Reviewed by Paula Citron
Tapestry is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a movable feast Opera To Go. The wonderfully atmospheric Fermenting Cellar has been transformed into five different stages for the retrospective presentation of five operas. It is a wonderful evening of music theatre.
Artistic director Wayne Strongman chose the remounts carefully. Some make you laugh, and some make you cry. The bottom line is that opera is not a museum, and contemporary composers and librettists can create vibrant new opera. These Opera To Go pieces are only 15 minutes long, but they are a start en route to full-length works.
Au current opera need singing actors, and Xin Wang (soprano), Krisztina Szabó (mezzo-soprano), Keith Klassen (tenor) and Peter McGillivray (baritone) give terrific performances. Designer Julia Tribe has created her stages with cleverly placed sheets of plastics, while director Tom Diamond maximizes both humour and pathos in his staging.
Opera To Go continues at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery Historic District until Mar. 26.
Opera To Go
Tapestry New Opera Works
Conducted by Wayne Strongman
Directed by Tom Diamond
Starring Xin Wang (soprano), Krisztina Szabó (mezzo-soprano), Keith Klassen (tenor) and Peter McGillivray (baritone)
Fermenting Cellar, Distillery Historic District, Mar. 24 to 26, 2010