Editorials

Check out: the Irish Art Song Project

Check out: the Irish Art Song Project

“Even though I was brought up speaking Irish Gaelic, it didn't occur to me to commission composers to write on Irish Gaelic texts,” says Ní Mheadhra. “Colonization does weird things to a country.”

Jenna Simeonov
#TheStories, for better or for worse

#TheStories, for better or for worse

You likely noticed that most of the stories are anonymous - but that doesn't mean I never got a name. It's a weird mix of feeling entrusted with delicate information, and feeling laden with a secret that's not mine to tell.

Jenna Simeonov
#TheStories, part 15

#TheStories, part 15

"I drifted off, and at some point, I saw a dark figure come into the room, with two more full glasses of wine... and the next thing I knew I was fully naked, and I didn’t know where I was. I eventually just went along and didn't fight it, I was completely incapacitated and drunk, mostly asleep and hours away from home with no available help."

Jenna Simeonov
#TheStories, part 14

#TheStories, part 14

"I haven't told people about this, and those I have, I have been very cryptic about names. This is because this man's wife is very prominent in my business, and although a part of me would love to go up to her and tell her exactly what kind of a man her husband is, I am too scared that she would not believe me, and would do her best to make sure I never work again."

Jenna Simeonov
#TheStories, part 13

#TheStories, part 13

"It seems to be quite a non-standardized industry, so many people think they can dictate how 'the industry' is run, and they can tell that to young, inexperienced, bright-eyed bushy-tailed students, and do whatever they want."

Jenna Simeonov
#TheStories, part 12

#TheStories, part 12

At one point, I tried to express how uncomfortable I was, my teacher told me that I was an adult and I could have left at any time. I was 20. On my way back home, my teacher's husband told me that they had decided to increase John's paycheque for all of the extra work he had put in.

Jenna Simeonov
#TheStories, part 11

#TheStories, part 11

"Each rejection only affirmed this belief; if I really had talent, someone would want me. On the other hand, each time I did manage to be cast, I was afraid it had been a mistake, and wondered if there was some other sort of agenda. To this day I find it difficult to trust mentors."

Jenna Simeonov
#TheStories, part 10

#TheStories, part 10

"Several years ago I was cast in a production opposite a tenor I had briefly dated. After the breakup he had harassed me and my friends, so I was dreading seeing him, but figured that as he was cast as Basilio, we wouldn't have too many scenes together."

Jenna Simeonov
#TheStories, part 9

#TheStories, part 9

"It is my sincere hope that men in the opera industry and in general will read stories like this and gain a deeper understanding of what real consent looks like."

Jenna Simeonov
A tale of two cities: 6 fall items to catch in Boston & Toronto

A tale of two cities: 6 fall items to catch in Boston & Toronto

Two cities, and plenty to catch this fall. As you're marking your calendars, we've got a short list of must-see items - from bel canto to world premieres - based out of Boston and Toronto.

Jenna Simeonov

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