Did I Just Say That? – LIVE
October 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
A friendship is tested when Cecilia, a white composer, tries to convince her roommate, Gabriella, a writer of colour – who has just returned home from a #MeToo moment with a TV producer – to enter a new opera competition together. Their debate about the whiteness of opera, the problematic portrayal of racialized women, and whether they should enter the competition devolves into a “diva-off” that features musical quotes from some of the most famous arias in the canon.
Inspired by actual events, the 20-minute comedic operetta explores themes of feminism, racial intersectionality, and what it means to embody artistic risk in a patriarchal society in which women must diminish or silence themselves in order to get ahead. We believe the heart of a diva beats in every social justice warrior’s chest!
Katerina Gimon, Composer
Valerie Sing Turner, Librettist / Director
Debi Wong, Dramaturg
Perri Lo, Musical Direction
Emma Parkinson, Mezzo-Soprano
Eva Tavares, Soprano
Co-commissioned by re:Naissance Opera & Visceral Visions