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the queen in me

 
 
Queer Arts Festival 2019. Photo by Tallulah.

Queer Arts Festival 2019. Photo by Tallulah.

“I had to tell her story, then I had to tell mine.”

— Teiya Kasahara

Since late 2016, Teiya has begun creating theatre, playwriting and performing in an opera-inspired solo theatre show called The Queen In Me, originated during the Emerging Creators Unit at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre during the 2016-2017 season.

Teiya Kasahara (they/them), a biracial, masculine non-binary female artist, takes inspiration from their career as a professional opera singer alongside their lived experiences as a queer, feminist, person of colour to re-imagine the Queen of the Night, one of opera’s most infamous “fallen women,” and places her in the centre of a metaphor for silenced and discarded women everywhere. The curtain rises mid-performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, at the beginning of the Queen of the Night’s highly anticipated aria, Der Hölle Rache. However, this time, the work comes to a halt as the Queen stakes a stand against her expected traditional female narrative and tells her story in her own words for the first time – at a cost.

The Queen In Me explores the constraints of conventional opera roles and their reliance on gender and sex stereotypes, and explodes traditional expectations of demure muses and femme fatales by turning opera on its head. Combining Mozart’s infamous “fallen woman” the Queen of the Night rebels against her expected narrative and refuses to finish the opera. She reveals her own story through monologue, spoken word and unexpected operatic excerpts in a highly theatrical piece that is powerful, funny and uplifting. The Queen In Me serves as a critique of the opera industry and a reimagining of what it could be. Created and performed by Teiya Kasahara, and directed by Andrea Donaldson.

 
 
 
 

PROMO VIDEO

 
 
 
 
 

IN DEVELOPMENT

 
 

The Queen In Me is produced by Amplified Opera and Theatre Gargantua’s SideStream Cycle and is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

The work is currently in development and will see its world premiere in the 2020-2021 season in Toronto. Sign up for Teiya’s newsletter to stay in the loop with TQIM’s development.

“Here our truths collide, all sung unamplified.”

- Queen of the Night from The Queen In Me

 
 
 
 

PERFORMANCES

 
 

From 2017-2019 various excerpt performances were presented as the piece has developed:

UP NEXT

  • World Premiere projected for 2020 in Toronto!

 
 
 

PHOTOS

 
 

Click on the photos below to view

Photos 1-12: Queer Arts Festival, June 2019, Rachel Iwaasa on the piano. Photos by Tallulah.

Photos 13-24: Royal Ontario Museum - Friday Night Live, Nov 2018, David Eliakis on the piano. Photos by Yolanda Ferrato and Catherine Wilcox.

Photos 25-28: SummerWorks Open Studios, Aug 2018. Photos Henry Chan.

Photos 29-36: Tapestry Opera Tap This: A Queerated Opera Series - “The Queen In Me/The Queer of the Night”, June 2018 with David Eliakis on the piano.

 
 
 

PRESS

 
 

TELEVISION INTERVIEW

CityTV’s Breakfast Television: “Queer Arts Festival Preview” - June 20, 2019

By Riaz Meghji https://www.btvancouver.ca/videos/queer-arts-festival-preview/

ARTICLE

The Vancouver Sun: “Live show questions opera's sour soprano note” - June 12, 2019

By Dana Gee https://vancouversun.com/entertainment/local-arts/live-show-questions-operas-sour-soprano-note

Article

The Georgia Straight: “Opera gets inclusive at Queer Arts Fest” - June 12, 2019

by Janet Smith https://www.straight.com/arts/1253681/opera-gets-inclusive-queer-arts-fest

BLOG POST

John’s Opera Ramblings: “Queer of the Night” - June 10, 2018

By John Gilks https://operaramblings.blog/2018/06/10/queer-of-the-night/

promo video

Tapestry Opera: “Tapestry Opera joins forces with Pride Toronto” - June 8, 2018

By Darren Bryant https://youtu.be/qV6eeAc7WSM

ARTICLE 

CBC Arts: “Opera's massive queer fanbase rarely sees itself reflected on stage — this series is changing that” - June 7, 2018

By Laura Kenins https://www.cbc.ca/arts/opera-s-massive-queer-fanbase-rarely-sees-itself-reflected-on-stage-this-series-is-changing-that-1.4695244

ARTICLE 

Ludwig van Toronto: “Tapestry Opera’s Queerated Opera Series Is A Fresh Way to Start Your Toronto Pride” - June 6, 2018

By Matthew Timmerman https://www.ludwig-van.com/toronto/2018/06/06/primer-tapestry-operas-queerated-opera-series-is-a-fresh-way-to-start-your-toronto-pride/

VIDEO INTERVIEW 

Tapestry Opera: “Being Gay and Female on Stage” - June 1, 2018

By Darren Bryant https://youtu.be/HE86dkCmEfY

ARTICLE 

Tapestry Opera: “Queen of the Night misbehaves” - June 1, 2018

By Linda Rogers https://tapestryopera.com/queen-of-the-night-misbehaves/

 
 
 
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