Naomi’s Road Tickets On Sale Now
Based on a best-selling novel by Joy Kogawa, this opera is a moving account of a definitive moment in Canada’s history
Canada’s leading contemporary opera company, Tapestry Opera, launches its ground-breaking 37th season with the Toronto premiere of Naomi’s Road.
Set in Vancouver during the Second World War, Naomi’s Road follows a young Japanese-Canadian girl’s journey from Vancouver to an internment camp in the BC interior. Performances run from Nov. 16 – 20, 2016 at St. David’s Anglican Church, a location of deep cultural significance, as it is the home of the last Japanese-Canadian Anglican parish in Toronto located at 49 Donlands Ave.
Naomi’s Road was adapted in 2004 from a novel by Joy Kogawa, accomplished librettist and director Ann Hodges along with acclaimed composer Ramona Luengen. Drawing from Kogawa’s own harrowing experience. Featuring an all-Canadian cast and creative team, Naomi’s Road premiered with the Vancouver Opera over a decade ago and has toured British Columbia and Alberta, championing a generation of Asian-Canadian operatic talent.
Directed by Tapestry Opera’s Artistic Director Michael Hidetoshi Mori (the opera’s first Japanese-Canadian director), the cast features two performers from the original cast, including tenor Sam Chung as Stephen, Naomi’s musical younger brother, and baritone Sung Taek Chung as Daddy, along with soprano Hiather Darnel-Kadonaga as 9-yearold Naomi and mezzo-soprano Erica Iris Huang as Mother/Obasan.
“It is a true honour to have worked with Joy to bring this important story to Toronto for the first time ever,” says Mori. “In a time when certain factions in Canada and the US are reacting to the fear of terrorism with xenophobia and the call for exclusionary and divisive laws, Naomi’s Road is a keen reminder of the human impact of these biases and policies. We must learn from the mistakes of internment camps and ensure this history does not repeat itself. As always, it is the braveness of children, in this case Naomi, that reminds us of our universal humanity.”
Tickets are now available online at Tapestry Opera’s official website or by calling DeeAnn Sagar at (416) 537-6066, ext. 243. Tickets – $35, Student & Youth Tickets – $25.