Saturday April 20 @ 7:30 p.m. at the Van Dusen Gardens in Vancouver: a performance of the complete set of The Sex Lives of Vegetables - fifteen songs for soprano, clarinet and piano written to the magical poetry of Lorna Crozier. Lorna will be there to read!
Soprano: Heather Pawsey; Clarinet: AK Coope; Piano: Rachel Iwaasa.
Thursday May 9: as Music Director of Naomi's Road, Leslie will take part in a panel discussion in the Opera America conference which is being held in Vancouver this year. Vancouver Opera's Naomi's Road and Close to Home Panel Session
1:00 PM — 2:45 PM, May 9 2013 at the O'Brien Centre for Vancouver Opera
Close to Home: Community Sourcing with Artistic Excellence
Opera companies are creating work for new and specific communities in their regions that are artistically ambitious. What are the thoughtful approaches of identifying and engaging in relationships with community members who have stories to share, but may be new to opera? In expanding the repertoire, how do we hold these projects to the same artistic standards that reflect the vision of the company? Learn from colleagues who have developed operas that have strong musical and thematic relevance to their communities.
August 5/7/9 At the Roundhouse in Vancouver: three performances of When The Sun Comes Out -
Leslie's new chamber opera - for three singers and instrumental ensemble. Composed to a libretto by poet Rachel Rose, When The Sun Comes Out is Canada's first lesbian opera.
- The Vancouver contemporary music ensemble Standing Wave has commissioned Leslie Uyeda to write a piece in memory of the late playwright and librettist Tom Cone, who was such a strong supporter of new music and new music performers in Vancouver, B.C. The premiere will take place in November 2012.