At 38, Toronto’s Tapestry Opera might not be the youngest kid on the block anymore, but they are still young enough to hold their own in the risk-taking department.
A major step forward for Tapestry was announced today with a new partnership with Vancouver Opera and Canadian Stage for a production of a new full-length opera The Overcoat, with a score by James Rolfe and libretto by Morris Panych.
The opera was originally born from Tapestry’s 2014 Lib-Lab, a program that provides an opportunity for librettists and composers to collaborate.
“It’s much like creative speed dating,” said Michael Mori, Artistic Director of Tapestry Opera of the Lib-Lab program. “It proves that the model works! The Overcoat: An Opera is one of our most exciting projects to date, as it combines Morris’s unique style of physical theatre with a masterful new score by James Rolfe. It’s a great honour to partner with two major pioneers in new Canadian works: Vancouver Opera and Canadian Stage. Together we’ll bring this bold venture to life, spurred along by the original creative team and a tradition of innovation inspired by the 1998, The Overcoat.”
The creative team includes Morris Panych (librettist/director/creator), Wendy Gorling (movement/creator), Ken McDonald (set design), Alan Brodie (lighting design), and Nancy Bryant (costumes).
The production will premiere at the Bluma Appel Theatre during Tapestry Opera and Canadian Stage’s 2017/2018 season in March 2018. It will then be presented by Vancouver Opera as part of its second annual Vancouver Opera Festival.
A year is a long time to wait… but we’ll be there next March, with a full review.