Showing posts from May, 2017

Oksana G.: opera for now

Vanessa Wells ‏   @vwellseditor Hootlet More Told @ michaelhmori that I waited @ 10yrs to see #OksanaG since its inception in a @TapestryOpera brief. I knew then it'd be worth the wait! RETWEETS 2 LIKES 5 10:03 PM - 29 May 2017  from  Toronto, Ontario 0 replies 2 retweets 5 likes Reply   Retweet   2 Like   5 View Tweet activity Music by  Aaron Gervais  | Libretto by  Colleen Murphy CAST: Natalya Gennadi – Oksana Keith Klassen  – Konstantin Adam Fisher  – Father Alexander Krisztina Szabó  – Sofiya (Oksana’s Mother) Kim Barber –Aza Aaron Sheppard –Pavlo Jacqueline Wooley– Nataliya Alex Hajek –Yuri Andrea Ludwig –Lyuba Maria Soulis –Clara Neil Craighead –Dima Cairan Ryan –Immigration Officer Erica Iris –Auctioneer A Tapestry Opera Production

The Return/Il Ritorno

They've lost the clown noses but The Return by Circa was an exquisite blend of insanely talented circus art with drama and live Italian baroque chamber music and opera accompaniment. As usual, CanStage brought in innovative programming (and, as usual, some dope brought in their ringing cell phone). At one point, I just sat there being so grateful for the gift of art in my life. Lovely. CREATED BY Yaron Lifschitz with Quincy Grant and the Circa Ensemble MUSIC BY Monteverdi, Grant, Mahler, Pisador and traditional DIRECTOR Yaron Lifschitz COMPOSITION/MUSICAL DIRECTION/ARRANGEMENTS Quincy Grant CIRCA ENSEMBLE Nathan Boyle Marty Evans Nicole Faubert Bridie Hooper Nathan Knowles Todd Kilby Cecilia Martin OPERA SINGERS Kate Howden Benedict Nelson MUSICIANS Pal Banda (Cello) Joe Bronstein (Violin & Viola) Natalie Murray-Beale (Musical Director, Piano, Harpsichord) Cecilia de Santa Maria (Harp) TECHNICAL DIRECTION/LIGHTING DESIGN Jason Organ STAGE DESIGN Yar