Etiquette/Regina/Heather - Essential Opera triple-bill of new, Canadian works

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Event Title: Etiquette/Regina/Heather - Essential Opera triple-bill of new, Canadian works
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: 35 Hazelton Ave., Heliconian Hall, Toronto, ON
  • Time: 12:00pm
  • Price: $20
  • Genre: --
  • External Link: Essential Opera New Works

Please join us on Saturday, April 5, 8 PM for three premières by CMC associate composers!
Tickets available online here: or at the door.

We have always believed it is absolutely essential to feature new works and new innovations, as well as the classics. Since the beginning, we have been seeking the perfect opportunity and the perfect new works for Essential Opera. Three young Canadian composers have joined us to create a triple bill of short operas, exploring the lives of women from the early 20th century to today. We’re excited to bring these new Canadian works to our audience in the concert format they have already come to love.

More on the shows here:

Composed by Monica Pearce; Libretto by John Terauds

Pitting politeness and perfection against the harsher facts of life. Etiquette is a character study of Emily Post, seen through the eyes of the acerbic, modern Dorothy Parker and supported by the traditional strength of Lady Nancy Astor.

Composed by Elisha Denburg; Libretto by Maya Rabinovitch

Traces the relatively recent discovery of the story of Regina Jonas, the first woman to be ordained a rabbi – in 1935 Berlin. Regina's beautiful score takes place in two timelines - one as Regina seeks her life's goal of ordination and helping others, then is taken away to a concentration camp, and one as student Anna unearths Regina's records in a quest for redemption.

Heather (CINDY + MINDY = BFFs 4EVR)
Composed by Christopher Thornborrow; Libretto by Julie Tepperman

A hard-hitting introduction to the vicious reality of online bullying between girls and young women. CINDY + MINDY is a "before" snapshot, shining a light on the casually callous attitudes that lead to cruelty. WARNING: Strong language.

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