• NOTES: A Conversation with Soprano Miriam Khalil

    By COC Staff

    Miriam Khalil in rehearsal for BOUND
    Soprano Miriam Khalil in rehearsal for BOUND at the Canadian Opera Company's Jackman Studio
    at 227 Front St. E. Photo: Darryl Block


    A Conversation with Soprano Miriam Khalil

    As part of their work in the COC’s Company-in-Residence program, Against the Grain Theatre has been developing a new opera led by Artistic Director Joel Ivany and Music Director Topher Mokrzewski. BOUND takes Handel arias and ensembles, reconstructs them through a new interpretation by composer Kevin Lau, and layers the music against new English-language texts by Ivany, drawn from real world events. In the leadup to tonight’s opening, we asked AtG Founding Member and Ensemble Studio graduate Miriam Khalil to share her thoughts on the challenging process of creating art that responds to contemporary realities of persecution, oppression, and asylum.

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  • “I wanted to pour all my power into a picture.”

    By Danika Lorèn (Ensemble Studio Soprano)






    DISPATCHES FROM THE OPERA WORLD

    Danika Lorèn, photo: Gaetz Photograpy



    Guest Writer

    SOPRANO DANIKA LORÈN


    Second-year Ensemble Studio member Danika Lorèn is understudying the role of Gilda in
    Rigoletto this winter, but she also appears in the annual Love Your Body issue of NOW Magazine (content warning: contains nude photography as a celebration of body positivity). As Danika reflects on the experience of the photo shoot, it turns out that baring it all for the camera is not that different than performing under the bright lights of the opera stage.
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