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Preview: Together/Apart (Opera Atelier)

Old meets news as Opera Atelier ventures into this brave new world of virtual performance with Together/Apart on May 20 at 8 PM, EST. Together/Apart is a one-hour virtual showcase of music and dance to connect, uplift, and inspire — featuring an all-star line-up of Opera Atelier’s longstanding and audience-favourite artists from around the globe, streaming at OperaAtelier.com . All 14 artists on the program have personally curated their performance selections with an eye to sharing the joy and power of the creative experience during this extraordinary time.

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Preview: Angela and Vivian’s Double the Fun Double Bill (Angela Sun and Vivian Or)

Picture of Vivian Or and Angela Sun in Double the Fun Double Bill

In the time of pandemic, new art emerges

Angela Sun and Vivian Or, two Toronto-based emerging artists, present a dramatic reading of two new plays on April 16th. The readings will be presented over Instagram Live at their respective handles @21sungelas and @vivianorelse.

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Preview: Converge Against Corona & The Corona Variations (Convergence Theatre)

Photo of red phone handset with cord by Negative Space

How will you participate in this “Phone Play”?

Every industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, and the performing arts are no exception, with a projected $500 million loss in ticket sales for arts organizations in Toronto alone. Seasons are cancelled, artists are out of work, and people are scared. Conversely, however, there has been an explosion of innovative creation since the lockdown, with livestreamed sing-alongs, balcony concerts, writing challenges, and virtual rehearsals.

Convergence Theatre, generator of such theatre events as Worry Warts (Summerworks 2019), The Unending (Fringe 2016), and The Gladstone Variations (Fringe 2007), is responding to the pandemic with Converge Against Corona, and has issued a call for participants and patrons alike.

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Preview: La Boheme returns to Against the Grain Theatre

Cheers to Opera in a Bar, Against the Grain Theatre Tours La Boheme across Canada

Woman singing in La Boheme in Against the Grain Theatre in TorontoOver the last decade, Toronto-based company Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) has built a reputation for re-imagining old works and creating boundary-pushing new opera productions. In honour of its Tenth Anniversary, the company is remounting its inaugural production of La Bohème, this time taking the show on the road.

I was curious about the piece and asked the Artistic Director of AtG some questions about the production, which has visited Banff and 7 other communities between it and Toronto, many of which do not have regular access to opera.

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