Hello Ottawa!

I have arrived in your beautiful (and freeeeeezing) city for the Canadian New Music Network national conference, FORUM 2016.

This is my first CNMN FORUM, but it won’t be my last! I’m very excited to be among these new music lovelies. See the featured guests here: FORUM featured guests

On Friday morning at 11:45 I’ll be giving a presentation called “In Pursuit of Balance” at Freimann Hall, Perez Building, Ottawa University. It’s a 15-minute talk (small performance intro!) on work-life balance. I’m looking forward to starting this important (and oh-so-relevant) conversation.

After the talk, please join me on my Facebook page and/or on Twitter to keep the conversation going: SHARE YOUR TIPS, TRIALS, and TRIBULATIONS.

Use the hashtag #InPursuitOfBalance 

Click here for my Facebook page: Maureen Batt, soprano

Click here for my Twitter account: @Operaredhead

A detailed description of all FORUM sessions and activities can be found here (descriptions) and the timetable is here (timetable).

I will also be presenting with my other half, Erin Bardua, under our Essential Opera hats. On Saturday from 4:00-4:30 we will be chatting about new opera beyond commissioning. Join us! We’ll be in the Perez Building, room 113A.

I haven’t had the chance to update my schedule page. In the meantime, you can always follow me on social media (see above) for up-to-date comings and goings. And you can sign up for email notifications (I don’t flood inboxes, promise).  Here are some of my recent and upcoming performances:


February 12, 2016: Opera Valentine, Opera Nova Scotia. Halifax, NS

March 13, 20, 2016: Crossing Borders – Canadian/American art song and opera recital. Cheryl Duvall, piano. Philadelphia, PA/Toronto, ON

April 8, 2016: She’s the One, contemporary Canadian and American opera excerpts with Essential Opera. Toronto, ON

June 19-25, 2016: The Mikado (Yum Yum), Maritime Concert Opera, South Shore tour, NS

June 2016: Lady of the Lake workshop premiere of Fiona Ryan’s song cycle and Schubert’s Op. 52. Simon Docking, piano. NS


October 2015: Regina (Anna) with Essential Opera and The Gilsig Series in Jewish Arts & Culture. Halifax, NS

October 2015: Time of Trouble (Sister Francis). Première of new opera by Elizabeth Raum. MCO. Lunenburg/Halifax, NS

November 2015: TBA iii emerging guest composers with Toy Piano Composers. Music Gallery, Toronto, ON

December 2015: Soloist with the Fredericton Ladies Choir, Fredericton, NB

December 2015: From Away Cabaret, Carleton Bar, Halifax, NS