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We're famous! The Opera Party Monologue hits YouTube

We're famous! The Opera Party Monologue hits YouTube

Back in 2015, Jenna wrote "The Opera Party Monologue", inspired by one of those crazy opera parties that happen with patrons and donors after an opening night. And now, as part of Opera Queensland's ongoing video series, "An Aria A Day", actor Hugh Parker has realized our monologue and brought it to life.

Jenna Simeonov
The concessions we make for live opera: Tosca goes up at Northern Lights Music Festival

The concessions we make for live opera: Tosca goes up at Northern Lights Music Festival

With no performances scheduled in the United States scheduled for the next six months will there still be an audience? I think so, and I hope so. Cautious performances like those put on by Northern Lights are essential to keeping the spirit of opera alive in the United States. Let us hope for more innovation and live music making in the coming months.

Callie Cooper
A weekend pick reminiscent of the good old days: Grindr (and other concerns)

A weekend pick reminiscent of the good old days: Grindr (and other concerns)

The premiere viewing of Grindr (and other conce rns) will feature Act 1: An Annotated Sing Through, where you can catch "unforgettably naughty scenes and arias" from the opera's first act, along with some delightful commentary on topics like opera development and queer hook-up culture. It's a combination of live and pre-recorded material.

Jenna Simeonov
A fresh Sunday Matinee out of Florida Grand Opera

A fresh Sunday Matinee out of Florida Grand Opera

FGO's production from 2018 stars Ana María Martínez as Florencia, the Brazilian soprano journeying home via the Amazon river; amid the storms and cholera outbreaks, Florencia and her fellow passengers travel into a murkey combination of fantasy and reality.

Jenna Simeonov
Aria guides: Vecchia zimarra

Aria guides: Vecchia zimarra

This aria from the final act of La bohème is two pages of what's stunning about a great bass. Colline, the philosopher among his band of bohemians, is doing his part after Mimì shows up at his apartment, looking for his friend Rodolfo and dying of tuberculosis. He decides to pawn his coat to help pay for a doctor, and because he's a philosopher, the decision is a weighty one

Jenna Simeonov
Aria guides: Voi, che sapete

Aria guides: Voi, che sapete

"Voi che sapete" is about puberty, becoming girl-crazy, and involuntary bodily functions that are fun but also difficult to hide. It's one of those Mozart arias that seems simple, but demands a lot in the details. With your teacher and coach, this Aria Guide can help Cherubinos-to-be get started:

Jenna Simeonov
From trash to Valhalla: what's on deck this weekend

From trash to Valhalla: what's on deck this weekend

These concerts are designed to conform to CDC health guidelines, including pre-performance health screenings, partitions separating singers and accompanying musicians, and the wearing of masks where possible.

Jenna Simeonov
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
Watch a George Crumb music video & meet the artists: Chordless launches new project

Watch a George Crumb music video & meet the artists: Chordless launches new project

Chordless has created an intriguing piece of art with this Crumb video, and it'll be a neat experience to view it, and then have an immediate face-to-face (or screen-to-screen) with the folks who made it.

Jenna Simeonov
Opera Atelier's Together/Apart a direct line to their great artists

Opera Atelier's Together/Apart a direct line to their great artists

A total treat, though, was pianist Angela Hewitt's bit of Rameau. She was friendly and humble, and got right to the point with her camera angle, aimed at her energetic and nimble hands. Hewitt's contribution showed us how this whole thing can work well; it's solidified my hunch that finding the way to do this on-screen thing is uniquely difficult for opera singers.

Jenna Simeonov

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