Dora Awards
Siman Chung (Orphée) and Mireille Asselin (Eurydice) in Against the Grain Theatre, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Opera Columbus' production of Orphée. Photo: Darryl Block Photography

June 26th, 2018: The recipients of the 39th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards were announced last night in Toronto at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, with the collaborative production of Orphée dominating the opera division with an impressive five-award win. Presented jointly by Against the Grain Theatre, The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Opera Columbus, Orphée took home Doras for Outstanding Production, Outstanding Female Performance by Marcy Richardson, Outstanding Ensemble Performance, Outstanding Costume Design by Zane Pihlstrom and Outstanding Choreography by Austin McCormick.

Dora Awards
Marcy Richardson (Amour) and Siman Chung (Orphée) in Against the Grain Theatre, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Opera Columbus’ production of Orphée. Photo: Darryl Block Photography

With a total of three Doras, Tapestry Opera, Vancouver Opera and Canadian Stage’s The Overcoat was also recognized for an Outstanding Male Performance by Geoffrey Sirett (who was recently featured on our cover!), Outstanding Scenic Design by Ken MacDonald and Outstanding Lighting Design by Alan Brodie.

Dora Awards
Geoffrey Sirett (Akakiy) and Colin Heath (under coat) in Tapestry Opera/ Canadian Stage/Vancouver Opera’s The Overcoat: A Musical Tailoring. Photo: Dahlia Katz

We would like to congratulate these Dora winners for their well-deserved achievements:

Winners: OPERA DIVISION

Outstanding Production:

Orphée: Against the Grain Theatre in association with Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity and Opera Columbus

Outstanding Performance- Male

Geoffrey Sirett in The Overcoat – a musical tailoring Canadian Stage co-production with Tapestry Opera and Vancouver Opera

Outstanding Performance – Female

Marcy Richardson in Orphée: Against the Grain Theatre in association with Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity and Opera Columbus

Outstanding Performance – Ensemble

The Ensemble: The Ensemble Dancers of Company XIV in Orphée: Against the Grain Theatre in association with Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity and Opera Columbus

Outstanding Scenic Design

Ken MacDonald for The Overcoat – a musical tailoring Canadian Stage co-production with Tapestry Opera and Vancouver Opera

Outstanding Costume Design

Zane Pihlström for Orphée: Against the Grain Theatre in association with Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity and Opera Columbus

Outstanding Lighting Design

Alan Brodie for The Overcoat – a musical tailoring Canadian Stage co-production with Tapestry Opera and Vancouver Opera

Outstanding Choreography

Austin McCormick for Orphée: Against the Grain Theatre in association with Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity and Opera Columbus

To catch the latest (and now award-winning) showing of Orphée, check out The Banff Centre’s production coming up on July 12th and look out for our feature on all of this summer’s Banff opera offerings in our late fall issue.

Congratulations to all!