Off stage and on the web – Lunchbox Opera offers words and music in a series of intimate online interviews and recitals.
Lunchbox Opera with Charlotte Siegel Premiere program from For All to Hear Friday, June 26, 2020, starting at 1 pm PDT, and available on demand
Soprano singer/songwriter Charlotte Siegel uses her voice and her compositions to offer a personal response to the pressing issues faced by diverse artists in opera. Following an interview with Rebecca Hass, Charlotte performs Samuel Barber’s The Crucifixion, Your Daddy’s Son from Stephen Flaherty’s Ragtime, the spiritual Sometimes I feel like a Motherless Child by Harry T. Burleigh, and We Trust You As Our Leader from Joplin’s Treemonisha. Charlotte also premières her original composition Maybe One Day.
A Toronto born classical soprano, songwriter, and performer, Charlotte Siegel 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. More about Charlotte Siegel
The past few weeks have been the heaviest I’ve ever felt. As a classical singer I am used to feeling the weight and responsibility of my blackness, but it feels different now. In the wake of the brutal murder of George Floyd people are finally awakening. It has taken long enough, and black people are tired! I feel angry, I feel numb, I feel everything. Between the social media posts, the news, and discussions, I kept searching for a way to lend my voice in a productive way. So I thank Rebecca Hass and Pacific Opera for giving me the space to respond to this moment in time in the best way I know how. I sincerely hope that we use this momentum to create a world where we don’t have to notice colour.
Lunchbox Opera with Rachel Fenlon, part 3 Friday, June 19, 2020, starting at 1 pm PDT, and available on demand
Soprano and pianist Rachel Fenlon presents the final part of a concert from her home in Berlin, featuring Von Ewige Liebe by Johannes Brahms, Come Lovely and Soothing Death by George Crumb, Die Zwei Blauen Augen by Gustav Mahler, and Ein Traum by Edvard Grieg. Download the English text.
Lunchbox Opera with Rachel Fenlon, part 2 Friday, June 5, 2020, starting at 1 pm PDT, and available on demand
Soprano and pianist Rachel Fenlon presents part two of a three-part concert from her home in Berlin. Part two features Ständchen by Richard Strauss, Silent Noon by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Passing and The Half Moon by Canadian composer Danika Lorèn, and The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs by John Cage. Download the English text.
Lunchbox Opera with Rachel Fenlon, part 1 Friday, May 29, 2020, starting at 1 pm PDT, and available on demand
Soprano and pianist Rachel Fenlon presents a three-part concert from her home in Berlin. Part one features Trois Mélodies by Oliver Messiaen, Only by Morton Feldman, Étude No. 2 for solo piano by Philip Glass, and L’Heure exquise by Reynaldo Hahn. Download the English translations.
Raised in Victoria and based in Berlin, soprano and pianist Rachel Fenlon is dedicated to performing song recitals, chamber music, and opera, and creating and commissioning new music. This concert in three parts includes a mixed repertoire of her favourite songs and stories. Part one features music by Olivier Messiaen, Morton Feldman, Philip Glass, and Reynaldo Hahn. Future instalments will go live June 5 and June 19 and will include selections by Vaughan-Williams, Danika Loren, John Cage, Richard Strauss, Brahms, Mahler, Grieg, and George Crumb.
Rachel Fenlon debuted with Pacific Opera Victoria in 2013 as Nannetta in Falstaff, and the following year returned as Queen Guenevere in Camelot in concert. She is a rising operatic soloist and chamber musician and is committed to performing, curating, and commissioning contemporary music. She is acclaimed for her one-woman Liederabend, with which she tours internationally, singing and accompanying herself on the piano.
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