Thursday, April 9, 2015

OLO's Figaro forms a new era of community

Opera meets Downton Abbey. Need I say more?

It has been two weeks since finishing a fantastic run of Opera Lyra Ottawa's Le Nozze Di Figaro and a voice in my head keeps telling me I should be heading over to the National Arts Centre and start my pin curls and applying base makeup.

From singing to grocery shoppers in the produce section to tearing up during the opening night cast party speeches - it was harder saying goodbye this time around.

This time it was more than a show. It was a new era of community. 

When the chorus first began music rehearsals, we were formally introduced to our interim Artistic Director, Kevin Mallon. His enthusiasm and optimism to have the entire cast (yes, us too!) take part in fun events leading up to the show already had the chorus beaming with excitement. 
He left the room and the air changed. What he left with us was a true forming of a new community within this company. 

Call me biased, but chorus members are often forgotten as true ambassadors of an opera company. They are usually local, with much dedication and loyalty to the company (at least that is the case with Opera Lyra Ottawa). I have been a chorus member since 2009 and these productions are truly the highlights of my year. What can I say, we are a proud group. 

The fact that Maestro Mallon was asking the chorus to be in a flashmob, sing our hearts out at Karaoke night and enjoy the opening night cast party reminded us that we play an important role for this company. We also had the opportunity to interact more closely with the principal cast and our incredible stage director, Tom Diamond. Each and every one of them were so humble and approachable. Tom would approach every single person in the rehearsal hall, shake their hand and really make them feel like they were valued. 

Could it get any better than this?

Ladies and gents, it's the little things that really make a difference. When you have an extraordinary group of people in one rehearsal hall, magic happens -especially the giggly, high on life magic. On top of that, we got to work with fun sets and costumes reflective of the Downton Abbey theme. 

Here are some photos of the production:

I also had the opportunity to be interviewed by Samuel Blais from TFO 24.7 (Francophone equivalent to TVO)! It was a lot of fun (with a touch of stress) and it gave the viewers a chance to see me getting ready for the show. Thanks to Sam for doing a great job on this piece!

Here is the clip:

To end this post, I want to send out a huge THANK YOU to the Opera Lyra Ottawa staff and artistic team for their hard work in planning the flashmob and also for their endless efforts on making us feel like an opera family once again. Until we meet again for Rossini's Barber of Seville!

You can find more information on OLO and their upcoming productions here:


I made an epic photobomb...once again. All hail Queen of Photobomb. 

'til next time!

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