ON THE RADAR | Why We're Excited About Continuum's Time Travels Light This Week
Drawing from the kitchen sink: Morse code, the sounds of insects and animals, a youthful impression of California past, and visceral loneliness in the stark landscape of Iceland. How did we get here? Continuum's Ryan Scott walks us through it.
FITS & BURSTS | What Does WebMD Say About Opera Characters?
WebMD diagnoses some of our favourite opera character's medical symptoms.
SCHMOPERA | Opera After Technology
If you have the Internet in your pocket, what's left to sing about?
SCHMOPERA | Opera for Kids
It’s true that enough slapstick comedy will get laughs from kids, even without much artistry behind it. But children are an honest litmus test for something like opera. They react in a big way, using their voices and bodies to tell the performers just how they feel about what’s happening onstage. Conversely, it’s really noticeable when there’s no reaction at all. If a performer mumbles his words, a joke falls flat and crickets are heard. If there’s no eye contact, no connection between singers and the kids, it’s pretty easy to lose their attention and never get it back. Stage director Ashlie Corcoran has her fair share of experience in directing children’s opera: “When I am directing an opera for children, my number one priority is that they have an artistic and cultural experience. By that, I mean that sometimes live performance directed at children is used as a vehicle to explore an issue, or a moral or a lesson. Personally, my priority is that the young audience walks away from their experience jazzed by what they saw – curious about the music, about staging and design, and inspired by live storytelling. Basically – wanting to see more opera, or theatre, or dance.”
CANADA MOSAIC | Nicole Lizée: Machines Behaving Badly
Composer Nicole Lizée: “The goal is to create portals into other dimensions.”
PRIMER | Everything You Need To Know About Tapestry Opera's Persian Classical Music Hip-Hop Opera
Although the concept of a Hip-Hop Opera is not new, Tapestry Opera’s Forbidden may have the inspiration to make this one work.
EDITORIAL | Why There Are No Women In the TSO New Creations Festival This Year
It's time to talk about why there are no women in the TSO New Creations Festival this year. (In honour of International Women's Day).
THE MORNING AFTER | Vancouver Opera's Stickboy: Does an opera have to be great, to be great for opera?
Seven seasons of Opéra de Montreal have trained me to read a season brochure cynically and only with chemical support. I must find satisfaction in the absence of disaster rather than the chance of a triumph. Objectively, of course, this is awful; I love opera but have to travel for interesting productions. But I am much calmer now.
FEATURE | Richard Kogan: “Resilience is a Skill, You Can Practice It"
Merger of master pianist and master psychiatrist makes Richard Kogan a powerful role model.
FEATURE | Sarah Slean By Candlelight
Inside Sarah Slean’s Riverdale home, candlelight, hors d’oeuvres, rosé and rustic flower arrangements set the scene for the launch of Slean’s first album in five years, Metaphysics.