Vancouver Opera Offstage – 010 – Canadian Visions with Michael Hidetoshi Mori and Marion Newman

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PODCAST | Vancouver Opera Offstage
Canadian Visions with Tapestry Opera’s Michael Hidetoshi Mori
and mezzo-soprano Marion Newman of Amplified Opera

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July 1, 2020

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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Canadian Visions with Tapestry Opera's Michael Mori and First Nations mezzo-soprano Marion Newman


Vancouver Opera Offstage Host:
Leslie Dala
Vancouver Opera Offstage Production and Editing:
Vincent Wong
Vancouver Opera Offstage logo design:
Annie Mack
Episode Recorded: June 25, 2020
Episode interviews are recorded entirely remotely using Zoom and hosted on
(Originally 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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