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Vancouver Opera Offstage Podcast with Les Dala

PODCAST | Vancouver Opera Offstage
Monthly Wednesdays

Vancouver Opera Offstage is an audio podcast with host Les Dala, VO’s chorus director and associate conductor. Join Les once a month for this podcast as he chats with opera experts, artists, Vancouver Opera staff and others to explore the world of opera on and off the stage. This podcast offers an insider’s glimpse into the artistry, experiences, and perspectives of the talent involved in taking breathtaking opera productions from the page to the stage.

Latest Episode: May 5, 2021.
The next episode will release Wednesday, June 2, 2021.


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Latest Episodes

May 5, 2021, | Episode 27

Behind the Camera Lens on the Digital Season with Mike Southworth

In this episode, recorded on April 14, Les takes us on a glimpse behind the camera lens to get a perspective of what it takes to bring opera from the stage to the screen. Our guest is Mike Southworth, president of Collide Entertainment, who is responsible for the camerawork, videography, and video editing behind Vancouver Opera’s 2020-2021 Digital Season productions: Carmen: Up Close and Personal, The Music Shop, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and La Voix humaine as well as Wagner for Valentine’s. In addition to his work on VO’s season, he is also highly in demand for his talents as an editor, sound designer, composer, sound recordist, camera operator, and director.

Don’t forget to buy your digital tickets to Vancouver Opera’s Digital Season at !

Mike Southworth

April 7, 2021, | Episode 26

Up Close and Personal about Carmen: Preview Podcast with stage director Brenna Corner

In our official Preview Podcast for Vancouver Opera’s new production of Carmen: Up Close and Personal and the 26th episode of Vancouver Opera Offstage, meet Brenna Corner, director and mastermind behind this brand-new digital opera. Brenna has worked as a director, actor, singer, choreographer, and fight director across Canada, the United States, and Europe. An alumnus of Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program, she most recently directed VO productions of Hansel and Gretel and L’Elisir d’amore.  Tickets and subscriptions are now available for Carmen: Up Close and Personal, premiering May 1st at

Offstage with Brenna Corner

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Past Episodes of Vancouver Opera Offstage

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About the host, Les Dala

Leslie Dala, Host of Vancouver Opera Offstage Podcast
Maestro Leslie Dala is Associate Conductor and Chorus Director of Vancouver Opera, Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Choir and Music Director Emeritus of the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Program Director of VO’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program. He recently conducted Vancouver Opera productions of La Cenerentola (2019), Madama Butterfly (2016), Albert Herring (2013), The Magic Flute (2013), and The Marriage of Figaro (2017), the world premieres of VO-commissioned operas, Stickboy (2014) and The Overcoat – a musical tailoring (2018), and the world premiere of large-scale oratorio The River of Light (2019).


Vancouver Opera Offstage Host & Co-Producer:
Leslie Dala
Vancouver Opera Co-Producer & Editor:
Vincent Wong
Vancouver Opera Offstage logo design:
Annie Mack
Season 01 | Episode 27
Episode Recorded:
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Season 01 | Episode 26
Episode Recorded:
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Episode interviews are recorded entirely remotely using Zoom and hosted on Buzzsprout.

Cover photo by Matt Botsford on Unsplash
Podcast opening and closing music: 
“Habanera” from Carmen. Sung by Jenny Lee Mitchell.
Habanera Kevin MacLeod (
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By Attribution 3.0 License