A murdered composer, a lost libretto…could this be Canada’s greatest opera?

By Daniel Thomson for CBC Arts

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Cast of Against the Grain Theatre's Kopernikus at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts. Photo: Against the Grain Theatre
Against the Grain Theatre is making the case that Claude Vivier’s ‘Kopernikus’ is a masterwork.

Against the Grain Theatre is an innovative and nontraditional opera company. The company sings in pubs, invades mansions and does radical things with music, staging and scores. And this summer at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, it set out to revive an opera by Montreal composer Claude Vivier, an artist who had his life cut short in the 1980s.

You may not have heard of Vivier before, but ATG’s founder and artistic director Joel Ivany is using his unusual stage production to make sure you don’t forget Kopernikus, Vivier’s opera about where we go after we leave this mortal coil.

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