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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
A case for relatable Handel: ABOC's Rinaldo

A case for relatable Handel: ABOC's Rinaldo

I felt like I was actually in a garden surrounded by drooping blossoms, or actually at the opening of a cavernous hole. Throughout I got the sense that this was a production that put a great deal of effort into engaging the senses all at once and imparting an aura of wonderment.

Andrew Schneider
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
Marian's Song: a poignant, hopeful message

Marian's Song: a poignant, hopeful message

Some variant of this sentence appears in many a history textbook at some point, but only rarely can it hope to make the sheer impact that Marian's Song did in Houston Grand Opera's world premiere performance.

Andrew Schneider
Talking with singers: Helen Charlston

Talking with singers: Helen Charlston

"'Good singing' is getting the very best out of your voice; a partnership between a solid technique and a need to let your voice be heard. We all only have our own sound, and there is nothing more thrilling than listening to singers who let their voice flood out direct to our hearts."

Jenna Simeonov
Magic everywhere in SDO's Aging Magician

Magic everywhere in SDO's Aging Magician

"After years of creating work after work, it becomes your life," he says about why he is an artist. "Initially, I was drawn to things just because I was fascinated by ideas. The traditional world was not where I belonged. I knew I wanted to be in the arts and I had an impulse to perform."

Eva Cahen
An enduring Beethoven's Ninth with the Vancouver Academy of Music

An enduring Beethoven's Ninth with the Vancouver Academy of Music

Under the assured baton of conductor emeritus Leslie Dala, the program brought together the young professional-level orchestra with the veteran vocals of amateur Vancouver Bach Choir, along with four professional soloists, and featured a delightful performance of Concerto No. 4 by Ian Parker at the keys

Sam Darling
Agrippina and the elephants in the room

Agrippina and the elephants in the room

This production doesn’t need that dumpster fire when it can rummage through an abundance of its own trash. Quite simply the elephant is an acknowledgment that bad behavior by people in power is timeless.

John Hohmann
Solid & simple Così fan tutte from English Touring Opera

Solid & simple Così fan tutte from English Touring Opera

This performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte marks the start of English Touring Opera’s spring tour which will also feature Handel’s Giulio Cesare as well as Bach’s St. John Passion in an impressive eighteen cities across the country. ETO’s extensive tours are the direct result of their clear mandate which is to bring accessible opera to cities and theatres across England where it would otherwise not be performed.

Alessia Naccarato
How to Fail as a Popstar: a cautionary tale

How to Fail as a Popstar: a cautionary tale

Amid performing arts circles, regardless of genre, it's almost too raw for someone who hasn't "made it" to discuss why they "failed". It's easy for us to digest wistful stories of bad producers or embarrassing live shows when they come from the super-famous, like the humbling anecdotes offered to fans by the Taylor Swifts and Lady Gagas of the world.

Jenna Simeonov

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