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The Bicycle Opera Project
Former Clay and Paper performer (Larrisa Koniuk, above left) brings opera into the everyday for cities across southern Ontario
If you want to experience a bike tour without doing any of the pedalling, you won’t want to miss this excursion of a different speed. The Bicycle Opera Project will be performing fantastic new Canadian music to communities across Ontario, including Toronto, Peterborough, Port Hope, Belleville, Kingston and Gananoque!
Wanting to share a love of operatic repertoire in an environmentally friendly way, two cycling singers envisioned closing the distance between the opera and Canadians who might not otherwise have the opportunity to hear music of this genre. The Bicycle Opera Project intends to demythologize the idea of what opera is, and bring it into the everyday by performing in galleries and converted barns, as well as busking and guerilla art.
Heartrending and fanciful, these wonderful compositions move you from tears to smiles, and every emotion in between. Adapted for guitar, violin, and accordion, the six operatic scenes deal with current social issues such as mental health, broken families, and – of course, a classic operatic theme – love.
Dramatizing the tales of a homeless seagull, a hilariously awkward meeting, a boy whose father might never come back, and two girls trying to rescue their teddy bear from zombie pirates, the hour-and-a-half performance is ideal for those attending their first opera experience and devoted fans alike.
This program is entirely in English and will feature works by artists Adam Scime, Christopher Thornborrow, Brian Harman, David Brock, Anna Höstman, Michael Albano, Juliet Palmer, Julie Salverson, Darren Russo, and Anusree Roy, as well as musicians Nadia Chana, Larissa Koniuk, Rebecca Bruton, Gabi Charron-Merritt and singer Alex Samaras.
The Bicycle Opera Project is on tour from June 30th to July 10th.
Tickets are $20 and available through their website, www.bicycleopera.ca, or by calling 647-785-4935
Photos courtesy of The Bicycle Opera Project by Alice Irene.