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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But now, that last card has been revoked.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
We made a podcast!

We made a podcast!

As the title suggests, this podcast is about finding bits of hope even when all your gigs are cancelled because there's a global pandemic. Schmopera editor Jenna Simeonov checks in with artists as they deal in their own ways with the loss of income, loss of motivation, and even the loss of identity.

Jenna Simeonov
6 out-of-the-box gigs for singers to consider

6 out-of-the-box gigs for singers to consider

The most important thing to remember is being active on all social media platforms - it is super important right now to have an online presence so that people can see and respond to you. It’s also the easiest, fastest and a free way to advertise for any gigs!

Donna Maurer
Angel's Bone: I finally saw it and I'm never going to be the same

Angel's Bone: I finally saw it and I'm never going to be the same

Honestly, in that scene where Mr. X.E. takes a cleaver to the angels' wings, I think I had an "aha" moment. I thought I'd experienced that thing where the story is excellent and the music makes it even more excellent, but this moment was something else entirely.

Jenna Simeonov
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
Orlando: gender bending and the sound of androgyny in Vienna

Orlando: gender bending and the sound of androgyny in Vienna

Instead, composer Olga Neuwirth chose Woolf’s Orlando, her often funny faux-autobiography about a young nobleman in the court of Elizabeth I who awakens one morning as a woman and proceeds to roam about time and space for the next 300 years.

John Hohmann

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