Tapestry Opera have just announced the upcoming 2022/23 season from their new secret HQ location. It’s exciting and looks much like a Tapestry pre-plague season. There are two brand new operas plus old favourites like Tapestry Briefs, Songbook and so on.
Here’s the line up – new operas first:
- March 25th – April 1st 2023 at the Bluma Appel Theatre it’s Of the Sea; a new opera with text by Kanika Ambrose and music by Ian Cusson. Jennifer Tung conducts and Philiop Akin directs. “Of the Sea follows the story of Maduka, his daughter Binyelum, and fellow Africans thrown overboard during the Middle Passage who now populate mythical underwater kingdoms that span the ocean floor”. I’m excited.
- June 15th to 19th 2023 at Harbour Front Centre’s Concert Stage (that’s the outdoor one) it’s the long awaited Dragon’s Tale. The music is by Chan Ka Nin with words by Mark Brownell. Michael Mori directs and David Fallis conducts. The opera “follows a young Canadian woman Xiao Lian as she struggles with her traditionalist father and his declining health. Her world mysteriously transforms into pre-empire China and follows the tragic story of the famous poet Qu Yuan… who bears a striking resemblance to her father.”
And the other shows:
- October 27th to 30th 2022 at the Alliance Française Theatre it’s Tapestry Briefs: Les Shorts qui chantent Tim Albery leads a production of never seen before opera sketches, shorts and scenes, created by Canadian composers and librettists with a bilingual twist.
- February 10th and 11th, 2023 at tba it’s Songbook XII. The usual mentors and mentees affair with goodies from the Tapestry back catalogue.
- Somewhere and some time it will be A Joke Before the Gallows. Adam Sherkin plays Chopin’s four scherzi with monolgues by David James Brock. Tom Diamiond will direct a hybrid live/digital show.
Also on-line video releases of Gould’s Wall and R.U.R. A Torrent of Light.