The Queen in Me explores through comedy, drama, opera policing of race, gender, sexuality in opera industry

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It was announced by Nightwood Theatre, Amplified Opera, Canadian Opera Company and Theatre Gargantua following selling out its world premiere in June, The Queen In Me by interdisciplinary artist Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野 (they/them), is coming back accompanied by pianist David Eliakis (he/him).

With the combinion of comedy, drama, and opera, this show explores the many ways that race, gender, and sexuality are policed in the opera industry.

Seen through the lens of The Magic Flute’s iconic Queen of the Night, the show dares to imagine bold new possibilities for the future of the art form and beyond and reclaims accessibility to multitudes of women, trans, and non-binary individuals excluded from the stage.

Featuring a range of dramatic arias from some of the world’s most well-loved operas, including Puccini’s La BohèmeMadama Butterfly, Turandot, and Manon Lescaut; Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor; Verdi’s Macbeth and Rigoletto; R. Strauss’ Salome; and Mozart’s The Magic Flute.The Queen In Me was
recently nominated for 5 Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

5 Dora Mavor Moore Awards included Outstanding Production, Outstanding New Opera (Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野), Outstanding Performance by an Individual (Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野), Outstanding Musical Direction (Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser), and Outstanding Direction (Andrea Donaldson and Aria Umezawa).

This stunning new work, The Queen In Me will tour the Belfast International Arts Festival, with shows on October 18 and 19!

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