Bandits in the Valley

Bandits in the Don Valley?

Tapestry Opera animates the historic buildings of Todmorden Mills with a delightfully whimsical short opera.

Tickets are free but limited so book yours in advance.

Sat Sept 2/Sun Sept 3

Sat Sept 9/ Sun Sept 10

Sat Sept 16 (Note no performances Sun Sept 17)

Sat Sept 23/Sun Sept 24

Sat Sept 30

Todmorden Mills

Composer: Benton Roark
Librettist: Julie Tepperman
Director: Michael Mori

Featuring: tenor, Keith Klassen, soprano Jennifer Taverner, tenor Jacques Arsenault, baritone Alex Dobson, soprano Sara Schabas, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Tritchew.)

The time and place is 1860’s Toronto. The leader of a local small-potatoes bandit group is looking to steal a mysterious object from a wealthy citizen’s house in the Don Valley. The heist is helped through the participation of a troupe of travelling Gilbert & Sullivan players. The audience will follow the action of this short opera through several locations in historic Todmorden Mills. Will the audience thwart the dastardly deeds afoot, or will they help the hapless thieves? Join us during one of our free September performances to find out.

Bandits in the Valley is a new multimedia opera work based on the local history of the Don Valley as a haven for smugglers and bandits during the period of 1860’s. The work will be presented as a free community art activation, near the historic events depicted utilizing locations inside the historic buildings on the site.

Accessibility Information

Due to the historic nature of the site and buildings, unfortunately, accessibility is limited

Todmorden Mills trails involve some slopes and some locations of the Bandits in the Valley action are only accessible by stairs.  Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility at the site.

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