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Watch a Preview of 'Vireo,' the First 'Digital Opera'

color photo of Vireo performers in Alcatraz cell block
David Soderland
A scene from episode 9 of Lisa Bielawa's digital opera Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser

It’s an opera about a woman imprisoned by psychological demons. It was filmed at Alcatraz. And, if all that isn't cool enough, later this month you’ll be able to watch it in 15-minute episodes on your mobile device, computer or TV.

Composer Lisa Bielawa’s opera Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser is thought to be the first opera conceived, written, produced and packaged for digital consumption. Southern California's KCET was a creative partner in the production of Vireo and will release all 12 episodes May 31 for free, on-demand streaming.

The opera's broadcast premiere on KCET TV and Link TV nationwide, with screenings in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City, is scheduled for June and July.


Here's a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of the filming of Vireo at Alcatraz:


Read more about Vireo here, as published in the Los Angeles Times.

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Jennifer Hambrick unites her extensive backgrounds in the arts and media and her deep roots in Columbus to bring inspiring music to central Ohio as Classical 101’s midday host. Jennifer performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before earning a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.