Why The Opera Queen?
The name for this site is rooted in two places: the constant misspellings of my name (first and last), and a playful nickname from a friend years ago.
I am a freelance arts journalist with a focus on classical music and opera. I have spent my life in and around music, theatre, dance, art, film, and literature.
Having attended my first opera at the age of three, and had my first piano lesson a week later, I have spent decades immersed in cultural world, as both performer and writer, with work published at numerous online and print outlets. I was a producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and subsequently hosted a weekly arts program on CIUT FM.
My passion for classical music has taken me to a number of locales, including New York, Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Wexford, Salzburg, Vienna, Zurich, Budapest, Copenhagen, Liege, Nancy, Paris, Weimar, Dresden, Kiel, and Berlin, the latter being my main base throughout the summer and autumn of 2018.
I am currently in my fifth year of teaching radio documentaries to final-term broadcasting students at Seneca College’s School of Communication Arts in Toronto, and engaged with a number of specialty media outlets for freelance pieces to be published in the coming months.