Opera from another angle

March 28, 2015 0

Ma su Facebook, son già mille e tre!


We hit a milestone this weekend: Schmopera cleared 1000 likes on Facebook! So thank you, readers and Facebook users, for giving us your thumbs up, be it virtual or literal. There are even more reasons to like Schmopera coming up in the next few weeks. We’re redesigning the whole site to make it easier to…

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March 28, 2015 0

Less Really is More

Photo: Flickr.

Yesterday I was listening to a journalist speak about her work. A journalist is meant to tell a story, and although it’s impossible for any writer to be entirely unbiased, too much emotional involvement doesn’t really help to get the job done. She learned quickly, she said, that she’s much better at telling these true…

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March 27, 2015 0

The Case for Nomadic Opera

UncleJohn Audience

The opera scene in Canada can be divided into two broad groups: those with real estate, and those without. Companies like the Canadian Opera Company own the Four Seasons Centre, which they use for their whole season. Other companies, like Opera 5, move between various venues for their shows. There is indeed a blurry line between…

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March 26, 2015 0

Talking Louise with Leslie Ann Bradley


Canadian soprano Leslie Ann Bradley is currently in Toronto  to sing the title role in Charpentier’s Louise, for VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert’s upcoming performance on March 29th. Leslie Ann had some great things to say about the opera, singing the role of Louise, and what kind of story it tells about women at the turn of the…

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March 25, 2015 0

Michelle Telford, Creating Custom Surtitles for Opera Today

Seeing is for suckers, and sleep is for the weak.

*This is a guest post by Michelle Telford, custom surtitlist with Saskatoon Opera. “Seeing is for suckers, and sleep is for the weak.” – Michelle. In the English-speaking world of non-English language opera, a surtitlist’s work is vital – some wouldn’t agree, but every day a surtitlist has to wake up and ignore the haters….

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March 24, 2015 4

Chatting with Canada’s Opera Biggies

A scene from the Metropolitan Opera's production of Rigoletto, directed by Michael Mayer.

Photo: A scene from the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Rigoletto, directed by Michael Mayer. Exciting news, everyone! Late next week, I’ll be sitting down to chat with a panel of folks who certainly know their opera. The topic? Regietheater productions, the role of the opera director, and how their innovative (and often wacky) ideas can propel opera forward….

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March 24, 2015 0

Does a Good Artistic Director Read Music?


Paris Opera Artistic Director Stéphane Lissner. Photo: G Korganow. I came across an article on Sinfini Music by tenor and blogger Chistopher Gillett, titled “Opera bosses – how musical should they be?” The article came out of a recent television appearance by Stéphane Lissner, artistic director of the Paris Opera. During his interview, Lissner was given a pop quiz;…

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March 23, 2015 0

A Sneak Peek at the Barber of Seville

Barber Costumes

The Canadian Opera Company’s 2014/15 season continues with Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, opening April 17th. The production is by Catalan theatre troupe Els Comediants, who brought their La Cenerentola to the Four Seasons Centre in 2011. Rehearsals for Barber started a few days ago, and I had the chance to sit in on the concept discussion, led by…

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March 21, 2015 0

In review: Tap:Ex Tables Turned, or Go See This Show


Composer and turntablist Nicole Lizée. Photo: Steve Raegele. Well, Tapestry Opera did it again. I go and see one of their shows, I come away wanting to tell everyone how they should run to the Distillery District to see it, and I’m stuck to find the words to explain why. Last night was the first of two…

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March 20, 2015 0

The Introvert’s Opera


Opera has this air about it that screams, “I am grand! I am big and loud! I am epic and serious!” Even comic opera has a dignified energy about it, and the singers onstage have no choice but to command the audience’s attention. A similar idea exists about the people who make opera, like the…

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