Of The Sea
Libretto by Kanika Ambrose | Composed by Ian Cusson | Directed by Philip Akin | Music Direction by Jennifer Tung
A mythical world rises from the depths of the sea
Under the crushing power of the Atlantic Ocean, a mythical world rises from the depths Of The Sea.
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A father will do anything to save his daughter. Of the Sea follows the story of Maduka, his daughter Binyelum, and fellow Africans thrown overboard during the Middle Passage who now populate mythical underwater kingdoms that span the ocean floor. Amidst the waves, fiery plans for revenge are made, a parent is blinded by love for their child, and a fight against fate begins.
In the cold, murky waters, everyone dreams of seeing the sun again.
Of The Sea, is a powerful new opera flowing with hope and heartbreak, written by Kanika Ambrose, composed by Ian Cusson, directed by renowned Canadian actor and director Philip Akin, and Music Direction by Jennifer Tung.
With The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Perryn Leech, General Director, Johannes Debus, Music Director.
Black Celebration Night | Tuesday, March 28, 2023
The Of The Sea Black Celebration Night is an evening for honouring Black stories, artists, and audiences. This performance is meant for a majority Black audiences but is open to all. The night will include a pre-show talkback following the show featuring select Of The Sea cast and creative team hosted by Obsidian Theatre Company. Follow this direct link for Black Celebration Night tickets.
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Please note no latecomers will be admitted to the theatre. Allow yourself extra travel time to arrive and be seated before the performance start time.
Bluma Appel Theatre
St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B4
- Black Celebration Night
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Jennifer TungMusic Director
K.P DennisYoung, Gifted and Black Assistant Director
Rachel ForbesSet & Costume Designer
Laura WarrenProjection Designer
Hollywood JadeMovement Director
Steve LucasLighting Designer
- Music Preparation: Matthew Karas
Calvin ChengFirst Violin
Yegee LeeFirst Violin
Elizabeth JohnstonPrincipal Second Violin
Oleksandra FedyshynSecond Violin
Yosef TamirPrincipal Viola
Brenna McLaneSecond Viola
Elaine ThompsonPrincipal Violoncello
Naomi BarronSecond Violoncello
Douglas StewartFlute + Piccolo
Caitlin Broms-JacobsOboe + English Horn
Dominic DesautelsClarinet in Bb + Bass Clarinet
Zsofia StefanBassoon + Contrabassoon
Bardhyl GjevoriHorn in F
Robert ConquerTenor Trombone
- Louise Tardif*: Assistant Principal Second Violin
- Trevor Tureski*: Percussion
- Aidan Cosgrave: Production Manager
- Alex Gilbert: Head of Wardrobe and Soft Props
- Janeena Morris: YGB Costume Design Apprentice
- Jawon Kang: Assistant Set and Costume Designer
- Ty Wilson: Wig Maker
- Rachael Kerr: Rehearsal Pianist
- Mabel Wonnacott: Surtitlist