Opera for the young and young at heart

bremenTwo listings in in the last 24 hours.  COC is staging a couple of “family friendly” events.  On Saturday, November 14th, they are presenting Dean Burry’s The Bremen Town Musicians (11am) and interactive opera Operation Superpower (1.30pm). Starring the young artists of the COC Ensemble Studio, both operas are written specifically for young people aged 3 to 12. Each opera is 45 minutes in length, followed by a 15-minute Q&A with the cast and crew. Both performances take place at the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre at 227 Front St. E., Toronto, Ontario.  There’s the opportunity to take part in “hands-on activities” related to the operas an hour before each show.  Tickets to each opera are $15 for adults, and $10 for children.  More info at coc.ca.

20150812_194242And then the Bicycle Opera Project, en route from Halifax to Toronto (by train not bike!) has announced this year’s Ontario dates.  There are various dates/venues from August 17th to September 1st in places that aren’t Toronto before a run of four shows in Toronto from September 3rd to 6th including a return to the Evergreen Brickworks.  The show is called Shadow Box and the line up is The Yellow Wallpaper by Cecilia Livingston and Nicolas Billon, The Blind Woman by James Rolfe and David Yee, The Auction by John Burge and Eugene Benson, “The Dreaming Duet” from The Bells of Baddeck by Dean Burry and Lorna MacDonald; Submission by Dean Burry and David Yee; What time is it now? by Anna Höstman and P.K. Page, Our Lady of Esquimalt Road by Leila Lustig and Geoff Hargreaves, Bianchi: a five-minute bicycle opera by Tobin Stokes, and, of course, Ride of the Bicycle Bells by Chris Thornborrow.  Dates, venues and tickets here.

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