Dynamic world premiere operas that shatter the operatic stereotype with free, site-specific, bilingual and digital works, featuring industry-leading artistic talent sharing thrilling stories and music created by and for performing arts-loving Torontonians
TORONTO – Canada’s leading producer of contemporary opera, Tapestry Opera, has announced a transformative 22/23 Season, bursting with exciting ways for audiences in Toronto to experience the artform.
Renowned for their experimental and innovative approach, the organization, lead by Artistic and General Director Michael Hidetoshi Mori, is dedicated to making opera culturally relevant and vibrant for Canada’s most dynamic city.
The 22/23 Season promises thrilling performances including two major world premieres, opera shorts from speed-dating bilingual creators directed by Tim Albery, two concerts, and two music video releases, created in partnership with some of Canada’s leading arts and music organizations.
- World premiere: Of the Sea – a Tapestry Opera & Obsidian Theatre co-production
- World premiere: Dragon’s Tale – a Tapestry Opera & Soundstreams co-production, in partnership with Luminato Festival Toronto and Harbourfront Centre
- Tapestry Briefs: Les Shorts qui chantent
- Concert: A Joke Before the Gallows
- Concert: Songbook XII
- Music Videos: Gould’s Wall and R.U.R. A Torrent of Light
Tapestry’s Artistic and General Director Michael Mori: “We’re delighted to present one of our most ambitious seasons yet. Our mainstage world premieres explore the intersection of water, mythology, identity, and transformation, our performances in intimate venues celebrate creation and emerging talent, and our music videos will continue to animate a digital space for a growing digital audience. It’s fantastic to work with such dynamic partners in the city and beyond to realize these projects, and it’s always inspiring to collaborate on new work. We know how impactful opera can be, and we’re working hard to make it reach Torontonians in as many ways as we can.”
Tapestry Opera drives forward following a sold-out and award-winning 21/22 Season, including R.U.R. A Torrent of Light: a robot opera in partnership with OCAD University composed by the world-renowned Nicole Lizée; and Gould’s Wall: a site-specific opera on wall of the Royal Conservatory of Music, featuring climbing and arialism. Tapestry received 19 nominations and R.U.R. A Torrent of Light received six wins at the 2022 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, becoming the most awarded production of the 21/22 Performing Arts season.
Tickets for Tapestry Briefs: les Shorts qui chantent are on sale to Tapestry members now, and will go on general sale on October 3. Tickets for all other performances will go on sale soon.