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.
Episode 10 | David Devan
Opera Philadelphia General Director David Devan speaks about his experiences in making change through acts of creative destruction, the role of honest examinations of race and casting, radical approaches to engaging new audiences.
Episode 9 | J’nai Bridges
J’nai Bridges discusses her personal experiences with racial stereotypes in casting, how her desire for social change impacts her career choices and the weight of that responsibility as an opera artist today.
Episode 8 | Ian Cusson
Canadian-Metis composer Ian Cusson speaks about the barriers that keep diversity out of new work creation and how his own culture fostered an undeniable passion to tell stories that compel him and his sense of responsibility to open the door for the next generation of IBPoC composers.
Episode 7 | Teiya Kasahara
Canadian operatic soprano, multi disciplinary artist and co-founder of Amplified Opera, Teiya Kasahara wants it all. In this interview Teiya speaks about creating opportunities that reflect heir whole selves in both the new work they create but also in traditional canon and explores the risks and rewards of straddling the worlds of opera and their […]
Episode 6 | Anne Midgette Part 2
Self-described voice junkie, Music Critic Anne Midgette shares insights into how the history of opera continues to feed ongoing racism, patriarchal systems, fat shaming, and the genius myth while still holding on to hope for the future of the opera field.
Episode 5 | Anne Midgette Part 1
Music Critic Anne Midgette shares her deeply personal passion for women in the classical music field through her knowledge of history, love of opera, and her painful experience in publicly breaking the #metoo stories that permeate the opera field.
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!
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.
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.