Luka Kawabata | Vancouver, British Columbia
Nikkei-Canadian baritone Luka Kawabata was featured as a member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist’s Program at Vancouver Opera in last season’s digital productions of The Music Shop as Dmitri and Carmen: Up Close and Personal as Escamillo.
While participating in the Banff Centre’s Opera in the 21st Century program, Luka has also been selected for Manitoba Opera’s Digital Emerging Artist Program. Recent credits include the title role in Don Giovanni, Lieutenant Audebert in Silent Night, and Tadeusz in the Canadian Premiere of Pasażerka (The Passenger) with the UBC Opera Ensemble, as well as Owl in Vancouver Opera/Pacific Opera Victoria’s school tour of The Flight of the Hummingbird. Luka has been featured in concert performances including St. John’s Passion, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Peter Grimes.
He holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia under the instruction of Peter Barcza.
Imposter - 詐欺師 - Bedragare
“Imposter - 詐欺師 - Bedragare” is recital series that explores the intersections of identity and looks to battle their socially-imposed imposter syndrome. As a first generation, queer person of colour, I’ve personally battled with oppression from multiple aspects of my identity. The goal of this recital series is to empower the multidimensionality of the human experience and find strength in uniqueness.
The featured works will include “Wakaremichi 別れ道 (Divided Path)”, a Japanese folk song composed by Takashi Inomoto with text by Rumi Kineta, as well as “När jag för mig själv i mörka skogen går (When I walk in the dark forest by myself)”, a Swedish folk song composed by Wilhelm Peterson-Berger.
These two songs linguistically represent two sides of my racial identity. The text of both songs speak of a journey to self-discovery, which alludes to my queer lived experience. These pieces are set to visuals of my personal past experiences, my exposure to my identity and the representation that the journey is ongoing. I do not wish for the pieces to stand alone, but to tell the story of a cultural union.
As the project can grow, there is room for future works to be added to the series, as seen fit. The setting of pieces from varying countries and language, which all represent themes of journey, growth and identity, allows for a balanced representation of my past and present lived experience.