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It's official: Breaking the Waves wins Best New Opera
"Breaking the Waves was modern, urgent, and heartbreakingly believable in its tragedy and redemption. It was also striking in the way it transformed the Lars von Trier film, which I found misogynistic, into something completely different – a story about female agency."Read More
Talking with singers: Ailyn Pérez
"I would tell everybody that the work is real," she says with a laugh. "Just because now you've sung at the Metropolitan Opera or have a new production, or have reached your dream role...the work still remains." Pérez describes it as having to "reintroduce yourself all the time," taking charge of her own professional choices and constantly looking ahead to the next project.Read More
Talking with singers: Scott Hendricks
"This is a very good question. Firstly, my current self would tell my younger self to keep studying voice on a consistent basis. This is difficult because we travel so much and we're away from home for weeks and months at a time. Regardless, it's important to make time for touching base with your voice teacher and/or vocal coach."Read More
Talking with singers: Steven Cole
"I have a secret: I have taped (yes, old fashioned) every performance out of my mouth for 40 years. So I always listen to the tape before the next performance and make little notes: 'too much consonant on X...sharper rhythms at Y...Steven, enjoy more the double consonants tonight...stay more in head...E flat was flat...support more...keep the legato in that passage...that went well, you reached all your personal goals in getting the text across...'"Read More
6 opera houses, Google-reviewed
It seems that $7 sausage/beer deal is appealing, if a distant goal: "Only complaint is that the concession stands are too far away to make it there and back comfortably during intermission." The only other complaint? The length of Les Troyens: "It was much too long at 5 hours with two 30-minute intermission breaks."Read More
Spotlight on: James Westman
Stratford-based baritone James Westman is one of Canada's leading stars, performing roles like the Conte de Luna (Il trovatore), Macbeth (Macbeth), Germont (La traviata), and Horace Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe) on the stages of the Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Houston Grand Opera, English National Opera, Vancouver Opera, and many more. Busy schedule aside, James insists his work as a singer is easier than his growing up on a farm; he chats about advice for young singers, and the great roles still on his to-do list.Read More