• The Queen In Me: Glossary of Terms

    By COC News
    In collaboration with Amplified Opera, a co-producer of The Queen In Me and the COC’s Disruptor-in-Residence, we are providing this glossary of terms relevant to our understanding of gender identity and expression. This resource is intended to introduce concepts that some audience members may be unfamiliar with as well as expand and reframe terms that to capture the lived reality and complex dynamics of gender identity. 



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    Posted in The Queen In Me
  • Creator's Note: THE QUEEN IN ME

    By COC Staff


    Interrogating the opera industry's long history of exclusion, The Queen In Me seeks to reclaim space not only for countless women, trans, and non-binary opera artists, but for the characters themselves and their stories. As the show's creator and sole performer, Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野 (they/them) taps into their own lived experiences within opera to deliver this vital, vibrant production.

    Featuring a Creator's Note from Kasahara, this article explores the deeply personal history behind the show's development and creation. Read on to learn more!



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    Posted in A Season Like No Other
  • Directors' Note: THE QUEEN IN ME

    By COC Staff


    Opening Thursday, June 2 at the revitalized Canadian Opera Company Theatre, The Queen in Me promises an exuberant show combining comedy, drama, and opera into a deep exploration of the industry-wide policing of race, gender, and sexuality. As the show's creator and sole performer, Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野 (they/them) uses the lens of The Magic Flute's iconic Queen of the Night to reclaim space for the many women, trans, and non-binary individuals excluded from the stage.

    In this article, hear from the show's co-directors—Andrea Donaldson (Nightwood Theatre) and Aria Umezawa (Amplified Opera)—as they explore the distinct identity and impact of this production. Read on to learn more!



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    Posted in A Season Like No Other

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