Check out our promo video for AtG's Messiah!
Next up it’s Handel’s Messiah, re-titled AtG’s Messiah, because really: who doesn’t love a rousing Hallelujah Chorus? The score remains intact, but forget about the usual gowns and leather-bound choral folders. AtG artistic director Joel Ivany teams up with dancer/choreographer Jennifer Nichols to give the piece a brand new form and movement, sure to be unlike anything Toronto audiences have seen before.
December 14 and 15, 2013 8:00 p.m.
The Opera House (the other one)
Joel had the crazy idea to start this company and serves as Artistic Director, when he's not slowly climbing the opera career ladder by freelancing as a stage director. He has written two original librettos performed by Against the Grain Theatre.
Pianist, vocal coach and conductor Christopher “Topher” Mokrzewski is a steadily rising figure in the worlds of Canadian opera and chamber music. He was recently appointed Resident Conductor of Calgary Opera, and is a founding member and Music Director of Against the Grain Theatre.
A dedicated and tireless arts community "connector", Nancy was formerly the manager of education and marketing at Opera Atelier, where she developed the keen project management skills that she applies as General Manager of Against the Grain Theatre.
Caitlin Coull is a founding member of AtG. She honed her chops at the Canadian Opera Company, where she worked in communications for five years. By day she leads the communications department of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and by night she can be found refilling wine glasses at parties in the home she shares with her husband, AtG music director Topher Mokrzewski.
An opera obsessive specializing in technology and social media, Cecily Carver joined the Against the Grain Theatre team in 2012 as its community engagement advisor. She is currently the co-founder/director of Dames Making Games, a non-profit community organization for women game-makers.
One of Canada's rising sopranos, Miriam has sung at Glyndebourne, Aldeburgh, and with Canadian Companies and Orchestras from coast to coast. She is also a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio and a founding member of ATG. Her roles with Against the Grain Theatre include Mimi in La Bohème, the Governess in The Turn of the Screw, and Susanna in Figaro's Wedding.
As the newest member of the Against the Grain famiglia, soprano Lucia Cesaroni draws inspiration from her fundraising work in the Italian-Canadian community and from her work with the Toronto Summer Music Festival and the National Ballet of Canada. She has performed with Vancouver Opera, The Montreal Symphony and the Aldeburgh and Ravinia festivals.