Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Tapestry's Opera To Go 2006

Toronto's Tapestry New Opera Works has just announced the performance dates of Opera To Go 2006. The show will run from March 3-18 in association with Soulpepper Theatre Company at the new Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto's Distillery District.

Opera To Go is an evening of five one-act operas commissioned by Tapestry for the event. This production will be held in the brand new Charles and Marilyn Baillie Theatre at the Young Centre. Soulpepper's new facility will feature not one but three new theatres which will pull potentially well over 500 theatregoers nightly into the Distillery District, which recently seems to have reached critical mass as a first-rate arts district although it was an abandoned factory complex only five years ago.

The composer/librettist teams have also been announced: Rose Bolton/Jill Battson, Darren Fung/Betty Jane Wylie, Aaron Gervais/Colleen Murphy, Richard Payne/Joseph Maviglia, and Andrew Staniland/Jill Battson.

One of the most interesting things about this project is that even though the workshop for the show will begin in early January leading to an early March opening, the composer/librettist teams were only chosen in October, with a five-month period from commission to opening.

I am glad to report that I will be the repetiteur for the production as well as pianist in the ensemble for the performances. There will be many more upcoming posts on this project as it gathers steam.

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