Soprano Tamar Simon sang a selection of opera arias commonly used for auditions. This was our 6th Salon Social at the Fieldhouse with accompaniment by pianist Roger Parton. Our conversation, this time, was based on opera auditions.
Sunday, August 25th
2pm – 3:30pm
Oak Park Fieldhouse
We did a series of 3 free workshops on breath, relaxation, movement, and voice. We focussed on unlocking tension in the body, becoming aware of breathing patterns, moving and exploring the space, following impulses, building confidence, and freeing the voice. This class was open to all ages. We worked on vocalization – speaking, humming, singing, vocal games, and more.
Marpole Neighbourhood House
8585 Hudson St at 70th Ave, Vancouver
July 24, August 7, and August 21
3 pm – 5 pm
We were at the Neighbourhood House in Marpole where we dressed in costume for our intro to opera and sang some popular arias for the kids. The children took part in vocal warm-ups, musical games, character walking, breathing exercises, and a sing-along.
We had great fun leading a kids opera camp this summer for the City of Vancouver’s Creative Remix Summer Camp program. We worked on breathing, movement, vocal exercises and games, character walking, then worked on a small chorus part from “Cavalleria Rusticana”. The kids got to set the scene – the villagers were just waking up and going outside to greet their neighbours.
Chorus from “Cavalleria Rusticana” Opera Opulenza Kids Opera Camp Creative Remix Aug 2019
This Wednesday afternoon we’ll be performing and conducting a children’s sing-along at the newly renovated Marpole Neighbourhood House – 8585 Hudson St. Nadine Cornelius, mezzo, Katie McCullough, soprano, Trudy Chalmers, soprano, and Roger Parton on piano. It’s from 3pm – 5pm and it’s free!
It was a packed house for today’s Salon Social with tenor Sunny Shams. Sunny sang a selection of songs by Tosti, Leoncavallo, Bellini, Strauss, and Schubert. Everyone was impressed! After it was tea time and Q&A with Sunny. Photos by Raymond Chan
Tenor Sunny Shams will be our next guest singer at the Fieldhouse for our 5th Salon Social with accompaniment by pianist Roger Parton.
Acclaimed for his sensational interpretation as lead in the world premiere of Stickboy with Vancouver Opera, Sunny Shams is known for his beautiful, rich, velvety and expressive tenor voice, and his dramatic connection with the characters whom he portrays on stage. After experiencing singing in the chorus for a season with Pacific Opera Victoria, Sunny was convinced that it is the ultimate art form and set out on his operatic career which has seen him around the world working with teachers such as Peter Barcza, Heather Thompson, Virginia Zeani, Montserrat Caballé, Daniel Okulitch, and with his late mentor, tenor Melvyn Poll.
Free admission, snacks, and tea. Full – no seats left!
Sunday, July 14th
1pm – 2:30pm
Oak Park Fieldhouse