Thursday, December 22, 2005

Operas for Opera To Go Announced

From the Tapestry New Opera Works press release of Dec. 20, here is some further info on Opera To Go, running March 1, 2 (previews), 3, 8, 9, 11, 16, and 17 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto's historic distillery district:

Opera to Go showcases six 15-minute chamber operas by composer-writer teams who were matched in Tapestry’s Composer-Librettist Laboratory, an annual opera "boot camp" that brings together artists of various disciplines to explore the operatic art form. The librettists are playwrights, poets, journalists and screenwriters; the composers have written for film, orchestra, chamber ensembles, soloists, choirs, and multimedia collectives. The programme features composer Richard Payne and librettist Joseph Maviglia’s Binoculars: looking at high art and feeling low, two friends see double at a Dali show; A young woman is caught in a dark triangle of longing, lust and loss in The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G composed by Aaron Gervais with libretto by Colleen Murphy; Netsuke, a poetic meditation (in Haiku) on the precious Japanese objects by composer Rose Bolton and librettist Jill Battson; Ashlike in the Cradle of the Wind by composer Andrew Staniland and librettist Jill Battson, in which the arc of life and the shape of love are changed by AIDS; a grown man seeks his birth mother in Gotcha by composer Darren Fung & librettist Betty Jane Wylie; and a young man finds himself alone in a circle of friends in Unfamiliar by Darren Fung and librettist Dave Deveau.

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