Handwashing Arias

May 18, 2020 4:00pm

Venue Pacific Opera Website

Cost Free

The Wash Your Hands Project

Macbeth: Oh! Questa mano! Non potrebbe l’Oceano queste mani a me lavar!
(Oh, this hand! The ocean could not wash my hands clean)
Lady Macbeth: Poco spruzzo, e monde son.
(A sprinkle of water and they will be clean again.)

In the era of COVID-19, washing your hands takes more than a poco spruzzo. Health experts say we should use the proper technique and scrub for at least 20 to 30 seconds – as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice. But who says you can’t sing something else?

Pacific Opera is here to help! We have created the Handwashing Public Service Video Project, a series of how-to videos featuring singers from our past and future productions, with music by your favourite opera composers and new words by Bill Richardson.

Watch (and sing along) as our opera divas and divos demonstrate proper handwashing procedures while singing popular arias to new lyrics.

Corona-librettist Bill Richardson is an author, humourist, former CBC radio host, and current corona-inspired balcony performance artist.

Photo: Gregory Dahl and Lyne Fortin in Pacific Opera’s Macbeth, 2012. David Cooper Photography

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Megan Latham has performed more than a half dozen roles with Pacific Opera. Most recently, she was a triple threat in Puccini’s Il trittico – playing the warm-hearted La Frugola in Il tabarro, the cold-hearted Princess in Suor Angelica, and the greedy Zita in Gianni Schicchi.
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