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Rock Opera ‘Requiem’ Explores Opioid Addiction


Orlando Fringe Festival returns this year after a pandemic hiatus. One of the works on stage is a new rock-opera, ‘Requiem’, which combines the music of Mozart with tracks by Radiohead, Evanescence and others.  Opera Del Sol’s founder and creative director Nicole Dupré hopes the opera will spark a dialogue around the opioid epidemic. She joins Intersection to talk the inspiration for ‘Requiem.’  She says the opera follows the path of a woman through trauma and opioid addiction. “We just really wanted to use opera and classical music as a way to create a conversation within the community so that we could talk about addiction. So we could talk about the opioid crisis, and really, you know, realize that it …
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Lindsay Taylor (top left), theatre producer for Orlando Fringe, Alauna Friskics (top right), Orlando Fringe executive director, and Lena Feliciano  (bottom), artistic director of Celebration Theatre Co. Photo: Clarissa Moon
Intersection

Orlando Fringe Festival returns for its 30th anniversary


The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The 14-day festival, which features hundreds of theatrical performances, was canceled last year due to COVID-19. This May, it’s back with an in-person festival in Loch Haven Park, along with an all-new online “DigiFringe” festival in June.  Alauna Friskics, executive director of Fringe, Lindsay Taylor, the festival’s theatre producer, and Lena Feliciano, artistic director of Celebration Theatre Co., join Intersection to discuss how the festival is adapting to the pandemic, expanding their diversity and inclusion efforts, and celebrating 30 years of Fringe. 
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