Parlando: The COC Blog

6/12/2013

The COC’s After School Opera Program – Meet Omega Menkir!

Meet Omega Menkir! Pictured above in a 2007 production of Theseus and the Minotaur, Omega is a past participant of the Canadian Opera Company’s After School Opera Program (ASOP) and the third individual featured in the special blog series commemorating ASOP’s 15th anniversary celebration on June 13, 2013 in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.

Omega joined the program when she was only eight during the 2005/2006 season. From 2005 to 2007, Omega participated in seven ASOP productions with her twin brother, Alpha (who, as you can probably tell by his name, was born first). Aside from spending time with her sibling, Omega’s fondest memory of ASOP was the opera Gold of the Elements, a prelude to Das Rheingold which was written by ASOP lead artist and composer, Dean Burry, to coincide with the monumental performance of Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle by the Canadian Opera Company for the opening of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. 

In Dean’s version, the elements of earth, wind, water, and fire had to come together to determine the fate of an all-powerful ring that could control the universe. Omega still remembers the line she was allowed to ad lib when she played the role of one of the water characters, who were bickering with the wind characters: “Wind, what have you done with your hair?” Not surprisingly, Gold of the Elements became her favourite ASOP opera!

For many participants, ASOP inspires a life-long passion for the arts. This is certainly true of Omega. Now a high school student, Omega realizes the impact ASOP had on her interest in opera and all art forms in general: “It kept me loving the arts, and kept me very involved, and formed some amazing memories for me.” Her affinity for the arts keeps her schedule packed with all things artistic at school including: wind ensemble, jazz band, madrigal choir and concert choir. With this kind of appetite and commitment to the arts, we may just catch Omega on the main stage some day!

Photo Credits: Omega Menkir in the COC ASOP production of Theseus and the Minotaur, 2007; (bottom) Omega Menkir, 2013. Photos by COC and Omega Menkir.

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001