Serious Vocalists Attempting an Unserious Party Trick

2013, HD video, 25'08", looped

Produced for the Canadian Opera Company's Operanation event, this video documents members of the cast and ensemble attempting to break various wine glasses using their voices. Drawing equally from the classic opera cliché as well as the many amateur Youtube videos that pay homage to it, this piece investigates the roles that skill and expertise play. After many strenuous attempts, it begins to appear as though serious formal training might in fact be more of a liability than an asset when attempting such an absurd pursuit. Thanks to the performers, the Canadian Opera Company and Tracy Briggs.
View the video below (please note that it is loud.)