Magazine article Opera Canada

Toronto

Magazine article Opera Canada

Toronto

Article excerpt

Composer Christos Hatzis's interdisciplinary music-theatre piece, Constantinople, presented by Tapestry New Opera Works, Music Toronto and the Gryphon Trio, was staggeringly beautiful. The eight-section work portrays the collisions of cultures at the heart of one of the world's most exciting and significant cities through music, song and visual projections. Live musicians and singers, along with a collage of images, were set against Hatzis's taped music. The gorgeous set by Bernard White was made up of hanging, abstract, Oriental sculptures with cunningly placed transparent screens, while Heather MacCrimmon's costumes moved from sombre robes to more revealing Eastern-inspired femininity by just removing an outer layer. Director/choreographer Marie-Joseee Chartier was clever and economical in her placement. In short, Constantinople was a towering achievement that was a lavish assault on the senses, and, at its best, a monumental fusion of many arts, rendered by an amazing array of very talented artists.

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However, eventually there was a certain sameness that overcame the production. …

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