Oksana G.

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario celebrates Oksana G. World Premiere

On March 29, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, hosted a reception in honour of the upcoming world premiere of Oksana G.  Invited guests learned about the opera and were delighted by spotlight performances by leading opera artists from Tapestry’s 2016-17 Season

Music by Aaron Gervais | Libretto by Colleen Murphy

A Tapestry Opera Production

May 24, 2017 – 8pm
May 26, 2017 – 8pm
May 28, 2017 – 3pm
May 30, 2017 – 8pm

Imperial Oil Opera Theatre, 227 Front St. E

Oksana G. is the story of Oksana, a young Ukrainian woman lured into the world of sex trafficking by a recruiter who unexpectedly falls in love with her. Oksana escapes to a refugee shelter in Brindisi, Italy, where she finds herself entangled in a battle to regain her own strength. With a fierce heroine battling overwhelming odds, Oksana G. challenges operatic conventions and offers an uncompromising portrayal of human trafficking. Led by acclaimed director Tom Diamond (Iron Road, The Shadow) and rising-star conductor Jordan de Souza (M’dea Undone, Rocking Horse Winner), this opera is staged in the Imperial Oil Opera Theatre. With the power of a full orchestra and chorus, Oksana G. is Tapestry Opera’s most significant endeavor in over 15 years.

Starring:
Natalya Gennadi– Oksana
Keith Klassen – Konstantin
Adam Fisher – Father Alexander
Krisztina Szabó – Sofiya (Oksana’s Mother)

Natalya Gennadi, Oksana G. Photo by melissalerouxphotography.com
Keith Klassen, Konstantin
Krisztina Szabó – Sofiya
Adam Fisher – Father Alexander

Artistic Statement: “Opera is about emotional communication; nothing makes an audience relate with a character the way opera does. At the same time, sex trafficking is so prevalent and so terrible that it tends to be dehumanized. Therefore, the story of sex trafficking needs to be told in a way that makes us intuitively realize how real it is. We all know the facts, but we need to feel the plight of a normal girl who gets trapped in this situation; feel that it could have just as easily been us, or our sisters, or our daughters. There are great movies and documentaries about sex trafficking, and afterwards we think, ‘Isn’t that terrible?’ then we forget about it and go on with our lives. Knowing intellectually is an important first step but it isn’t enough. After the Oksana G. opera, we think, ‘That could have been me!’. It is that kind of realization that can galvanize an individual to step up and make a difference in the lives of others. That’s why this story had to be told as an opera.”

– Aaron Gervais & Colleen Murphy

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