Hey, Judge! What are you all about?
I work primarily in opera. I am the Artistic Director of Opera 5 – a boutique opera company in Toronto that focuses on producing unpretentious operas that engage with other art forms. We recently took home the Critic’s Choice Award for best overall production at the 2013 Ottawa Fringe, and produced an evening of spooky operas based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe. We also have a webseries called Opera Cheats which deconstructs operatic plots and conventions for the uninitiated. Outside of Opera 5 I’m a freelance director and stage manager working across the continent from Montreal, to Boston, to Calgary, or wherever the wind takes me.
What will you be looking for in an ideal competitor?
I model my life after RuPaul, so I am looking for the actor who shows me the most Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent.
What sort of Celebrity Guest Judge(™) will you be?
The goal for any Celebrity Judge(™) should be a balance between Paula Abdul and Blake Shelton. So I guess I will be a charming, potentially drunk, southern belle judge. Make of that what you will.
What is your advice to competitors?
Feel your gig and work it out, and if all else fails, break out into song!
Will any of our Cyrano de BEERgerac competitors take Aria’s advice? Will we have any impromptu songs? Find on Friday: tickets here.