Brent Calis is a Montréal-based baritone. Canadian born, with Turkish/Armenian roots, Brent Calis sings opera in the winters and takes pictures in the summers.
Banff Diaries: a postlude
Opening night brought audiences into a seedy bar, with intimidating bouncers, walls covered in sex toys and a floor littered with latex. Novelty aside, the team delivered in quality with two...arousing?...performances.Read More
Music as Theatre: a chamber concert in Banff
This week at The Banff Centre, the artists of Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century collaborated with the Master Class for Strings and Winds Program for an evening of chamber music at the Rolston Recital Hall. It sounds like your average chamber concert, but I promise you, it wasn't.Read More
Così fan tutte: misogynist, or just unreasonable?
The other day I was fortunate to hear Graham Forst speak about Così fan tutte. If Graham's last name sounds familiar, it's because his wife is the formidable mezzo-soprano Judith Forst; they're both gracing The Banff Centre with their presences, she to teach, and he to get our minds a-spinning.Read More
What's my line?
I asked the casts of A Little Too Cozy and Crush to send me their favourite lines from their respective librettos. Read on, and get curious about these shows. Bonus points if you can identify which bits are Ivany, and which are Chatterton.Read More
Opera Karaoke Night, Round 2
Another Friday night, another Opera Karaoke night at the Royal Canadian Legion in Banff. The singers and pianists of Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century ventured down the mountain for some great music and good beer. This time, we were heavy on the duets (think La bohème and The Phantom of the Opera), and the Legion patrons even got a sneak peek of Against the Grain Theatre's upcoming A Little Too Cozy. Of course, our favourite #operababy, Sammy, joined us too.Read More
A quick hike in Banff, or testing opera singers' lungs
Week 1 of Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century at the Banff Centre has finished. The opera team took advantage of a day away from the rehearsal room, taking a morning hike up Tunnel Mountain. Special thanks goes to Bruno Roy, for wearing a camera the whole time!Watch Video
Opera Karaoke Night, 2015
The singers of The Banff Centre's Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century ventured down to the Royal Canadian Legion for this summer's first instalment of Opera Karaoke Night. We rolled an upright piano into the spotlight, and spent a happy evening singing hits like "Largo al factotum" and "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß," mixed in with songs from Carousel, The Last Five Years, and even some Freddie Mercury.Read More
AtG in Banff, 2015
This summer at the beautiful Banff Centre, Against the Grain Theatre and the Canadian Opera Company collaborate for the second consecutive year, with Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century. This year, they'll put up two shows, one of which is A Little Too Cozy. The third in his transladaptations of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas (Figaro's Wedding, #UncleJohn), AtG Artistic Director Joel Ivany writes an original libretto to Mozart's Così fan tutte.Read More
Meet the cast of A Little Too Cozy: Guglielmo
Baritone Brent Calis is based in Montréal, and is excited to head to the Banff Centre this summer to make his Against the Grain Theatre debut as Guglielmo in A Little Too Cozy (libretto by Joel Ivany, music by Mozart).Watch Video