Magazine article Opera Canada

Tapestry New Opera Works. (Canada: Toronto)

Magazine article Opera Canada

Tapestry New Opera Works. (Canada: Toronto)

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Tapestry New Opera Works' artistic director Wayne Strongman had a great idea behind Opera To Go. He gave young composers and librettists a chance to experiment with short, 15-minute operas as a prelude to more substantial works, then put together a first-rate instrumental and vocal ensemble in a production directed and designed by top guns. The result was an exhilarating evening of contemporary opera. Leva Jurjane's brilliant set cunningly transformed itself to suit the needs of four very different pieces, while Banuta Rubess used all her legendary directing skills to force the drama out of each story.

The most successful was the hilarious, yet disturbing Lisa, composed by Omar Daniel with a libretto by Alex Poch-Goldin. Mezzo-soprano Rebecca Hass was a perfectionist schoolgirl, harassing her teacher (tenor Peter Blanchet) over a low mark, with baritone Steven Pitkanen and soprano Laura Whalen as her screamingly funny school friends. Daniel and Poch-Goldin are a team who understand keying music to lyrics. Their use of monologues and ensembles was skilful, the atmosphere was wonderfully varied and, more to the point, the whole was richly dramatic.

Hass and Pitkanen were also the performers in the philosophical Haiku Moments, composed by Erik Ross with libretto by Jovanni Sy, in which an elderly haiku master verbally abuses his bride for her lack of understanding of haiku, only to have the tables turned on him when she throws the rules of haiku back in his face. …

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