Teiya Kasahara singing from her 5th floor balcony
March 23, 2020
During difficult times, there are many folks who step up, especially front-liners and paramedics, and I acknowledge and thank them. I’ve also never been more grateful to grocery/drug store cashiers in all my life.
What hits me on a personal level is seeing so many of my colleagues and friends, who are musicians, continuing to share their art, despite being some of the first to lose a significant amount of income due to COVID-19.
You may have seen this amazing video of musicians of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra musicians virtually playing together:
If Teiya Kasahara‘s name rings a bell, it’s because they were one of the competing singers at the November 2018 International Resource Centre for Performing Artists held at Zoomer Hall. Teiya is a fierce soprano, defying all stereotypes of what an opera singer looks and dresses like, which I love. While I enjoy a gorgeous strapless gown as much as the next gal, I am 100% behind seeing opera sung by someone in rugged boots and a Buffalo check shirt. (As usual, I’m distracting myself with fashion talk.) Teiya lives in the Queens Quay and Lower Sherbourne area, and is a friend of pianist Andrea Grant, who is on staff at the University of Toronto, head of music at Wexford Opera, and freelances with the Canadian Opera Company and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Andrea conveniently lives two floors below, and through the miracle of technology, they put on some balcony performances over the weekend.
The first is Ave Maria by JS Bach, arr. Gounod. The second is Quando m’en vo’ from Puccini’s opera La boheme. Follow Teiya, as they work on completing 19 videos for the year the virus was discovered, and while I hope the pandemic ends sooner than later, wouldn’t mind at all if they go on to do 2020 of them.
Thank you, Teiya and Andrea, for sharing your music!
Videography by Teiya’s wife, Mel Carroll.