Experiencing the Barber of Bytown

Arminè Kassabian (Mezzo-soprano) and her fellow Opera studio members  recently embarked on the production of the Barber of Bytown, which was performed at the NAC Fourth Stage, and is now on a tour to schools in the Ottawa/Gatineau area. Take a look at how she has grown with the Opera Studio Program and her experience performing  The Barber of Bytown.

“This past 2011-2012 season with the Opera Studio of Opera Lyra Ottawa was an amazing opportunity for all of us. We had the chance to work in Master-Classes, private lessons with talented professionals in the industry of music, as well as learning about the business of Music. The Opera Lyra Ottawa faculty members were very professional and very supportive to us and to the Company. Having a company like OLO has helped us Artists  grow in a professional environment. This young artist program prepares you to see the real world of an opera singer. It requires you to focus and work hard with many rehearsals and individual growth to polish and perform this art with great passion and dedication. 
The Barber of Bytown was a success! All of the Artists are not only well prepared musically but also very talented and promising opera singers. The caliber is very high and our hard work and motivation in rehearsals was quickly learned with precision. This motivation helped us work well together and have a healthy, encouraging working environment.
The Barber of Bytown English adaptation by Ann Hodges was the perfect opera for kids and adults! Not only did we receive an educational experience, but so did they! It had great spice and so many flavors with acting, props and singing! It was not only an enjoyable experience for the audience, but for us as the artists performing this opera. We had so much fun together as a team! Performing this opera for the kids was the greatest experience. The reason why I say this is because it is not the typical audience we usually have. Opera requires being an art form performed to people that are attentive, focused without any talking. What we did was the biggest challenge since kids are very vocal when expressing their feelings as well as reacting to what they see! It was a really wonderful feeling hearing those kids laugh and giggling as it fed our energy. That is when we knew we accomplished our work!
I believe the Opera Studio has brought great challenges and beginnings to young professional artists in their careers and I am blessed to be part of it!”

-Arminè Kassabian


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