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.
My work has been published in mainstream publications including Opera News magazine, the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, and National Post newspapers, Opera Canada magazine, Hyperallergic, CBC, Pacific Standard and Mic websites, among others.
Having attended my first opera at the age of three and first piano lesson a mere week later, I have spent decades immersed in cultural world as actor, dancer, director, writer, designer, and editor.
My passion for culture has taken me to a number of locales, some of which I’ve lived and studied in: New York, Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Wexford, Salzburg, Vienna, Zurich, Budapest, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Liege, Nancy, Paris, Weimar, Dresden, Kiel, and Berlin.
I am currently in my sixth year of teaching radio documentaries to final-term broadcasting students at Seneca College’s School of Communication Arts in Toronto, with a strong focus on narrative writing and creative musical production. I am also presently engaged with a number of specialty media outlets and international arts organizations in finding new and creative ways to share insights of the artists who work in (and around) classical music
Please don’t be fooled by the “opera” title attached to this site; I’m as much interested in pedagogy, musicological questions, theatrical possibilities, and of course orchestral music (in all its forms) as I am in vocal arts, and through all of my professional and personal pursuits I endeavor to always improve my knowledge, experience, and understanding of each while maintaining a spirit of openness and curiosity.
You can find my current CV here.