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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
Guys, stop telling people to #breakquarantine because of a crowded plane

Guys, stop telling people to #breakquarantine because of a crowded plane

Opera people, hang in there. You're being troopers and innovators and generous people despite losing the thing you love and your ability to live comfortably. It's so awful, and my heart hurts for you guys. But when you're not being live opera singers, you're still being public figures who can set a good example and be good citizens.

Jenna Simeonov
Without the acoustic thrill, why are we still singing?

Without the acoustic thrill, why are we still singing?

But now, that last card has been revoked. Live isn't currently an option, which means neither is an acoustic sound experience. Opera companies are being generous (perhaps too generous?) with their online offerings, but none of it includes that singular experience of hearing an unamplified voice carrying over an unamplified orchestra.

Jenna Simeonov
"Sleep Chorus" & mask-making keep Minnesota Opera visible during pandemic

"Sleep Chorus" & mask-making keep Minnesota Opera visible during pandemic

The company launched the "Sleep Chorus" to promote a special fund raising drive to compensate artists on and off stage during the pandemic shutdown while the protective masks went to organizations without access to traditional health care resources including assisted-living homes, veterinarians, blood services, shelters, and more

John Hohmann
An opera librettist's quarantine film picks

An opera librettist's quarantine film picks

"Probably my favorite comedy. No matter how many times I see this movie, I can’t help but laugh my ass off. I will go anywhere for Melissa McCarthy."

Jenna Simeonov
A week in at-home opera: editor's picks

A week in at-home opera: editor's picks

Online opera is all the rage, guys. And I don't know about you, but my super serious problem right now is deciding what on earth to watch in my jammies with my big wine glass and maybe some of the cookies I made as bribery tokens while my son is potty training.

Jenna Simeonov

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