Gould's Wall: A woman suspended in the air reaching towards a piano, also suspended

Gould’s Wall

Performances postponed, new dates to be announced

Composed by Brian Current | Libretto by Liza Balkan | Directed by Philip Akin

Performances postponed, new dates to be announced:

In response to developments of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, and Ontario’s recent announcement of a return to Stage 2 lockdown, we will be postponing our January performances of Gould’s Wall. The safety of our audiences and artists remains our top priority.

If you already have tickets for Gould’s Wall, you do not have to do anything. A Box Office representative will be in touch with you to re-book your tickets for the new dates when they’re announced. We want to thank you all for your ongoing support, and we appreciate your patience and understanding. Please stay safe!

Dare to climb the wall?

A young, extraordinarily talented musician is striving for perfection in her art. Her path to greatness? A magnificent wall.  

Bursting with the compulsion to reach the top, she invokes Canadian icon, classical pianist Glenn Gould to guide her towards dizzying heights – but the path isn’t easy. Each brick represents her art, her rigour, and her challenge. Does she have the strength, or will she slip and fall into the abyss?

Artists climb and perform suspended from The Royal Conservatory’s atrium in this daring new opera, which connects the wall’s historic past to the present in a thrilling staging that transcends gravity.

Award-winning theatre artist and librettist Liza Balkan evokes the young artist’s rigorous journey, weaving many of Gould’s own words into the libretto, and acclaimed Canadian composer Brian Current delivers a thrilling, kinetic score. Gould’s Wall is directed by multiple Dora Award-winning Philip Akin, and features The Glenn Gould School’s New Music Ensemble.

Note that Regular seats for Gould’s Wall will be positioned on the floor and angled to allow viewing up the Atrium wall. Regular seats have a partially obstructed view.

Gould’s Wall COVID-19 Safety Procedures

Proof of vaccination and masks will be required at the performance venue for Gould’s Wall. The seating capacity is just under 150. The Royal Conservatory of Music has more information about COVID safety available on their website.

Ticket exchange policy

For tickets purchased through the Royal Conservatory of Music’s website: If you can no longer attend Gould’s Wall because you feel ill, or have been exposed to COVID-19, the Royal Conservatory of Music can credit your account. Please give a minimum of 24 hours notice, and contact: tickets@rcmusic.ca

Royal Conservatory of Music Atrium

273 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W2

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Creative Team

  • Stéphane Mayer: Repetiteur
  • Caroline Hollway: Producer
  • Max Rubino: Producer, 21C Festival
  • Paul Zivontsis: Production Manager, RCM
  • Sim Suzer: Design Assistant
  • Lesley Abarquez Bradley: Stage Manager
  • Anna Spencer: Assistant Stage Manager
  • DangerBoy (Tom Comet, Mark Nielson, Jules Tindungan and Justin Moses): Rigging design, installation and operation
  • Alessia Urbani: Costume Coordinator


  • Elijah Orlenko: Stage Piano
  • Huy Dang: Stage Piano
  • Sean Ping: Stage Piano
  • Godwin Friesen: Distanced Piano
  • Martin Kesuma: Orchestra Piano
  • Feiran Bi: Flute
  • Zach Gassenheimer: Clarinet
  • Cassie Nielsen: Bass Clarinet
  • Chia-Yu Hsu: Bassoon/Contra
  • Alana Cleyton: Horn
  • Declan Scott: Trumpet
  • Kris Leslie: Trombone
  • Tanner Tanyeri: Percussion
  • Kyung Ah Oh: Violin I
  • Kaiyuan Wu: Violin II
  • Rebecca Miller: Viola
  • Bruno Tobon: Cello
  • Daniel Lalonde: Bass