Opera And Disability



Q&A with Jacqueline Ko.


May 12th is the International Awareness Day for chronic neuroimmune diseases. To shine a light on these extremely prevalent yet little-known conditions, I caught up with performer, producer and disability advocate Jacqueline Ko, an award-winning Canadian soprano and co-founder of Opera Mariposa who has lived with the neuroimmune disease Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) since the age of six.

Have you always known that you wanted to be a singer?

I’ve always loved music. As a child I sang in the school choir, played in the school band, took Kodály and music theory and piano lessons – though I eventually had to give up piano after I got ME, because it wound up being too hard on my hands and arms.


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