MUO is commissioning a new, original opera! Entitled The Mansplaining Division, this show combines opera, ancient Greek mythology, and 21st century comedy to skewer modern day sexism. We could not be more excited to have composer Laura Gow and writer Karen Remoto hard at work creating this unique show.
If you haven’t had the chance to support this new opera yet, please consider doing so today. You can help write a whole minute of music with a gift of $144 or just $12 a month.
Karen Remoto is one of the co-founders of the Asian Arts Collective of Manitoba. This is a community that brings Asian media artists together to share and create Asian-Canadian diaspora stories. She also currently works as the Program Coordinator at Winnipeg Film Group. Over the years, Karen has worked with 9 different women directors and producers. Her artistic collaborations focus on highlighting women and BIPOC individuals to express their creative, personal stories within the local community.
She's worked on three award winning 48 Hour short films such as Hue Quilted Windowpane, Deeper Shades of Blue and Hot Dog Guy. Her film experiences include being the Production Coordinator on Scopophobia and doing location sound for Rodney Bodner's documentary, Methamphetamine: community under siege, Matthew Van Ginkel's First Sessions and Sean Garrity's recent feature, I Propose We Never See Each Other Again After Tonight. Her musical tastes vary from baroque art pop (Beirut, Owen Pallett), postpunk revival bands (Interpol, The Strokes) and artists that experiment with different genres (FKA Twigs, Rina Sawayama). Other hobbies include photography, traveling and reading. You can view her work here.
Laura Gow (b. 1993) is a Canadian composer from Winnipeg. She started learning guitar at a young age and decided she wanted to pursue a career in music shortly thereafter. Her influences range from metal to pop to Middle Eastern, all of which can be heard in her compositions. Laura completed her B.Mus in Composition at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music in 2017 and is currently focused on creating opera that is more accessible and less long-winded.