The competition to be the most interesting and innovative indie opera company in Toronto is fierce and Tapestry Opera’s season announcement definitely places them as one of the leading contenders. As well as the usual interesting line up of workshops etc there are two brand new fully staged works and a collaboration with a punk band. Details under the cut.
This year’s Tap:Ex is titled Metallurgy and features experimental punk band Fucked Up together with COC regulars Krisztina Szabó and David Pomeroy. This one runs November 19th to 21st at the Ernest Balmer Studio. Details here.
The first staged show is a co-production with Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales based on a Robert Louis Stevenson called The Devil Inside. It will play at Harbourfront Centre from March 10th to 13th 2016 and will feature largely Scottish Opera forces including their orchestra. The libretto is by Louise Welch with music by Stuart MacRae. Matthew Richardson directs with Michael Rafferty conducting, The Anglo-Irish cast features Rachel Kelly, Nicholas Sharratt, Ben McAtteer and Steven Page. Details here.
The second staged show is another collaboration with Scottish Opera, Rocking Horse Winner, based on a short story by DH Lawrence. The librettist is Toronto’s Anna Chatterton with music by Glasgow’s Gareth Williams. Michael Mori will direct with Jordan de Souza conducting. Dates and venue TBC but “Spring 2016” is the word. Details here.
Tapestry Songbook is on February 6th at the Ernest Balmer with Jordan de Souza on piano and established and emerging artists singing. No word yet on LibLab or Tapestry Shorts but there are a couple of PWYC workshops of Julie Tepperman and Chris Thornborrow’s Selfie. They are on October 2nd and 3rd at the Ernest Balmer.
I think it’s a pretty amazing line-up and indicative of the value of the overseas partnerships that tapestry has been able to nurture. Subscriptions are available here and there’s a particularly sweet deal for under 30s and arts workers.