October 5, 2021
SF Classical Voice
Has Anything Changed? Local Opera Luminaries Respond
Gale-force winds of change have shaken society over the last few years, touching along their path virtually every arts organization. Looking specifically at the world of opera, we contacted five outspoken voices in the local opera scene: soprano Michele Kennedy, mezzo-soprano Nikola Printz, Opera San José Resident Director Tara Branham, soprano Maya Kherani, and soprano Shawnette Sulker. These five cis-female, trans, or nonbinary vocalists — basically, five artists who do not identify as male —responded to a simple three-word question: Has anything changed?