Article Written by Stephen Bell – Marketing/Development @coffeescreative
At Coffeeshop Creative we are not only passionate about designing and developing a unique web presence for our clients, but also sharing their stories. We are super excited to share another story in our series of blogs – ☕️ Coffee With… Today’s feature – the modern and innovative Canadian operatic stage director Alaina Viau. As we are designing the upcoming launch of her custom website, we recently caught up with Alaina at one of Toronto’s best coffee spots, Jet Fuel Coffee. So grab your favourite cup of java and get to know a little about this exciting & creative director.
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Le Nozze di Figaro – Toronto City Opera
Tell us a little about yourself?
I am a stage director and creator, cat lady and scotch enjoyer!
Operatic Stage Director- Alaina Viau
What inspires you with stage direction?
Real life in very inspirational. I feel a great need to provide an artistic experience that is rooted in current situations and experiences. For example, La Traviata where Violetta is dying of Cancer and is in a gay relationship that is not approved of and creating new works that explore our current lives, our shared history with the land and the people that have immigrated here. I like to dig into strongly acted operatic characters. I was highly influenced by great theatre actors and look for this type of character exploration in my singers. I am also inspired to push the use of tech in opera and how it can be used to push the genre.
Cendrillon- South Ottawa Preforming Arts Collective
What is key to growing new audiences to opera?
We have to tell stories that people (not just the usual theatre/opera goers) can connect with and market it that way.
L’histoire du Soldat – Toronto Summer Music Festival & Loose Tea Music Theatre
What lies ahead for you in the 2019/2020 operatic directing season?
2019/20 is looking really exciting! I will be premiering Singing only Softly in November, by composer Cecilia Livingston, librettist Monica Pearce and dramaturged/directed by me with Loose Tea Music Theatre. It is about the redacted and missing pages of Anne Frank’s diary, telling a story about her coming of age in the secret Annex, her desires (emotionally and sexually) and her incredible self-awareness. This is a work entirely lead by women.
I will also be premiering, Carmen #YesAllWomen that is based on Bizet’s work but with a contemporary telling and libretto and a new score based on R&B and hip hop styles.
I am also headed into research and development on a new full length opera/inter-disciplinary piece based on Dusty Rose Lake in BC (the only fresh water PINK COLOURED LAKE from glacial run off) that will be looking at Indigenous, Norwegian and current folklores while creating art film and explorative dance styles (combining classical ballet/contemporaty and traditional fancy dance)
Keep an eye on my social media for details and experiences as I move toward these incredible pieces!
Whose Opera Is It Anyway?
And… most importantly, favourite type or style of coffee?
Thats an easy one- A small latte with raw sugar!