Interviews

Talking with singers: Michelle Bradley

Talking with singers: Michelle Bradley

"The hard part is when I lock myself in a room and go over the score, figure out who the character is, make sure I get every pianissimo and forte, and accent and legato. When I come here, it's already engrained in me. I can just go where the director tells me to go."

Eva Cahen
Talking with conductors: Enrique Mazzola

Talking with conductors: Enrique Mazzola

"Luisa is a character totally surrounded by men who, in that time, control her life. But her father speaks up for her. This makes me think, 'Bravo, Giuseppe! You are speaking about important things for your time.'"

Michael Pecak
Talking with singers: Rowan Pierce

Talking with singers: Rowan Pierce

"To sing professionally brings with it a responsibility to create a parallel world for people to get lost in when every day life needs something else, or to provide people with an outlet for their emotions, sometimes even when they don't realise they need one!"

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with conductors: Francesco Lanzillotta

Talking with conductors: Francesco Lanzillotta

"Even the idea of tempo should be very flexible depending on the meaning of the words. Sometimes, even if we don't have a change of tempo written in the score, we should understand when it is necessary to move the musical line forward."

Jenna Simeonov
AtG & UofT's Summer Modern Intensive: "They are eager. Period."

AtG & UofT's Summer Modern Intensive: "They are eager. Period."

"The singers all study or have studied music and want to immerse themselves in the process and see how far they can stretch themselves. It can be daunting, but they are up for the challenge."

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with singers: Mario Bahg

Talking with singers: Mario Bahg

"The greatest purpose is to be evaluated. Every major competition brings famous vocalists or professionals involved in music to the jury."

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with singers: Rihab Chaieb

Talking with singers: Rihab Chaieb

"I've started listening back to my metal band that I was in during high school. That's the whole reason I started signing, is to be in a metal band. I had this nostalgia of going back and starting a band again. It's something in the back of my mind as a mid-30s project: create a metal band and tour the world after being an opera singer!"

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with composers: Jonathan Dove

Talking with composers: Jonathan Dove

"I don't try to write anything down until it's already quite a long way to being finished in my mind. Before that, I just keep playing (piano or keyboard) until I have an idea that seems to have a future, and then follow where it leads."

Jenna Simeonov
Bon Appetit indeed: don't miss Muse 9's delicious, musical menu

Bon Appetit indeed: don't miss Muse 9's delicious, musical menu

"Julia Child was a woman of vision and passion, who carved her way through male dominated industry with grace and sense of humour. Even living in this modern day society, we as women are often faced with challenges and roadblocks that differ from men."

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with singers: Jennifer Zetlan

Talking with singers: Jennifer Zetlan

"I love to tell stories and I love great music, and I can't imagine a better blend of the two! That I get to do it for a living constantly astonishes me, no exaggeration."

Jenna Simeonov

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