Tapestry Opera has now announced its upcoming season. There are three shows. The season begins in November with Naomi’s Road; libretto by Ann Hodges based on the novel by Joy Kogawa with music by Ramona Luengen. Set in Vancouver during the Second World War, the opera follows 9-year-old Japanese-Canadian girl Naomi and her brother, whose lives are upturned when they are sent to internment camps in the BC interior and Alberta. It runs November 16th to 20th at St. David’s Anglican Church, the home of the last Japanese-Canadian Anglican parish in Toronto.
Tapestry Songbook returns in February. As usual it will feature a selection from the company’s back catalogue. Tapestry Songbook VII features Krisztina Szabó and runs February 23rd and 24th in the Ernest Balmer Studio.
The final production is Oksana G., by Colleen Murphy and Aaron Gervais. This has been in the works for a number of years with workshops of both acts having been presented. It’s about human trafficking and the sex trade and it’s pretty powerful. My review of the Act 2 workshop is here though it seems that none of the production rumours turned out. The premiere will be directed by Tom Diamond and conducted by Jordan de Souza now of the Komische Oper Berlin and formerly of this parish. Oksana G will play in the Imperial Oil Opera Theatre of the Canadian Opera Company from May 24th to 30th.