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Talking with singers: John Brancy
Darryl Edwards, on Teaching Voice
An interview with Darryl Edwards, Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Toronto, and Artistic Director of the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI).Watch Video
Jennifer Carter on La traviata: "Violetta is an everywoman."
An interview with soprano Jennifer Carter, who sings Violetta in Oshawa Opera's production of La traviata, April 19th.Read More
Building Suspense with The Regietheater Panel
A quick preview of our upcoming panel discussion on Regietheater. We brought together heads of opera companies, singers, and arts journalists to discuss the flaws and merits of "director's theatre," and its role in the ongoing evolution of opera.Read More
R/Opera and Elephant's Ears
I was perusing the opera corner of Reddit and came across a fantastic post by a user who needed help in naming that opera tune that he/she had just heard.Read More
5 Questions for Mireille Asselin & the Amici Chamber Ensemble
An interview with soprano Mireille Asselin and the Amici Chamber Ensemble, as they prepare to collaborate in concert on April 12th.Read More
4 weird rehearsal moments from the piano bench
Rehearsals are a lot of things; they're stressful, fun, boring, inspiring, and weird. The last one is probably the most true, and opera folk tend to get de-sensitized to the weird stuff pretty quickly. Obvious examples are hilariously pouffy rehearsal skirts, sopranos who mark with bass-like chest voices, and the generally weird shorthand between the artists ("are we going from vrum-da-DUM or from tinklytinkly?"). I thought I'd share some of these odd moments that I've experienced from my seat at the piano.Read More
Orpheus and Eurydice, designed by Frank Gehry
Canadian architect Frank Gehry will design a production of Gluck's Orpheus and Eurydice, to be directed by Jürgen Flimm, the Staatsoper's Intendant. At the podium will be Daniel Barenboim, in case the idea wasn’t impressive enough.Read More
"The Mother of All Demos," Onstage Again
This week at Stanford University, composers and performers Mikel Rouse and Ben Neill present the world premiere of their music theatre piece, The Demo. The piece is based on the true story of Douglas Engelbart's demonstration of new technology in 1968, in which he introduced the idea of hypertext and even the very first mouse.Read More
Gibson Girls, and the Great Opera They'd Make
I think the story, the mythology, even, of the Gibson Girl would make a great opera in itself. The story could speak about women, men, the media, the human urge to follow trends; there's even a story in the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Gibson, whose understanding of social issues seemed ahead of their time.Read More
Ma su Facebook, son già mille e tre!
We hit a milestone this weekend: Schmopera cleared 1000 likes on Facebook!Read More