Following a 2020 season of digital and live shows that reached over 5,000 pairs of eyes and offered work for Canadian artists, Tapestry Opera’s Winter 2021 lineup continues to offer innovation to Toronto’s opera landscape.
Founded in 1979, Tapestry is an award-winning Toronto-based company dedicated to creating, developing and performing original Canadian opera in unconventional settings with world class-artists.
The company announced in a press release that they will be focusing on made-for-digital opera programming after the refitting of its Ernest Balmer Studio as a recording studio in a prolonged pandemic environment. According to the release, the Winter 2021 program will “spark joy, delight and human connection,” while showcasing local talent in three shows.
“Through it all, we will continue to offer audiences all over the world access to our programming for free, sharing the incredible work of Canadian artists with everyone,” said
Executive Director Jaime Martino in the release.
In A Joke Before the Gallows [please note this performance has been postponed until Apr. 24th], acclaimed pianist Adam Sherkin performs a musical story brimming with gallows humour and celebrating the dramatic music of Chopin, directed by Tom Diamond, with text by David James Brock, in co-production with The Piano Lunaire.
In the second show, Our Song D’Hiver on Feb. 27th, soprano Mireille Asselin explores her connection to the shared and unique elements of English-speaking and French-speaking culture. In their final offering on Mar. 27th, Tapestry presents Where Do I Go? with early-career powerhouse pianist Morgan-Paige Melbourne in a multidisciplinary performance combining piano and dance.
“This season will continue to expand the boundaries of opera and classical music, while embracing the potential of the small screen and how differently audiences engage there,” said General and Artistic Director Michael Mori. “We are thrilled to continue to feature some of Canada’s best singers as well as our rare Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano, brought to life through innovative collaborations with fantastic artists.”
Stay tuned for more information on this exciting, accessible season to be released.