Artist’s Picks: Cecilia Livingston

by | Jul 29, 2021 | Featured, Interviews

In a new series we’re running over here at Opera Canada, Artist’s Picks, we’re asking our favourite Canadian opera artists: what else are you into? In our call for artist-driven recommendations, Canadian composer Cecilia Livingston offers up her Artist’s Picks for film, television, books, & more:


The Black Stallion (Ballard, 1979). It’s a very strange film, with so much silence at its heart. Not really a ‘kids’ movie’ at all. I watch it very rarely – it’s almost painfully beautiful. I’m also on a Jane Austen film adaptations kick; I’m writing a Cambridge Companion chapter on adaptation and composition, and thinking a lot about creative decision-making in the adaptation process, particularly around structure.”

TV series?

Veep. Foul, vituperative, satirical, vicious, brilliant. Selina’s always having a worse day than me. Very reassuring. (Best not to discuss my love of Bravo! in this respectable publication!)”

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Canadian composer Cecilia Livingston. Photo by Daniel Denino.


“Jane Eyre. I reread it every few years.”


“Alas, I’m not a podcast person. When my ears aren’t working, they like quiet.”

Non-classical music?

“Radiohead, always.”

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Jenna Simeonov

Jenna is the editor and co-creator of Schmopera. She also writes for The Globe and Mail and Opera Canada. She’s a pianist and vocal coach, and working with singers is how she fell in love with opera.



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