L-R: Valerie Sing Turner (librettist), Debi Wong (dramaturg), Kat Gimon (composer)
Thanks to the BC Arts Council, Visceral Visions and re:Naissance Opera have co-commissioned Valerie Sing Turner as librettist and Katerina Gimon as composer for a new comedic chamber operetta with the working title, Did I just Say That?
The 15-minute piece will feature a "diva-off" between two female characters – a writer of colour and a white composer (yup, it's definitely meta!) – while they debate the lack of diversity in the classic opera canon, and figure out how to collaborate while being true to themselves.
In November 2020, just one day before Dr. Bonnie Henry restricted non-essential travel from the lower mainland, Valerie, Katerina, and Debi Wong, Artistic Director of re:Naissance and project dramaturg, landed on the Sunshine Coast for a week-long creation residency. We needed to kill a little time before we could check into our retreat accommodation, so we were happy to stumble upon a beer farm, run by the Persephone craft brewing company in Gibsons. Happy to report that the weather, location, team, and creative process were all beautifully fun!
We look forward to workshopping the first draft with singers Emma Parkinson and Eva Tavares at The Post on August 6-7, with the opportunity for further rewrites before our presentation at re:Naissance Opera's #IndieFest the last week of October 2021. Stay tuned for more announcements!