Interviews

AtG & UofT's Summer Modern Intensive: "They are eager. Period."

AtG & UofT's Summer Modern Intensive: "They are eager. Period."

"The singers all study or have studied music and want to immerse themselves in the process and see how far they can stretch themselves. It can be daunting, but they are up for the challenge."

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with singers: Mario Bahg

Talking with singers: Mario Bahg

"The greatest purpose is to be evaluated. Every major competition brings famous vocalists or professionals involved in music to the jury."

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with singers: Rihab Chaieb

Talking with singers: Rihab Chaieb

"I've started listening back to my metal band that I was in during high school. That's the whole reason I started signing, is to be in a metal band. I had this nostalgia of going back and starting a band again. It's something in the back of my mind as a mid-30s project: create a metal band and tour the world after being an opera singer!"

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with composers: Jonathan Dove

Talking with composers: Jonathan Dove

"I don't try to write anything down until it's already quite a long way to being finished in my mind. Before that, I just keep playing (piano or keyboard) until I have an idea that seems to have a future, and then follow where it leads."

Jenna Simeonov
Bon Appetit indeed: don't miss Muse 9's delicious, musical menu

Bon Appetit indeed: don't miss Muse 9's delicious, musical menu

"Julia Child was a woman of vision and passion, who carved her way through male dominated industry with grace and sense of humour. Even living in this modern day society, we as women are often faced with challenges and roadblocks that differ from men."

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with singers: Jennifer Zetlan

Talking with singers: Jennifer Zetlan

"I love to tell stories and I love great music, and I can't imagine a better blend of the two! That I get to do it for a living constantly astonishes me, no exaggeration."

Jenna Simeonov
Don't miss: Macbeth in Vancouver

Don't miss: Macbeth in Vancouver

"Treachery, swordfights, murders, wild women in the woods telling the future…what isn't to love? And the way Verdi tells the tale musically, he really makes my job easy – I just have to listen to what the music is asking of us."

Jenna Simeonov
Thomas Guthrie on puppetry and opera: "It's really magical."

Thomas Guthrie on puppetry and opera: "It's really magical."

"The biggest thing is believing yourself that the character is real, is alive. Then it draws on your own experiences, your own emotions, in order to communicate."

Jenna Simeonov
Stonewall: "Uplifting and eerily timely."

Stonewall: "Uplifting and eerily timely."

"I hope audiences will walk away inspired, with renewed strength to fight back against the oppression of marginalized communities."

Jenna Simeonov
Alek Shrader on directing Dido: "Ideas assail me."

Alek Shrader on directing Dido: "Ideas assail me."

"Tina Fey said 'If you want to be a screenwriter, take an acting class to get a sense of what you’re asking actors to do.' It's another perfect quote from one of my writing idols, and my performance experience definitely informs hypothetical staging."

Jenna Simeonov

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