true events to support suicide prevention and the fight against cyberabuse.
A college freshman installs a webcam and starts a chain of events that will forever impact the lives of those around him. The five-episode opera confronts the negative impacts of social media shaming and cyberabuse on mental health and self-esteem, particularly in teens and college-age youth.
“It is, among other things, an experiment in both opera and film,” says Roth, a composer and sound artist who has scored over 250 productions. “In many ways, I think of it as my way of creating new opera or music/theatre in an environment that encourages creating independent work, rather than hoping for a producer to create the work onstage—and, in turn, taking advantage of everything that a film environment and online presentation has to offer.”
Since its launch, The Web Opera has been an official selection at 25 film festivals.
The Web Opera can be viewed anytime at the website www.thewebopera.com.
The website contains links about bullying and cyberabuse, including information, support resources, and a discussion guide. The website also includes the opera’s complete score and libretto.