A Digital Concert
- Saturday, September 5, 2020
- 7:30 PM 8:30 PM
LIVESTREAM: Saturday, September 5th at 7:30pm (EST)REPLAY: Sunday, September 6th
“Divas for Hire”
Because how often do you get to tell a diva what to do?
Tickets: Click Here!
Join us for Opera Sustenida's one-of-a-kind online event that pushes the boundaries of the traditional concert format with an innovative approach to virtual performance and audience participation.
Using pre-recorded videos, we will present a selection of beloved opera solos and ensembles, including a set of “mis-cast” arias, where we’ll challenge voice type and gender norms. Our videos (yes, even the ensembles!) will feature engaging virtual staging techniques created by our very own Stephanie DeCiantis.
And if you were wondering about the "audience participation" bit, here's where you come in:
***Every ticket sold before August 22 comes with an opportunity to vote in advance for what you want our three fabulous divas to sing, from our specially curated selection of opera's greatest hits.***
You can also interact with us during our live Q&A session (for the Facebook event) by pre-submitting questions for us when you send in your votes.
But what if you can't make it to the livestream? Never fear! There will be a replay of the concert and Q&As on Sunday, September 6, which will be made available to all ticket holders.
We hope you’ll join us for “Divas for Hire!” Because how often do you get to tell a diva what to do?
Opera Sustenida is bringing a fresh take to the online concert format with an innovative and interactive online event entitled “Divas for Hire.”
Opera Sustenida brings you "Divas for Hire," a dynamic online event that pushes the boundaries of the traditional concert with an innovative and interactive approach to virtual performance and audience participation. Using pre-recorded videos, we will present a selection of beloved opera solos and ensembles, including a set of “mis-cast” arias, where we’ll challenge voice-type and gender norms. Our videos (yes, even the ensembles!) will feature engaging virtual staging techniques created by our very own Stephanie DeCiantis.As an audience member, you get to choose what we’ll perform for the concert from a selection of opera’s greatest hits*, as well as interact with us during our live Q&A session on Saturday. You can even pre-submit questions for us when you send in your votes.And in case you can’t make it to the livestream (or just want to watch it again because you enjoyed it so much), there will be a replay of the concert and Q&As on Sunday, September 6th.We hope you’ll join us for “Divas for Hire!” Because how often do you get to tell a diva what to do?
Link to Votes and Pre-Submit Questions (est. 5-10 minutes to complete)- still working on this
(*Please note, we can only count one set of votes per ticket; votes must be submitted by Saturday, August 22nd. Questions may be pre-submitted until Thursday, September 3rd.)About Opera SustenidaWe created Opera Sustenida in order to bring beautiful music to the world (and also because we missed being able to perform together).Who we areStephanie DeCiantis is a Canadian spinto soprano gaining recognition for her warm colour and interpretation of romantic and classical repertoire most recently with Brott Opera, Kindred Spirit Orchestra, and Opera by Request. Stephanie is excited to explore this new medium and bring some art into your home!
Nicole Whitney Dubinsky is a coloratura soprano from Toronto, Ontario. She is best known for her Queen of the Night and recent performances as Olympia/Giulietta/Antonia in Toronto City Opera’s production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Nicole is thrilled to be a part of Opera Sustenida’s efforts to bring music into the community!
Daniella Theresia is a mezzo-soprano originally from the United States, now making her home in Oakville, Ontario. Since moving to the GTA in late 2016, she has performed with Toronto City Opera, Toronto Masque Theatre, and Opera by Request. Daniella feels most at home in the art song and Baroque genres, but loves an opportunity to explore more dramatic operatic pieces, especially when she gets to do so with her friends!
Toronto-based pianist and conductor Suzanne Yeo has performed in North America, Europe and Asia, to much praise for the intensity and sensitivity of her interpretations. After a stint as a doctoral candidate in the German department at Princeton University, she returned to music in 2011 and has since regularly appeared both as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist, with a particular affinity for the operatic repertoire and Lieder. Suzanne is very excited to be part of Opera Sustenida’s effort to bring music to people in their homes!