Canadian soprano Kirsten MacKinnon is in her hometown of Montreal making her company debut with Opéra de Montréal kicking off their 2023/24 season with Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, which runs until Oct 1. She takes us to beautiful, colourful Montreal this week to explore mural-filled city streets, cafes with snuggly rescue kittens, and so much more.
Canadian-German soprano Anna-Sophie Neher is in Toronto, preparing to return to the Canadian Opera Company’s stage as Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio which opens this Friday, running Sept 29 to Oct 20. This week, we sat down with her to discuss her life and career, singers that keep her inspired, roles she’d like to be singing, and what it’s like to juggle family with a career in opera.
French-Canadian baritone Hugo Laporte is in Montreal, preparing to reprise the role of Conte d’Almaviva in Opéra de Montréal‘s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, opening Sept 23. We caught up with him to reflect on early career beginnings, favourite composers, how he defines success and all things opera life. To Laporte, success is about “cultivating inner peace… and even better, sharing happiness with others!”
Canadian soprano Jacqueline Woodley is in rehearsals in Vancouver preparing to sing one of Handel’s most ambitious cantatas, Apollo e Dafne with Early Music Vancouver. We sat down with Woodley to chat all things opera – from early career inspirations to what it means to be brave in music, and how she defines success.
Canadian-Armenian bass-baritone Vartan Gabrielian is in San Jose, CA rehearsing for Opera San Jose‘s production of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet and making his role and house debut as Friar Laurent. This week, he takes us to San Jose, CA and shares his favourite spots with us – from sunny coffeeshops to iconic flea markets, and everything in between.
Spring 2023 Print Issue Project Report: Women in Musical Leadership — Redefining leadership in classical music
Wayne Gooding provides an overview of the existing gender inequalities on the podium, and shines a spotlight on Tapestry Opera’s Women in Musical Leadership program – a three-year conducting program designed to nurture the next generation of women and non-binary conductors. This text was originally published in the Spring 2023 print version of Opera Canada magazine.
Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Bowman sits down with Timothy Myers, Artistic Advisor at Austin Opera, to talk innovation in opera: how to craft a sustainable future for the arts, the big questions we should be asking, and placing power in the hands of the artists. This text was originally published in the Spring 2023 print version of Opera Canada magazine.
Lucia Cesaroni sits down with Deborah Lau-Yu, founder and principal at PALETTERA Inc., an award-winning design studio that specializes in storytelling and branding. They reflect on the arts, design and entrepreneurship — how we can best bridge these worlds, make room for more diverse voices, and do better.
Jenna Simeonov shines the spotlight on Canadian composer Cecilia Livingston’s melody-driven, genre-mixing musical world and her creative process. This text was originally published in the Spring 2023 print version of Opera Canada magazine.
Denise Wendel-Poray travels to La Scala in Milan where it’s all about opera, power, and politics. This text was originally published in the Spring 2023 print version of Opera Canada magazine.