Monthly Archives: April 2016

Work with AtG!

By | A Little Too Cozy, Volunteer | No Comments

We’re looking for friendly and outgoing volunteers for A Little Too Cozy (May 12–21), taking place at none other than CBC Toronto’s Studio 42. This is your chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at our production process, learn from our crew, hear fantastic music and, of course, hang out with some awesome people. To get involved for one, two, or as many performances as you like, email us here! (And don’t forget to tag/share with any friends who might be interested.)

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1 month til Mozart meets the CBC

By | A Little Too Cozy, Upcoming | No Comments

A Little Too Cozy is coming up fast (May 12) and Toronto Life has summed up why this opera-in-a-CBC-soundstage is destined to be one to watch:

“Against the Grain Theatre, the iconoclast opera troupe known for staging Mozart in dive bars, adapts Wolfie’s sex romp Cosi fan tutte into a raunchy Bachelor-style game show… the crowd doubles as a live studio audience with cues to laugh, clap and cry.”

So get Cozy with us (and get your tickets soon).

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Joel Ivany makes his COC mainstage directing debut with Bizet’s Carmen

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We’re just going to go out and say it: Joel has been a bizet man (hard to resist the pun) this season. In just a few days, he makes his mainstage directorial debut with the Canadian Opera Company’s Carmen, and the AtG team couldn’t be prouder. Read the links below to find out more, and don’t forget to book your ticketsCarmen runs April 12 to May 15 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

By night, Ivany is the founder and one of the artistic leaders of Against the Grain Theatre, perhaps Toronto’s most creative opera producers, responsible for their great and highly original Mozart adaptations.

Read more from The Globe and Mail: “Director Joel Ivany delivers a production of Carmen you can trust”

Although the sets date back to that 2005 production, he and set/costume design coordinator Camellia Koo have tweaked it to create, as he puts it, “a Carmen 2.0.” In preparation, Ivany sat in every section of the 2,000-seat hall to see what the stage picture would be like.

Read more from NOW Magazine: “Who’s afraid of opera?”

Photo: Anita Rachvelishvili as Carmen (centre) as Alain Coulombe as Zuniga looks on (at left) in the Canadian Opera Company production of  Carmen, 2016. Conductor Paolo Carignani, director Joel Ivany, set designer Michael Yeargan, costume designer François St-Aubin, lighting designer Jason Hand, and set & costume design co-ordinator Camellia Koo. Photo: Michael Cooper