Lately I've been directing a video for Canada's PopToOpera Trio, one of the most diverse singing groups I know. Shot in three sections--Broadway, pop, and opera--on a tiny stage in the basement of a church in Parkdale, it's amazing to see that little space take on the characteristics of so many different locations. It's also great to see the pieces come together as they develop from a series of random shots and low quality camera sound to a fully integrated video with stereo output.
A delightful afternoon spent with Ben Heppner, one of Canada’s great singers. Performed on a simple, elegant set bathed in blue and gold, the program was a refreshing change from the usual cloying lieder, with songs by Greig, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky, followed by arias from Massenet and Wagner, with a final Tosti song.