20 episodes

As the world reckons with racism and sexism, opera luminaries including director Peter Sellars, bass-baritone Davóne Tines and conductor/soprano Barbara Hannigan dig into what’s changing — and what needs to change — in opera, and why now is the time for evolution and disruption in the centuries-old art form.

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    • 4.7 • 19 Ratings

As the world reckons with racism and sexism, opera luminaries including director Peter Sellars, bass-baritone Davóne Tines and conductor/soprano Barbara Hannigan dig into what’s changing — and what needs to change — in opera, and why now is the time for evolution and disruption in the centuries-old art form.

    Season 2 Episode 6 | Asitha Tennekoon

    Season 2 Episode 6 | Asitha Tennekoon

    This week we sit down with Asitha Tennekoon, tenor and co-founder of Amplified Opera, an indie opera company based in Toronto. Asitha discuss tropes and concerns with people of colour in the world of opera, as well as what drives him and brings him joy.

    • 51 min
    Season 2 Episode 5 | Fleur Baron

    Season 2 Episode 5 | Fleur Baron

    We join Fleur Baron, mezzo soprano and curator of recital programs, exploring music from contemporary and baroque. We explore just how intricate and personal her curation work is, how it uplifts personal stories such as amplifying the voices of Asian creators and other diverse communities.  Music in this Episode: Tungu Tungu by Teodoro Varcarcel Doundou […]

    • 57 min
    Season 2 Episode 4 | Patrick Hansen

    Season 2 Episode 4 | Patrick Hansen

    Join Patrick Hansen, Director of Opera Studies & Opera McGill Artistic Director, as he discusses dismantling barriers for young musicians, hopes for the future of opera, and an encounter with the legendary Liberace!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Season 2 Episode 3 | Davóne Tines

    Season 2 Episode 3 | Davóne Tines

    American bass-baritone Davóne Tines returns to examine the triumphs and challenges of self-expression and self producing; changing what it means to be a classical singer.

    • 55 min
    Season 2 Bonus Content | Joshua Hopkins on Margaret Atwood

    Season 2 Bonus Content | Joshua Hopkins on Margaret Atwood

    Please enjoy a bonus clip of baritone Joshua Hopkins as he discusses working with Canadian literary icon Margaret Atwood. 

    • 9 min
    Season 2 Episode 2 | Joshua Hopkins

    Season 2 Episode 2 | Joshua Hopkins

    Content warning: This episode discusses gender based violence and the murder of a family member.

    We join baritone Joshua Hopkins as he guides us through his project, Songs for Murdered Sisters, a collaboration with Jake Heggie and Margaret Atwood. Songs For Murdered Sisters not only allowed Joshua to heal from the shock and numbness of such a tragedy, but also allowed him to transform his grief into a peaceful and hopeful experience.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Opera Forever ,

Opera Reimagined!

I love this series! It is interesting and edgy- just what opera needs these days. It is long past time that "traditional" opera reimagines itself or it will continue to lose its relevance as an art form. For example, why do we still see Carmen portrayed as a love story when it's really about intimate partner murder? Carmen reimagined could be a powerful and current examination of this aspect of today's society. So, Rebecca and guests, keep asking the difficult and challenging questions about an art form that I want to see flourish!

aebp ,

Exactly the discourse opera needs!!

This is my new favourite podcast. As a young opera singer myself, I'm so excited to hear these thoughts and conversations about what needs to change in our industry from incredible people who are already working hard on the shift! Rebecca is an incredible host - amazing questions, presence, and curiosity.

Jeffrey Ryan, Composer ,

Top-notch

I've listened to the first two instalments. #1 got the series off to a fantastic start. Both host Rebecca Hass and guest Davóne Tines spoke eloquently, thoughtfully, and engagingly, and managed to dig well below the surface—a perfectly shaped conversation in the perfect length of a podcast. #2 with guest Barbara Hannigan equally met that high bar, while exploring a completely different theme and direction. Rebecca deftly puts her questions into a context for us and then lets her guests tell their stories and take us where they will. Looking forward to the next instalments. Beautifully produced and thought-provoking, kudos to all involved.

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