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Inside Vancouver Opera is a unique backstage glimpse into the world of Vancouver Opera. Join us as we chat with opera experts, artists, Vancouver Opera staff and others to explore the world of opera on and off the stage. This podcast offers an insider’s glimpse into the artistry, experiences, and perspectives of the talent involved in taking breathtaking opera productions from the page to the stage. Find out more at VancouverOpera.ca

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Inside Vancouver Opera is a unique backstage glimpse into the world of Vancouver Opera. Join us as we chat with opera experts, artists, Vancouver Opera staff and others to explore the world of opera on and off the stage. This podcast offers an insider’s glimpse into the artistry, experiences, and perspectives of the talent involved in taking breathtaking opera productions from the page to the stage. Find out more at VancouverOpera.ca

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English

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Episodes

Gaetano Donizetti: King of the Bel Canto Age

2/4/2024
A profile on of one of the kings of the bel canto age, Gaetano Donizetti, the composer of Don Pasquale, on stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre February 10th to 18th. Get your tickets and more information at VancouverOpera.ca. Full Article Credits: Jane Potter - Writer and Narrator Ashley Daniel Foot - Voice of Gaetano Donizetti Richard Wolfe - Voice of Felix Mendelssohn Tom Wright - Voice of Giuseppe Verdi Mack McGillivray - Audio Producer, Voice of Hector Berlioz

Duration:00:15:14

Gaetano Donizetti: King of the Bel Canto Age

2/4/2024
A profile on of one of the kings of the bel canto age, Gaetano Donizetti, the composer of Don Pasquale, on stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre February 10th to 18th. Get your tickets and more information at VancouverOpera.ca. Credits: Jane Potter - Writer and Narrator Ashley Daniel Foot - Voice of Gaetano Donizetti Richard Wolfe - Voice of Felix Mendelssohn Tom Wright - Voice of Giuseppe Verdi Mack McGillivray - Audio Producer, Voice of Hector Berlioz

Duration:00:15:14

Air is Everything: Baritone Gregory Dahl on Lessons from Opera's Biggest Roles

1/29/2024
Today, we're talking with baritone extraordinaire, Gregory Dahl. Audiences from Vancouver will remember him last season as the lead role in The Flying Dutchman. And he's back in Vancouver for as the titular role in Don Pasquale, from February 10th to 18th at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Tickets are available at VancouverOpera.ca Full Story Gregory Dahl - Guest, Baritone Ashley Daniel Foot - Host Mack McGillivray - Producer

Duration:00:15:15

Air is Everything: Baritone Gregory Dahl on Lessons from Opera's Biggest Roles

1/29/2024
Today, we're talking with baritone extraordinaire, Gregory Dahl. Audiences from Vancouver will remember him last season as the lead role in The Flying Dutchman. And he's back in Vancouver for as the titular role in Don Pasquale, from February 10th to 18th at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Tickets are available at VancouverOpera.ca Full Story Gregory Dahl - Guest, Baritone Ashley Daniel Foot - Host Mack McGillivray - Producer

Duration:00:15:15

A 'Don Pasquale' set in Fellini's Rome with dozens of Green Cats

1/22/2024
Operatic creative partners André Barbe and Renaud Doucet discuss the timeless appeal of Don Pasquale with guest host Luka Kawabata. Don Pasquale runs from February 10th to 18th at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Tickets available at VancouverOpera.ca. Full Story Credits André Barbe - Guest, Costume & Set Designer Renaud Doucet - Guest, Stage Director and Choreographer Luka Kawabata - Host Mack McGillivray - Audio Producer

Duration:00:16:06

Ignite something new: Vancouver Opera launches OperaSparks Artist Development Workshop this summer

12/12/2023
Today, we are looking ahead to OperaSparks Artist Development Workshop. This is a new initiative from Vancouver Opera that really allows young and pre-professional artists to dig into their practice. In our latest podcast, Ashley spoke with Robyn Driedger-Klassen and Tina Chang about this exciting new opportunity. If you are interested, application information is available here. Full Transcript Credits:

Duration:00:12:12

The Echo of Silence: Finding Voice with Carole Côté

12/1/2023
A few weeks after starting at my job at Vancouver Opera, I had the honour of meeting the amazing Carole Côté over the phone - singing her heart out. Carole graciously agreed to visit us at the VO and shared songs and stories. I think you’ll agree that she is truly one-of-a-kind. Carole Côté will be performing on December 7th at The Kettle Choir’s Holiday Concert, with guests Highs & Lows Choir. The performance runs from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at The Kettle’s Recovery Cafe, 620 Clarke Drive, Vancouver. Full Transcript Credits:

Duration:00:31:04

Tracey Talks Tickets

11/23/2023
Vancouver Opera's Database and Ticket Centre Manager Tracey Flattes shares her unique brand of hard-earned wisdom, humour, and stories from the trenches of the ticketing world. We're celebrating Black Friday with our best ticket offer of the season: Save 50% Off Duet Subscriptions! You'll enjoy the rest of our blockbuster 2023-2024 season: our wild, pop-art, technicolour production of Donizetti's comedic romp, Don Pasquale and Bizet's timeless classic Carmen. Full Transcript Credits:

Duration:00:07:39

The One About the Opera at the Planetarium

11/10/2023
Composer Tawnie Olson and conductor Arianne Abela discuss Sanctuary & Storm and the state of women in opera. Transcript Sanctuary & Storm, our new collaboration with re:Naissance Opera, runs from November 17th to 19th at the H.R MacMillan Space Centre. Head to VancouverOpera.ca to grab your tickets. Credits

Duration:00:13:12

A Musician that Leads: Jacques Lacombe on Unlocking the Power of Creativity and Collaboration

11/2/2023
Join us for a conversation with Vancouver Opera’s new Music Director, Maestro Jacques Lacombe, in which he shares his passion for conducting, right from a young age discovering the organ. Vancouver Opera presents Don Pasquale - February 10th - 18th, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. For tickets and more information visit VancouverOpera.ca Transcript Credits:

Duration:00:15:53

Mozart: 15 Things You Didn't Know

10/18/2023
Mozart. The very name reminds us of soaring arias, evocative melodies, and musical mastery. In this episode we explore 15 things you may not have known about the ingenious composer. Vancouver Opera presents The Magic Flute - October 21st to 29th, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. For tickets and more information visit VancouverOpera.ca Jane Potter - Writer and Narrator David Bloom - Voice of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven Ashley Daniel Foot - Voice of Antonio Salieri Mack McGillivray - Audio Producer

Duration:00:11:32

Mozart: The Freemason Influence

10/16/2023
Mozart. The very name reminds us of soaring arias, evocative melodies, and musical mastery. In this episode we explore Mozart's life and the Freemason influence. Vancouver Opera presents The Magic Flute - October 21st to 29th, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. For tickets and more information visit VancouverOpera.ca Credits: Jane Potter - Writer and Narrator David Bloom - Voice of Goethe, Leopold Mozart, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Ashley Daniel Foot - Voice of Voltaire Kent Wilson - Voice of George Washington Mack McGillivray - Audio Producer

Duration:00:14:48

Making the Magic

10/15/2023
Vancouver Opera presents The Magic Flute - October 21st to 29th, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Stephen Elgar, Vancouver Opera’s Head of Properties, opens the workshop to share how he brings magic to the mundane, creating objects fit for the stage. Stephen discusses his career from restoring furniture to preparing “pony-trikes” and a “three-headed dragon” for The Magic Flute. For tickets and more information visit VancouverOpera.ca Credits Host - Ashley Daniel Foot Guest - Stephen Elgar Editor - Mack McGillivray

Duration:00:09:08

Transporting Worlds through Costume

10/13/2023
Vancouver Opera presents The Magic Flute - October 21st to 29th, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Through costuming Roberta Doylend has built cohesive worlds for over 400 shows. Roberta discusses her remarkable career, her role as Vancouver Opera’s Head of Wardrobe, and the visual candy store awaiting audiences in The Magic Flute. For tickets and more information visit VancouverOpera.ca Credits Host - Ashley Daniel Foot Guest - Roberta Doylend Editor - Mack McGillivray

Duration:00:11:02

Fast Forward to the Emotion: Risk and Reward in Mozart's 'Magic Flute'

10/5/2023
Vancouver Opera presents ⁠The Magic Flute⁠ - October 21st to 29th, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Director Ashlie Corcoran returns to Vancouver Opera to direct this remount production of Mozart’s ultimate opera. Join us for an early glimpse into what awaits you on the stage. For tickets and more information visit ⁠VancouverOpera.ca⁠ Credits Host - Ashley Daniel Foot Guest - Ashlie Corcoran Editor - Mack McGillivray

Duration:00:16:15

Harmonizing Queer Voices

6/27/2023
In this episode we explore the intersection of identity and opera with University of Florida musicologist Leo Walker. Opera, with its grandeur, emotion, and powerful storytelling, has been a stage for human experiences throughout history. Amidst the vast repertoire of operatic works, there are narratives that explore the diverse spectrum of queer identities. These stories, often overlooked or overshadowed, have found their place within the canon, enriching the operatic landscape. Unveiling the queer threads in the operatic fabric allows us to appreciate the richness and diversity of human experiences. Composers like Benjamin Britten, Leonard Bernstein, and many others, have contributed to this exploration, often drawing inspiration from their own lives and relationships. By examining their music, letters, and historical context, scholars like Leo Walker have shed light on the queerness within the works of these composers, deepening our understanding and appreciation of their contributions to the art form. These narratives illuminate the beauty and struggles of love, desire, and self-discovery. They transcend boundaries and foster belonging for audiences of all backgrounds and identities. Episode Credits: Host - Ashley Daniel Foot Guest - Leo Walker Editor - Mack McGillivray Music Credits: “Adziu! Adziu!” from Act I of Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice. Performed by the English National Opera with John Graham Hall as Aschenbach. Conducted by Edward Gardner. “To Know” from Laura Kaminsky’s As One. Performed by Sasha Cooke, Kelly Markgraf, and The Fry Street Quartet. Produced by American Opera Projects in association with BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music). “Without You What Am I” from Act III of Rufus Wainright’s Hadrian. Performed by the Canadian Opera Company with Thomas Hampson as Hadrian and Isaiah Bell as Antinous.

Duration:00:09:38

Talking with Tom Wright

6/13/2023
Join us for a fascinating conversation with Vancouver Opera’s General Director, Tom Wright. Tom reflects on the past opera season, the challenges the art form faces, and the future of opera in Vancouver. Visit vancouveropera.ca to discover our 2023-2024 season: The Magic Flute, Don Pasquale, and Carmen. Episode Credits: Host - Ashley Daniel Foot Guest - Tom Wright Editing - Mack McGillivray

Duration:00:15:03

Luka Kawabata: The Hafu ハーフ Project

5/18/2023
A fascinating and insightful conversation with baritone, and Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist, Luka Kawabata. Luka talks passionately about his Hafu ハーフ Project and the unique intersection between family, memory, and music. We also discuss the state of modern opera and how to confront our operatic canon. Episode Credits: Host - Ashley Daniel Foot Guest - Luka Kawabata https://www.lukakawabata.com/ Editing - Mack McGillivray Cover Photo - Mark Yammine https://www.markyammine.com/ The Hafu ハーフ Project: Chapter 1: Paueru-Gai パウエル街 - https://youtu.be/-0an29gw0L8 Chapter 2: Childhood 幼年 - https://youtu.be/Q1TU2yE5iHk Chapter 3: Wish 希望 - Coming Soon

Duration:00:19:44

Introducing: Singing Stories

5/10/2023
The 2022-2023 Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program toured ten elementary schools performing their show Singing Stories, a fun and exciting operatic experience that asks the question, what if the show goes wrong but in the best possible way? Join host Ashley Daniel Foot in a discussion about Singing Stories with five members of the Young Artists Program: Sawyer Craig, Luka Kawabata, Amy Seulky Lee, Jeremy Scinocca, and Hillary Tufford. This year's School Tour is supported by Telus Friendly Future Foundation, CIBC Wood Gundy, Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Diamond Foundation. Episode Credits: Host - Ashley Daniel Foot Guests from the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program - Sawyer Craig, Luka Kawabata, Amy Seulky Lee, Jeremy Scinocca, and Hillary Tufford Audio Editing - Mack McGillivray Music Credits: Japanese Lullaby 竹田の子守唄 (Takeda No Komoriuta) Performed by Japonské Trio - Natsuko Bručková, Tomoko Kanda, and Yukie Ichimura Doll Song “Les oiseaux dans la charmille” from Jacques Offenbach’s Les contes d'Hoffmann, performed by Katarzyna Dondalska Overture to Richard Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, performed by the University of Illinois Symphonic Band

Duration:00:21:01

Wagner: Life and Times - 15 Strange and Surprising Discoveries About Herr Wagner

5/2/2023
Richard Wagner is known today as one of the greatest, most influential composers to have lived. But his life, anything but easy and straightforward, was as tumultuous as the age he was born into. Our top-15 list of things you didn’t know about Richard Wagner takes you behind the scenes of the life of one of Germany’s most famous exports. Vancouver Opera presents The Flying Dutchman - April 29th to May 7th, 2023, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. For tickets and more information visit vancouveropera.ca Episode Credits: Written and presented by - Jane Potter Voice of Richard Wagner, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Friedrich Nietzsche - David Bloom Produced by - Ashley Daniel Foot Audio editing by - Mack McGillivray

Duration:00:14:41