Originating from Ottawa, Thera’s journey through the theatrical arts began at a very young age. She began singing, as well as taking dancing and acting classes all throughout her elementary school years. Her family was very supportive of her, and her father in particular gave Thera the attention and interest that pushed her to pursue opera. After completing her first year of Master of Music in Opera at the University of British Columbia, Thera is ready for Poppea! With years of previous opera experience under her belt, Thera is a team-oriented, charismatic individual who will surely bring a lot to the table. Thera is excited to be a part of sharing stories and music to the younger generations and keeping the opera culture live and well. Thera is also keen to identify and recognize the cultural appropriations, sexism, and racism that has existed in operas in the past, and how to work with them going forward. As Thera puts it so beautifully, “It’s one thing to change the costumes and the sets, it’s another to navigate integral plot details that are inappropriate and offensive to today’s audiences. The balance lies in finding ways to acknowledge and confront the offensive material, but doing so without compromising the integrity of the work.”
It is blatantly clear that Thera Barclay would make an absolutely outstanding addition to the Halifax Summer Opera Festival of 2018!