I’m here to tell you about MYOpera’s recent rebrand from Metro Youth Opera. You may already know the story. I founded Metro Youth Opera in 2010 to create viable, paid performance experiences for emerging artists throughout the world of opera. I was a young artist myself at the time, no longer in school, and I realized there must be many others like me who were in need of performance experiences. So I created Metro Youth Opera to help fill this void. Over the course of five years, Metro Youth Opera grew in both size and reputation, and began to attract attention from outside the world of opera.
Here’s when the story of the rebrand begins. Read more »
It’s my favourite time of the MYOpera season – audition week! Sitting behind the table is an incredible, inspiring, and humbling experience for me every year. To see the talent this city has on offer is a real privilege, and the hardest part of my job is saying “no” to dozens of exceptional artists that I would love to cast.
It wasn’t always this way at auditions though! For many years, I stood on the other side of the table, overcome with nerves, trying to put my best face forward for the panel on the other side of the table.
Some singers excel at auditions, while others (like myself) do not. Whichever camp you’re in, I‘m going to share some tips from my time on both sides of the table that may help you through your MYOpera audition, and hopefully others.
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Blair Salter was MYOpera’s Music Director for our third and fourth seasons, Triple Bill (2013) and Hansel & Gretel (2014). What has she been doing since? Read on to find out!
- Where are you from? St. Catharines ON
- Where do you currently live? Ann Arbor MI
- What’s your favourite MYOpera memory? I loved tech week for both shows. It’s an exhausting week, but it’s so exciting getting into the theatre and watching the show come together in the last stages.
- What role did MYOpera play in your career/life? I became involved with MYOpera right after I moved to Toronto and I was searching for any opportunities I could find as a freelancer. It was my first music directing gig and really opened my eyes to the amazing work that the Toronto indie companies are capable of. Plus I met some incredible people along the way!
- What have you been doing since MYOpera? Last summer, I went to San Francisco as an apprentice coach at the Merola Opera Program. This past September I started my DMA in Collaborative Piano with Martin Katz at the University of Michigan, and I’m currently in Cooperstown NY as an assistant coach with the Glimmerglass Festival.
- What’s your favourite opera (to watch/listen to)? This is like asking which of my friends is the best. I’m a big fan of contemporary music, but I also love the standards….let’s say any of Britten’s operas!
- What’s your guilty pleasure song (any genre)? Superstition by Stevie Wonder
- Traveling is always an adventure! What’s your favourite/most memorable travel experience? I have been lucky enough to visit lots of places, but I think my favourite is still getting to spend three weeks in Paris when I was in high school. I ate many crepes and walked up many stairs.
- Do you have a signature dish/meal that you make? Tell us about it! I’m not going to lie, I am not one of those people who likes to cook. But I do make a decent banana bread!
- Singers/Artists are busy people! What’s your favourite snack when you’re on the go? I always make time for coffee.