On the ego
I want people to like me. I got into singing because I want people to like me. Yup. Of course, I didn’t think of it like that at the time; wanting people to like you is not necessarily an attractive quality. Later, when I really thought about what it means to be a performer, I decided that I didn’t actually want it to be about me.Read More
Wanna Write for Schmopera?
We want to keep a two-way conversation with the people making opera happen today, and that means hearing from more voices. If you're eager to write, and have your apostrophes in order, we want to hear from you.Read More
Hercules? Yes please!
You know you're writing about opera in North America when you start to drool over a show that doesn't open until April 5th. But hey, I like hype. I'm talking about the COC's production of Handel's Hercules, directed by the infamous Peter Sellars. I just can't imagine what won't be to love.Read More
In review: Opéra de Montréal's Atelier Lyrique joins the COC Ensemble Studio
Each year the COC Ensemble and the Atelier lyrique de L'Opéra de Montréal send several of their respective artists on a week-long exchange. The artists travel to Toronto or to Montréal to work with teachers, coaches and dramaturges at the opposite company, and give local concerts highlighting the visiting singers and pianists.Read More
Schmopera makes it to the big leagues
Great news! I'll be making an appearance on behalf of Schmopera on the Big COC Podcast! With host Gianmarco Segato, I'll be joined by maestro Stephen Lord, who's in town conducting A Masked Ball at the Canadian Opera Company, and by Paula Citron, arts journalist, critic and broadcaster, and a past guest of the podcast.Read More
Generally Awesome Mezzo Joyce DiDonato Saves My Writer's Block
My hunt for blog-worthy tidbits had begun, and just as I felt the beginnings of a good old writer's block, I found myself on Joyce DiDonato's blog. That lady is just great. I'm not sure if everyone will remember this, but I spotted that letter to the editor that Joyce wrote for a publication by online magazine Opera21.Read More
Opera Memes: A deconstruction
I feel like deconstructing today. I was going for lighter fare on a Sunday, which usually means heading over to the land of the opera nerds on Tumblr.Read More
It's Valentines Day! Now what?
I thought about making a flow chart for Valentine's Day. It was going to be sort of like If-You're-Single-Do-This and If-You're-Attached-Do-This. But the answer to both is the same, making this a very simplistic flow chart indeed.Read More
Album Review: Guitarias
This week, Canadian baritone and guitarist Doug MacNaughton releases Guitarias. It's his debut recording on the guitar, fusing what's clearly been two important elements to Doug's life as a musician.Read More
Opera Heroines in 2014: What if?
So, it's the week of Valentine's Day, and I was trying to think of an appropriate post. I started thinking of opera couples, and the things they have in common. It turns out that the thing in common is a break-up of some sorts. And the majority of the time it's because the stories are from long ago, before women could stand up for themselves.Read More