WHAT WE DO
Tapestry is a professional theatre and opera producer that creates and produces for the heart of the here and now. In addition to producing a concert and chamber opera season, Tapestry has become an international crossroads for diverse musical and dramatic artists inspired to contribute to the creation and evolution of new opera. Creation begins with multiple collaborations at the Composer-Librettist Laboratory (LibLab), where eight writers and composers are introduced and produce sixteen opera shorts under intense conditions. Successful partnerships may result in commissioning new full length works by Tapestry or by other producers. Evolution exists not only in the content and style of the music and text, but also in performance practice. Tapestry Explorations (Tap:Ex) is Canada’s premiere program for the evolution and advancement of opera performance practice and seeks inspiration from other art forms in both art and popular streams.
Tapestry is also committed to sharing the power of contemporary music and drama in strengthening our communities. The Youth INside Opera Education Program gives youth and children from St. Jamestown, Toronto a full scholarship program to train and mentor with classical and hip hop professionals in the creation and performance of their own opera. New Opera 101 is an annual masterclass and professional debut opportunity for emerging artists with classical training to learn contemporary repertoire and interpretation with leading performers. Our children’s operas, Elijah’s Kite by Camyar Chai & James Rolfe and Get Stuffed by Alexis Diamond & Richard Payne have toured to over 30,000 students across Ontario and have been produced by other companies in Canada and abroad.
Tapestry productions have been nominated for over 33 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, garnering over 11. The most recent world premieres have been Rocking Horse Winner (A. Chatterton, G. Williams) and M’dea Undone (J. Harris, M. Chan) with an upcoming world premiere in 2017.
Some of Tapestry’s most critically acclaimed works include Rocking Horse Winner (G. Williams, A. Chatterton), M’dea Undone (J. Harris, M. Chan), Nigredo Hotel (N. Gotham, A. MacDonald), Sanctuary Song (A. Richardson, M. Chan), Still the Night (T. Tova), and the historic Iron Road (Chan Ka Nin, M. Brownell). Tapestry regularly collaborates with leading partners including The Griffin Trio, The Elmer Eisler Singers, The Canadian Opera Company, Theatre Direct, Scottish Opera, American Opera Projects, Edmonton Opera, and Tarragon Theatre.
Tapestry is a proud member of:
- Canadian Actors Equity Association
- International Society for the Performing Arts
- OPERA America
- Professional Association of Canadian Theatres
- Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts
WHAT IS “NEW OPERA”?
Forget the opera stereotypes of horned singers, stuffy tuxedos, and gowns. Tapestry is drama and music, raw and intimate. We develop collaboration between Canada’s leading playwrights and experienced composers, with the goal of advancing the most vital, original work in new opera. Tapestry productions are dramatically rich and authentically contemporary.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT A TAPESTRY SHOW?
You will experience a raw, emotional genre performed by Canada’s leading talent in the intimate Ernest Balmer Studio. Our larger main-stage productions are performed at offsite locations, but no matter how large the venue, the intimacy of a Tapestry show remains. Close enough to touch, performers breathe power into stories penned by such dramatic luminaries as Ann-Marie MacDonald, Atom Egoyan, Hannah Moscovitch, Anusree Roy, Colleen Murphy, and Marjorie Chan. After the show, stay for drinks, mingle with performers and creators, and offer feedback to inform the development of these productions.