Don't miss: The Love Potion
"As social beings, we depend on love and being loved," says Mitisek, explaining our fascination with love stories - even those that end in death. An opera like The Love Potion tells us about the possibilities and the limits of love, and we can experience its extremes through catharsis.Read More
"After 15 years, I felt like having a party."
"I think we really mined [masque] to a huge extent," he says. Now, Beckwith's decision to wrap up TMT is fuelled by a desire for something new.Read More
Levine's ugly exit, & the disposable Met
Now, as I read the conclusion of the Met's gross display of Righteous Response™ - their investigation, launched with seriousness only after this group of victims came forward with corroborating, damning accounts of abuse by Levine - I say, let it fall.Read More
Appetizers & arias: Popera! at the Drake One Fifty
Popera! has a chic air of exclusivity to it, the menu items like "Love Elixir" cocktails and "Opera Cake" seeming positively swanky when paired with Mozart. My only wish is that the event grows in size - as in, more singing, please. I could have done with a couple of sets' worth of singing, perhaps over appetizers as well as cocktails, with a bonus handful of sweet picks - some Andrew Lloyd Webber, say - for dessert.Read More
Hallelujah for the Amici Ensemble
Some warmth on this chilly Thursday: the Amici Ensemble and soprano Mireille Asselin covers Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. It's a clip from their newly released album, Inspired by Canada/Notre Pays. Curl up with some tea, hit play, and let the tears flow.Watch Video
4 reasons to get excited about opera in 2018
Readers, what are you looking forward to in your operatic lives this year? Every now and then it's nice to take stock of the exciting things on the horizon, to keep us interested and invested in the art form we all love. We've got four things for opera fans to get properly pumped about in 2018:Read More
Greg & Jenna's #RoundUp2017
Can you believe it's that time already? The end of the twelfth month is upon us, and we have a duty to reflect on the year. 2017 brought lots of goodies: high notes, great conversations, and even a puppet opera. Greg and Jenna whittled down the year's riches to their top 5 picks:Read More
Happy birthday to us: Schmopera is four!
We're proud to call ourselves an artist-run publication, set on demystifying opera without dumbing it down. In this past year, we've expanded our opera coverage to cities across North America and Europe - our new contributors are an amazing, dedicated group of loquacious artists who keep our mission afloat.Read More
How your voice type determines your on-the-job social life
It's something to ponder: have the great composers of history inadvertently laid out a predetermined social life for generations of operatic artists? Have they added to the stereotype of rival divas by keeping them isolated to their own operas? Have they given credulity to the inevitable cross-disciplinary romances between soprano and baritone, between répétiteur and tenor?Read More
What do singers want in a pianist?
Pianists who work with singers tend to pride themselves on being an anticipator of needs. A great pianist seems to know before the singer does if they need an emergency breath, could use some extra hang-time on a high note, or wants a friendly push in tempo. Yet just as married-for-decades couples can still manage to surprise each other, even the best of pianist-singer relationships aren't perfectly telepathic.Read More