For All to Hear
Nov 20, 2020 1:00pm
A Space for Truth
For All to Hear celebrates and features diverse voices from the IBPoC community of artists and other marginalized voices, offering a platform to share music and stories that matter.
Bridging together the power of song and lived experience, For All to Hear is a gathering space for artists to speak directly, because the communication of truths is what art and artists can do with unequaled directness.
Explore the many ways in which these artist platforms are taking form through videos and podcasts offered on Pacific Opera’s online programs and directly in this space.
- Valerie Gonzalez
- Delcina Stevenson
- Miriam Khalil | Songs my Parents taught me
- Charlotte Siegel | Lunchbox Opera
- Samuel Chan & Priti Gandhi | Listening Party Podcast
- Samuel Chan | Acoustic Afternoons
Valerie Gonzalez | For All to Hear
Join Canadian soprano Valerie Gonzalez as she shares stories of racism committed against her family long ago and how she is still reckoning with them today, showcasing the impacts of generational trauma.
My video tells one of the central stories of my childhood that gave me identity and an understanding of Filipino loyalty, love and decency. It also taught me of the inhumanity and atrocities that occur in the hands of power that operates on a premise of racial superiority.”
Valerie Gonzalez, 2020
An emerging author, she hopes to publish shortly a historical novel, The Buggy Driver, based on her father’s memoirs during the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines in World War II.
Delcina Stevenson | For All to Hear
American soprano Delcina Stevenson, who premiered at Pacific Opera Victoria in 1981 as Cio-Cio-san in Madama Butterfly, talks about her artistic journey making a career as a Black singer in opera.
From how she got started with music (and her shock at having to practice seven hours a day) to a “reverse colour casting” experience with Otello, Delcina shares her experiences with us, shining a light on her life as a Black opera singer in the 20th and 21st century.
Note: There was a mix-up in listing the cast of Otello. The correct casting is Cornell MacNeil as Iago and James McCracken as the tenor.
See more of Delcina here!
Miriam Khalil | Songs my Parents taught me
Juno nominated artist, Miriam Khalil has established herself as one of Canada’s most versatile and expressive performers. Equally at home on the opera and concert stage, she has become increasingly known equally for her nontraditional repertoire and her nuanced and moving performances.
Songs my Parents taught me is a beautiful example of exactly what Miriam is known and celebrated for. In bringing together classic Arabic music, personal experience, and immense talent, Miriam creates something that is completely new, yet reflective of the past in a way that is deeply personal and heartwarming to all who see it.
Charlotte Siegel | Lunchbox Opera
Meet Charlotte Siegel, in conversation, in recital, and performing one of her own compositions. A Toronto born classical soprano, songwriter, and performer, Charlotte has just completed a Graduate Diploma in Opera and Voice at McGill University and was to have been a Resident Artist for Pacific Opera Victoria’s 40 Days of Opera in summer 2020 until the COVID-19 pandemic intervened.
Charlotte Siegel, June 2020
Samuel Chan & Priti Gandhi | Listening Party Podcast
Podcast host Rebecca Hass invites baritone Samuel Chan and Chief Artistic Officer of Minnesota Opera Priti Gandhi to share their stories, experiences, and the songs that speak to them and reflect their work and process.
Samuel Chan | Acoustic Afternoons
Baritone Samuel Chan, who will debut with Pacific Opera Victoria as Le Dancaïre (El Dancairo) in a future production of Carmen, performs and talks with Rebecca Hass.
Samuel Chan, July 2020
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