Check out: Essential Opera

Check out: Essential Opera

Essential Opera is a Toronto-based company which presents, well, opera's bare essentials: great artists, great music, and great storytelling. Sopranos, Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors Maureen Batt and Erin Bardua chat about how their lean and portable approach to opera makes it a closer, even cheaper, experience for audiences.

Essential Opera's new seasons starts October 8th in Halifax, with a presentation of Elisha Denburg's Regina at the Gilsig Series in Jewish Arts & Culture at Dalhousie University. Regina reprises along with Monica Pearce's Etiquette in Ottawa on October 16-18, in conjunction with Opera Lyra Ottawa. For details and ticket information, follow the box office links below.

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Jenna Simeonov

Jenna Simeonov

Jenna is the editor and co-creator of She's also a pianist, vocal coach, and répétiteur, and working with singers is how she fell in love with opera. Her favourite operas include Peter Grimes, Ariadne auf Naxos, Tristan und Isolde, Written on Skin, and Anna Nicole.

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  • Regina - Gilsig Series, Jewish Arts & Culture, Dalhousie University

    The story of Regina Jonas, the first woman to be ordained a rabbi – in 1935 Berlin – and the young student who discovers her truth.

    Admission on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Etiquette/Regina


    Toronto’s Essential Opera presents a double-bill of two new operas by young Canadian composers. Etiquette, by Monica Pearce, explores the politeness and perfection of Emily Post (“Miss Manners”), against the harsher facts of life as seen through the eyes of the acerbic New York writer, Dorothy Parker.

    Regina, by Elisha Denburg, traces the recent discovery of Regina Jonas, the first woman to be ordained a rabbi, who died in a concentration camp. A student, Anna, unearths Regina’s records in a quest for redemption.


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