Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Sanctuary Song Premieres This Weekend at Luminato in Toronto

An opera about an elephant?

That's precisely what Tapestry New Opera Works and Theatre Direct are producing this weekend in partnership with Luminato. Sanctuary Song, created by composer Abigail Richardson and librettist Marjorie Chan (and featured in a workshop I played in nearly a year ago), opens this weekend at the Berkeley Street Theatre, which chronicles the life of a remarkable elephant and her friendship with a dedicated zookeeper:
A remarkable 22‐year friendship between man and creature
culminates in a promise of freedom fulfilled and a joyful reunion when, after decades in captivity, an Asian elephant is brought to sanctuary.

Along the journey, her memories of childhood in the jungle, circus life and her solitary days in the zoo come alive through the emotional power of opera, evocative dance and stunning design.

Inspired by a true story, Sanctuary Song is the result of a dynamic collaboration between two award‐winning Toronto companies, who come together to tell a story from the point of view of a most unusual protagonist. An unforgettable opera for all ages. Sanctuary Song was commissioned by Theatre Direct , with support from the Laidlaw Foundation, and developed in partnership with Tapestry New Opera Works with support from the Canadian Opera Creation Program at
Sanctuary Song features soprano Xin Wang, baritone Alvin Crawford, dancer Sharmila Dey, and actor Frank Cox-O'Connell. The production is directed by Lynda Hill with musical direction by Wayne Strongman.

Ticket information for the world premiere run:
PREVIEW: June 6 at 7pm

June 7 at 1pm (World Premiere)
June 8 at 2pm and 6:30pm
June 11, 12 & 13 at 7pm
June 14 at 2pm & 7pm

June 4 & 5 at 12:30pm (School Previews)
June 10, 11 & 12 at 12:30pm (School Matinees)

For Public Performances
$25 adults
$15 children & students
$70 family pack (4 people/must include one person under the age of 14)
For School Performances:
$8 for all School Previews (June 4 & 5)
$12 for all School Matinees (June 10, 11 & 12)
For the Gala World Premiere & Reception (June 7)
$150 Gala family pack (4 people/must include one person under the age of 14)
*performance‐only tickets also available for the June 7 world premiere

BOX OFFICE: 416‐368‐3110 /
or in person at Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street. Toronto, ON
Also available at
For all School Performances 416‐537‐6066 x224 or education [at]
Sanctuary Song website
Facebook event listing
Full press release
Tapestry New Opera Works website
Theatre Direct website
Luminato website

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