QUEER OPERA conversations

This informal video series is about connecting with LGBTQIA artists and allies to discuss making the world a more interesting, diverse, and equitable place through opera.

Conceived during the COVID-19 quarantine, the series joins founder Chuck Dillard and his guests in their homes across the world as they talk opera, queerness, and whatever else comes to mind.

Christopher Dylan Herbert and

Timothy Long

This very special interview with couple Herbert and Long touches on Indigenous storylines in opera, time management, starting out in the opera industry, and so much more!

July 3, 2020

Emily Kern

Houston-based soprano Emily Kern is an up-and-coming artist with a passion for new and unconventional works. Hear what she has to say about lesbian storylines and representation in opera, and more!

June 19 2020

Holden Madagame

In this conversation, tenor Holden Madagame gives insight into finding a teacher for a transitioning voice, the new opera Good Country, and being out and proud in the opera industry.

June 12 2020

Lucia Lucas

Baritone Lucia Lucas talks about upcoming projects, three facets of transitioning, making art during quarantine, and much more.

May 29, 2020

Liz Cass

Hear mezzo soprano and opera producer Liz Cass discuss the development of the world's first all-female La bohème - La femme bohème - and more!

May 22, 2020

Sam Peters, Helen Soultanian, and Maeve Stier

Three pioneering QO alums discuss their experiences during our first two seasons.

May 14, 2020

Daniel Mobbs

In the first video in this series, bass baritone Daniel Mobbs discusses his experiences with queerness and the opera industry.

May 3, 2020

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I want to be a part of Queer Opera not only because I want the opportunity to learn and perform unconventional repertoire, but because I want to meet and work with other likeminded young artists.  I want to be around for something as interesting and unique as Queer Opera because it is exactly the kind of program that I would love to be able to support, study, and start in other places if I were to find myself somewhere with the means later in life.

Maddy Tran, soprano

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