Over the next little while, we’ll be checking in with members of our Canadian Opera Company family to find out how they’re keeping busy at home during this time of physical distancing. From their latest Netflix binge to testing new recipes to establishing a work-from-home routine, they’ll share what keeps them grounded and entertained.
Marjorie Owens – Soprano
Richard Strauss’ Elektra
Marjorie was one of our Turandots in Puccini's Turandot this past fall and was meant to perform the role of Senta in Wagner's The Flying Dutchman this spring.
I’ve been studying this role recently because I’ll make my debut singing her next season. I’ve always adored Strauss but especially the crazy Strauss: Elektra
, Die Frau ohne Schatten
, Ariadne auf Naxos
. So I’ve been excited to delve into Elektra
. Her insanity has kept me sane during this pandemic! Lizzo
So I’ve been having quite a few solo dance parties in my apartment since the Stay at Home order here in Virginia. Lizzo is one of my favourite artists so I’ve been blasting “Truth Hurts” and “Karaoke” and dancing like no one is watching. The West Wing
During the self-quarantine, I’ve been staying in touch with friends and family. A wonderful colleague, Crystal Manich, has never seen Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing
so we’re having watch parties from afar to tackle the first season. It’s one of my favourite series because of its witty banter, optimism, honesty, and humour.
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Photo credits: Marjorie Owens, photo: Simon Pauly Photography; photo courtesy of the artist; Lizzo performing, photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc Nation; Anita Rachvelishvili as Carmen in Carmen (COC, 2016), photo: Michael Cooper.