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

Gould’s Wall

Gravity-transcending opera

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


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.

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.

New dates confirmed

We’re delighted to confirm new summer dates, presented by The Royal Conservatory of Music and in collaboration with Toronto Summer Music! If you already have tickets, The Royal Conservatory box office will be in touch with you. Your tickets will automatically be adjusted to the new corresponding dates, for example if you had a ticket to the second night in January, your ticket is valid for the equivalent second night in August.

August 4, 2022, 8.30pm
Formerly Jan 12, 8pm

August 5, 2022, 8.30pm
Formerly Jan 13, 6pm

August 9, 2022, 8.30pm
Formerly Jan 14, 8pm

August 10, 2022, 8.30pm
Formerly Jan 15, 10.30pm

August 12, 2022, 8.30pm
Formerly Jan 16, 6pm

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