Last week, Artistic Director Amanda Kellock participated in a workshop of a new opera based on shakespeare’s’s Much Ado About Nothing (by Patrick Hansen and James Garner) as part of a wonderful symposium at McGill on how Opera training is evolving.
This workshop was part of an ongoing development of the new opera Much Ado! By Patrick Hansen and James Garner. The new opera was co-commissioned by Opera McGill and the Early Modern Conversions Project, and they have been engaged in a long-term development process working on one or two scenes at a time and workshopping them with musicians, opera singers, academics and Shakespearean theatre-makers (like me!) at each stage. We showcased excerpts from the opera-in-progress as part of Opera McGill’s symposium called Opera’s Changing Worlds – which was in itself a very exciting event: https://www.mcgill.ca/