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THE SCOOP | Tapestry Opera Announces New Collaboration With Canadian Stage And Vancouver Opera

By Michael Vincent on March 1, 2017

Canadian Stage production of The Overcoat during the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts. (Photo: Robert Catto)
Canadian Stage production of The Overcoat during the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts.
(Photo: Robert Catto)

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.

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. A specialist in digital media for over 15 years, he has worked as a senior editor and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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