Stu&Jess are conductor Stuart Martin and director Jessica Derventzis. A bowl of cereal brought them together, and has kept them friends and partners since.
Women in the arts: is it our turn, yet?
And what if they remain ignored? What if women never make up 50% of our conductor, choreographers, and General Directors? Does that mean that our artistic experiences have been, and will always be, limited? Are we missing out on masterpieces without more women calling the artistic shots? Are there certain avenues of the arts that women are simply less interested in pursuing, like technical direction or stage direction?Read More
New works: The Imaginings
"I've been wanting to write an opera ever since I watched Amadeus. There has always been lingering ideas in my mind for a libretto. Using the paintings as characters came initially from Stu & Jess productions commissioning me to adapt several poems into a song cycle based on classic paintings (Mona Lisa, Napoleon etc.); the initial poems had a humorous tone and sparked an idea."Read More
Back to school opera: a practical glossary
The summer winds down, and school and other seasonal activities (like opera!) are soon back in session. In anticipation of a brand new season of opera-going, I figured a practical crash-course was in order.Read More
Stu&Jess Productions, on L'heure espagnole
Stu&Jess Productions are gearing up to present Ravel's delightfully bizarre L'heure espagnole on May 7, 8 & 9th at the Techno-Lith paper company in Montréal. I asked a few questions of conductor Stuart Martin and director Jessica Derventzis, about Ravel's really neat opera, and setting it in a paper warehouse. "It's a magical chamber of sound."Read More