The Bicycle Opera Project

Saturday, September 5, 2015
Event Title: The Bicycle Opera Project


  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: Music Gallery, 197 John St, Toronto, ON
  • Time: 8:00pm
  • Price: $17 regular/$15 members
  • Genre: Staged Vocal Works
  • External Link: The Bicycle Opera Project

After a tremendously successful (and hilly) tour of Nova Scotia, we are so excited to return home and share our new production 'shadow box' with Toronto audiences.

'shadow box' is a collection of eight contemporary opera scenes, by different Canadian composers, but with one vision: exploring our mind's relationship to memory, what we treasure dearly and what haunts us in turn.

shadow box's premiere in Nova Scotia was greeted with enthusiasm by both opera veterans and newbies alike. With some of Canada's most sought-after emerging artists, integrated creative design by Sonja Rainey, and clever dramatic direction by award-winning director Liza Balkan, shadow box is an emersive theatrical experience that is sure to captivate audiences across Ontario.

Ride of the Bicycle Bells
music: Chris Thornborrow

The Auction – Prologue
music: John Burge
libretto: Eugene Benson

What time is it now?
music: Anna Höstman
libretto: P.K. Page

The Blind Woman
music: James Rolfe
libretto: David Yee

The Yellow Wallpaper
music: Cecilia Livingston
libretto: Nicolas Billon

Dreaming Duet (from The Bells of Baddeck)
music: Dean Burry
libretto: Lorna MacDonald

music: Dean Burry
libretto: David Yee

Our Lady of Esquimalt Road
music: Leila Lustig
libretto: Geoff Hargreaves

Bianchi: a five-minute bicycle opera
music and libretto: Tobin Stokes