After eight episodes, three extraordinary songs and countless hours of teamwork behind the scenes to bring the production from script to life, viewers can now enjoy the entire series of The Soprano on our YouTube channel.
Inspired by the challenge of a cancelled UK care homes tour, The Soprano shares the joy of opera with those who feel isolated, alone or lonely.
Yet, it’s not only viewers who have benefited.
At the production wrap party (virtual, of course!) the Health:Pitch team shared their experiences of being involved in The Soprano.
As well as many firsts, mostly connected to fathoming out the technology required to record episodes in their own homes, the team all agreed on one thing – being able to create together was a huge boost.
The unexpected joy of being able to do something new, creative and collective in lockdown felt like a massive positive for the entire Health:Pitch team. And one, they had not dreamed possible given the very real barriers of lockdown.
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
Maya Angelou, American writer, poet, and civil rights activist, 1951-2014
There was creativity aplenty on this Health:Pitch project. Scriptwriter Dr Helen Eastman’s script summed up how so many felt when their lives were suddenly put on hold. The three singers, Francesca Lanza, Louise Crane, and Tom McVeigh brought that script to life with a light, fun touch from their homes in Italy and the UK. Their passionate performances of Là ci darem, O Sole Mio, and Nessun Dorma struck a chord (sorry, I couldn’t resist) with viewers across the world.
Jane Mote, Connor Whitfield and Joshua Kershaw, from video production company beechtobeach took a team of tech beginners to new heights of smartphone mastery and taught (remotely, of course!) the singers how to record their performances. Justin Lavender re-imagined Nessun Dorma for the series finale as a thank you to frontline workers and gave viewers across the world goosebumps in many different languages.
To create when the creative arts were curtained, to perform together (albeit remotely) when no one thought it possible, to bring to a brand new public an original piece of music theatre when no one thought it possible felt incredible.
Harnessing the power of creative people to channel their talents felt like a daily positive in an often numbingly negative news cycle. Proving that (with a little help from technology, and lots of friends) original performance can reach those whose lives and minds can be the hardest to reach felt incredibly powerful. It also made the entire Health:Pitch team realise the vast future potential for taking music theatre production to an even wider audience.
As Albert Einstein, may or may not have said, “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on!”
We couldn’t agree more.