Each summer, we take a break from Toronto and return to the drawing board to reconnect, recharge, and brainstorm new works (which will eventually make their way back to TO). We head to the mountains, to the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts, for the country’s de-facto national opera lab: the program Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century, a five-week residency partnership created by us, Banff and the COC. Singers and apprentice pianists from across Canada join us to work with our Artistic Director Joel Ivany, AtG Music Director Topher Mokrzewski, and a faculty of renowned teachers and coaches. For our fourth residency this summer, we created a production of Canadian composer Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus, an electrifying chamber piece in which a young woman finds renewed existence after death — and the reviews are in.
"Ivany and Mokrzewski have created something exceptional, uniquely gripping, generously inclusive. A transformative production. Limitless. Heartening. Utterly extraordinary."− Opera Going Toronto
"An astounding revelation of an older work made new again... it constitutes a full step into a new directional maturity for the Ivany/Mokrzewski creative team."− National Post
"Kopernikus is astonishing... give the damn thing a national tour."− Musical Toronto
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