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  • Free Event

November 4, 2021

Holding Space for Disabled & Chronically Ill Opera Artists in Canada

Hosted by Opera Mariposa

Loose Tea Music Theatre and Opera Mariposa are teaming up to present the first of four sessions in our ‘Holding Space’ series for disabled and chronically ill artists in the Canadian opera industry. Join us online to network, foster dialogue and build community in a safe, supportive space - or share your thoughts anonymously ahead of time!

Supported by re:Naissance Opera / IndieFest and ASL sponsor Tapestry Opera.

WHO IS INVITED? Canadian opera artists, arts workers, creators and students (at home and abroad) who identify as disabled/living with a disability or chronic illness. This includes artists with invisible disabilities or health conditions, including mental illness; neurodivergent artists; artists with undiagnosed disabilities; and artists who aren't sure whether they're "disabled enough" to participate.

WHO SHOULD STEP BACK? Non-disabled allies and professional company representatives. While we appreciate your allyship, our goal for these events is to create a space where underrepresented artists feel they can speak openly about their experiences.


This event takes place on Zoom with automatic captions; links will be sent by email the day before the event. ASL interpretation is available on request by Thursday, October 28th. Attendees are encouraged to feel comfortable turning their cameras on or off as they prefer, and to take breaks as needed. Registration for this event is FREE.


Opera Mariposa

Opera Mariposa is a critically-acclaimed company dedicated to #MakingOperaAccessible. As Canada's first entirely, openly disability-run opera company, we create inclusive opportunities for emerging and underrepresented artists, and have been recognized as "[one of] Canada's key indie players" (Opera Canada Magazine). Since 2012, our mainstage productions have been hailed as "well-honed" (Opera Canada), "delightful" (Review Vancouver) and "a stroke of genius" (The Voice), while our annual Benefit + Awareness events have raised over $100,000 for charity to date. Our passion for accessibility has led us to offer a broad array of free community events and digital performances as well as subsidized tickets for underrepresented groups. We also bring audiences commissioned performances through our Repertory Concert Artist Program, and present interdisciplinary works through the Mariposa Theatre Wing. In 2019 we became one of the founding member companies of Indie Opera West, a collective of independent companies dedicated to fostering collaboration and innovation, building capacity, promoting equity and diversity, and advocating for the operatic art form across Western Canada.