The Question of Perception
by Gaëtan L. Charlebois
Aria Umezawa is a Toronto-Born, Half-Japanese, comic book-loving opera director, who believes in the unlimited potential of opera. She most recently directed the North American premiere of Cavalli’s Artemisia with Helios Opera in Boston, as well as Hindemith’s Hin und Zurück and Milton Granger’s Talk Opera as part of Opera 5’s Opera Eats. She also writes and directs the increasingly popular webseries Opera Cheats, which explains opera conventions, and deconstructs operatic plots for the uninitiated.
CHARPO: Why La voix humaine? It's not exactly light Fringe fun!
CHARPO: Are you travelling with musicians?
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(from the company website)
Walk into any opera house and look around. In one word, what do you see? Old? Money? Snobs? Intellect? Elite? When you think of opera as an art form, do you think of Bugs Bunny in bull horns, or a guy in a speedo selling gum? Maybe you’re thinking of Italian food. At Opera Five we believe that opera is all these things, but that it can be so much more. It’s an art form that has unlimited potential, that has inspired artists for centuries, an art form we love and most importantly one that can move any audience, period. When opera was developed it was meant to combine all art forms and we intend to push that to the limit by combining opera with any and every distinct art form such as dance, photography, visual art, performance art, creative writing, and even culinary arts by showcasing new talent in each medium. Above everything else, the most important element of our vision is you. We want to create the kinds of opera you want to see. We want you to forget everything you think you know about opera and show you something that is pure entertainment in a venue that you feel comfortable in.