Rocking Horse Winner

Rocking Horse Winner

Composed by Gareth Williams | Libretto by Anna Chatterton | Directed by Michael Hidetoshi Mori | Music Direction by Kamna Gupta



In association with Crow’s Theatre, Tapestry Opera presents a new production of the 2016 world-premiere, award-winning ROCKING HORSE WINNER by Gareth Williams and Anna Chatterton, directed by Michael Hidetoshi Mori with Musical Direction by Kamna Gupta.
8 performances only!

The 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Winner for Outstanding Production, Rocking Horse Winner, reunites much of the original cast and creative team that made audiences feel all the feels. Tenor Asitha Tennekoon, winner of the Dora for Outstanding Male Performance, reprises his role as the childlike Paul, while tenor Keith Klassen and baritone Peter McGillivray return to recreate their roles as Oscar and Bassett. Celebrating his 10th anniversary with Tapestry Opera, Michael Hidetoshi Mori returns to direct the production that kickstarted his successful career with the company. Acclaimed Canadian soprano Lucia Cesaroni returns to her hometown for this company debut, joining the original cast as Ava. Also marking her first engagement with Tapestry Opera is the New York-based, French-born conductor Kamna Gupta.

Content Warning

Rocking Horse Winner contains a character’s death, a dysfunctional mother-son relationship, and gambling. Some sequences are dark and shadowy.

This is the story of Ava and her son Paul. Their house, and an old rocking horse, whisper words that only Paul can hear. When the voice of the house grows more urgent in whispering, “there must be more money,” Paul enlists his lucky rocking horse to tell him the names of live horse race winners. He begins betting with great success, but each win comes at an enormous cost.

In association with Crow’s Theatre

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345 Carlaw Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 2T1

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