Laura’s Adventures in Montreal: The Opera

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Photo by @MustangJoe / @pixabay

Well it’s been a while since my last adventure, but next week I’m off on my next one. This time I’m heading to the opera! Now I know opera is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it gets a bit of a bad rap. Or maybe it’s just people don’t often have the opportunity to experience it. Well I’m here to tell you that it’s more accessible than you might think.

I attended my first opera during my undergrad. It was an university production at the University of Ottawa and a bunch of us went, mainly because we didn’t have other plans and it felt classy. But I was surprised how much I enjoyed the spectacle of it. The music, the vocals, the drama, it was astounding! And thus began my interest in opera. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to attend a number of performances both here in Montreal and elsewhere.

So, if you feel like checking out an opera, how do you go about it? Well I have 2 recommendations for you; Opera McGill or Opera de Montreal. I’ve seen several performance by both companies and not only were they spectacular, but they both offer student discounts for the budget-conscious grad student. (more…)

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Balancing school and a slowly growing singing career is very difficult.  There is external pressure to invest in both, and there are precious few moments where the two pursuits overlap.  It is a constant battle – live for the moment, or live for the future?

By Aline Fouard

Luckily for me, lately, it has come down to the same thing ever time I am feeling the crunch – Go to a practise room and WORK.  This is one of the only activities that consistently overlaps with both succeeding in my degree program and succeeding in my future career.

Even more luckily for me, the time I spend in the practise room is also the time that I feel the most serene, the most productive, and the most inspired.

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