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Vancouver Opera Offstage Podcast with Les Dala

PODCAST | Vancouver Opera Offstage
Biweekly Wednesdays

Vancouver Opera Offstage is an audio podcast with host Les Dala, VO’s chorus director and associate conductor. Join Les every other Wednesday 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.


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July 1, 2020 | Episode 10

Canadian Visions
with Tapestry Opera’s Michael Hidetoshi Mori
and First Nations mezzo-soprano Marion Newman of Amplified Opera

In this very special July 1st episode, Les is joined by co-host Colleen Maybin, Vancouver Opera’s Director of Learning and Engagement. With international focus turning a critical eye on systemic racial injustice, this Canada Day will be a day of reflection for many. Guests Michael Hidetoshi Mori and Marion Newman join us for a discussion about cultural representation in opera and the directions that the art form can take to better reflect the experiences of Canada’s cultural mosaic. Michael is the general director of Tapestry Opera, which in May of 2019 produced the world-premiere of Shanawdithit, a landmark Canadian-Indigenous opera by Dean Burry and Yvette Nolan. Starring in the title role of Shanawdithit, was Marion Newman, who is a Canadian mezzo-soprano of Kwagiulth and Stó:lo First Nations, English, Irish, and Scottish roots, and a co-founder of Amplified Opera. Marion also sang in Vancouver Opera’s 2013 First Nations inspired production of The Magic Flute, as well as Pacific Opera Victoria and City Opera Vancouver’s 2017 and 2019 collaboration of Missing.

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Past Episodes of Vancouver Opera Offstage

Previous episodes:

  1. Episode 1 | April 29, 2020 | An Interview with Tom Wright, General Director of Vancouver Opera
  2. Episode 2 | May 6, 2020 | Catching up with Jonathan Darlington, Music Director Emeritus of Vancouver Opera
  3. Episode 3 | May 13, 2020 | A Chat with Canadian Stage Director Rachel Peake on her process and vision as a director from theatre to opera
  4. Episode 4 | May 20, 2020 | Sharing stories from legendary Canadian mezzo-soprano Judith Forst
  5. Episode 5 | May 27, 2020 | Perspectives on performance with Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch
  6. Episode 6 | June 3, 2020 | In the Spotlight with Vancouver-born lyric soprano Simone Osborne
  7. Episode 7 | June 10, 2020 |Breaking barriers in the digital world with Victoria’s own Rachel Fenlon
  8. Episode 8 | June 17, 2020 | From Countertenor to Executive Director: Matthew White of Early Music Vancouver
  9. Episode 9 | June 24, 2020 |Coaches in Conversation: Demystifying the role of the répétiteur with Kinza Tyrrell and Tina Chang

Series Overview:

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: Leslie Dala
Vancouver Opera Offstage Production and Editing by Vincent Wong
Vancouver Opera Offstage logo design by Annie Mack
Episode interviews are recorded entirely remotely using Zoom.
Cover photo by Matt Botsford on Unsplash

Podcast opening and closing music:
“Habanera” from Carmen. Sung by Jenny Lee Mitchell.
Habanera Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License