New Opera 101 is intended not only as a tool for the growth of artists but as a way for Tapestry to discover emerging talent. On January 31 and February 1st, 2014, Tapestry will offer a two day intensive for singers and collaborative pianists. Artistic Director and stage director Michael Mori, star mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó, and collaborative pianist Dr. Christopher Foley will coach participants and address the demanding role of singers and pianists in interpreting new opera. Each performer will be coached in an aria or duet from the Tapestry Songbook – a library of produced operas from Tapestry’s 33 year history. Participants may have the opportunity to perform alongside Ms. Szabó and Dr. Foley on the evening of Saturday February 1st, in the The Tapestry Songbook concert.Although there are several confirmed pianists in the workshop, we are still looking for two more. In case you're interested, Tapestry is offering a discounted workshop fee of $100 for the entire workshop(!) which includes two days of coachings with Krisztina, Michael Mori, and myself, as well as a mainstage performance at the Tapestry Songbook event on Saturday night.
If you're able to be in Toronto at the end of January and are interested in developing the skillset for coaching contemporary opera as a pianist, this is definitely a workshop that you should consider.
For more information you can email Michael Mori at mmori [at] tapestryopera dot com. You can also email me at collaborativepiano [at] gmail dot com for further details. The extended deadline is Friday, January 10. There probably isn't time to submit a recording, so a quick reference from a teacher/colleague will be enough.