Op-Eds

"I used to sing"

"I used to sing"

In a pandemic-ridden world, this is my call for kindness, patience, and compassion. It all begins with schmoozing.

Mark Wilkinson
The Emphatically Present “West Side Story”

The Emphatically Present “West Side Story”

Through the years the original Broadway cast recording, abridged as it is to fit the time limitations of a single “long-playing” vinyl disk, has remained the pinnacle of its major recordings. The soundtrack of the hugely successful film recruited legions of fans plus a few detractors, Bernstein among them, who found it overblown.

John Hohmann
An open letter to the Canadian Opera Company

An open letter to the Canadian Opera Company

This silence is the loudest thing you've ever produced. It is absolutely deafening. It has left an entire generation of Canadian artists in confusion and tears. Culture is ultimately a set of actions, not beliefs. Your silence therefore is an act representative of your culture.

Anonymous
Digital opera, growing pains, & critic's picks

Digital opera, growing pains, & critic's picks

It's the kind of thing I imagined would happen within the performing arts - yes, even opera. True, the opera world isn't known for making sudden movements, but there are certainly minds in the industry who are staunchly forward-thinking; those people are experiencing some serious inspiration right now.

Jenna Simeonov
What the Met's At-Home Gala teaches us about evolution

What the Met's At-Home Gala teaches us about evolution

And speaking of the participating artists - I wonder very loudly how they felt about doing this for no fee, particularly those who found out about their cancelled Met contracts through social media posts. It's quite something for Peter Gelb to not call his contracted artists when COVID-19 shut everything down, and then ask them to come help "Save The Met" with a free performance at home. Yikes.

Jenna Simeonov
Isolation blogging: it's &@%#ed out there

Isolation blogging: it's &@%#ed out there

I guess the most humbling thing about this is realizing how utterly in love I am with something that the rest of the world just might deem unessential. Like, in the big-scheme, unessential; the line-up for government aid is already enormous, and priorities have already become clear. The performing arts are certainly a staple of human society...but opera?

Jenna Simeonov
The global pandemic strikes The Metropolitan Opera

The global pandemic strikes The Metropolitan Opera

How sad that in announcing the Met’s 2020-21 season and the addition of the first European tour by the Met Orchestra in 20 years, it has taken this course. 26 opera companies in North America have waived Force Majeure and many have adopted plans to pay their soloists at least 50% of their fees.

John Hohmann
You have rights to your working hours: An open letter to singers

You have rights to your working hours: An open letter to singers

Perhaps the question to ask is, why do so many young singers put up with it? I would urge my colleagues to put aside the undying loyalty to the artistic dream for a moment and speak up against unfair working conditions of any kind.

Kay Cartwright
5 items to make touring life more fun

5 items to make touring life more fun

We were away for six weeks in the fall and four in the spring, touring our opera in remote parts of Québec and Ontario. It may not have been France, but I have had some of the best moments in my professional life.

Charlotte Gagnon
Open secrets, big egos, & opera creeps

Open secrets, big egos, & opera creeps

I'm just done with it. It's exhausting and gross. I've learned (unfortunately) that on the Venn diagram of people who are pro-opera and people who are creeps, there's serious overlap.

Jenna Simeonov

Unlike other sites, we're keeping Schmopera ad-free. We want to keep our site clean and our opinions our own. Support us for as little as $1.00 per month.