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January 20, 2022

Holding Space for Disabled & Chronically Ill Opera Artists in Canada: Session 3

Hosted by Opera Mariposa

Loose Tea Music Theatre and Opera Mariposa are excited to announce the third of four sessions in our #HoldingSpace series for disabled and chronically ill artists in the Canadian opera industry. Join us in a safe, supportive space to network, foster dialogue and build community, and to discuss ideas for actionable change.

The 'Holding Space' series is open to Canadian opera artists, arts workers, creators and students (whether at home or 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.

Let's continue to work on #MakingOperaAccessible!


This 90-minute event takes place on Zoom with automatic captions; links will be sent by email before the event. ASL-English interpretation, sponsored by Tapestry Opera, is available upon request. Please send an email to admin@looseteamusictheatre.com by Monday, January 17, 2022, with interpretation requests. Attendees are encouraged to feel comfortable turning their cameras on or off as they prefer, and to take breaks as needed.


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.