Don't miss: She's The One

Don't miss: She's The One

Next Friday, April 8th, 7:30pm at Heliconian Hall, Essential Opera presents She's The One, a concert that celebrates and explores women's lives, through excerpts from Canadian and American contemporary opera.

Sopranos Maureen Batt and Erin Bardua, co-founders and co-Artistic Directors of Essential Opera, will perform alongside Maureen Ferguson and Julie Ludwig, with pianist and Music Director Cheryl Duvall, of the Thin Edge New Music Collective.

"Women are at the centre of each story in this programme," says Bardua. "Some are tied together by classic Canadian imagery, like tempestuous weather and isolation. Others are more intimate and personal - mother-daughter relationships, or questioning sexuality."

She's The One includes music by Leslie Uyeda, Elizabeth Raum, Anna Höstman, Anna Pidgorna, Fiona Ryan, John Estacio, and Jake Heggie. "We get to feature several fantastic artists," says Batt, "and present these wonderful works to an audience that may not have had a chance to hear many of them before."

Tickets start at $20, available online and at the door. For full details and to reserve your seat, follow our 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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    She's The One

    Women are at the centre of each story in this collage of contemporary operatic works by composers including Leslie Uyeda, Anna Pidgorna, Anna Höstman, Fiona Ryan, Elizabeth Raum, John Estacio and Jake Heggie. She’s The One showcases recent works that are fast becoming mainstays of the contemporary operatic repertoire. Each story displays a different facet of women’s lives, from the grim (and Grimm) to the lighthearted; from the comic to the tragic; from the innocent maiden to the frightful crone.


    • Erin Bardua
    • Maureen Batt
    • Maureen Ferguson
    • Julie Ludwig

    Music director/pianist:

    • Cheryl Duvall


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