#AtGAyre

January 11, 2020

A lush fusion of Arabic, Hebrew, Sardinian, and Sephardic folk melodies and texts, Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre is a thrill to experience and a brilliant example of 21st-century cultural counterpoint. We first presented the celebrated song cycle at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and then took it on the road to the Ottawa International Chamber Festival. Now, we’re bringing it home to Toronto audiences for three nights only at the breathtaking Ismaili Centre.

Lebanese-Canadian soprano and AtG Founding Member Miriam Khalil sings this technically challenging and deeply moving song cycle with accompaniment by 11 world-class instrumentalists. The performance is staged by Joel Ivany, and an evocative setting praised by audiences and critics alike is lit by AtG Resident Lighting Designer Jason Hand.

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What You Need to Know About the Performance

Beginning at 8pm at Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music. The first half of the program will feature works by Golijov including Mariel, K’vakarat, and Tenebrae. There will be an intermission, and then Part II of our evening: the presentation of Ayre.

Read the house program from the 2017 production

Read the libretto

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Ayre is presented in partnership with the 21C Festival, and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Sung in Arabic, Hebrew, Sardinian, and Sephardic, with translations. The performance is 2.5 hours including an intermission.

Photos: Darryl Block

Dates

January 11, 2019

Location

Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music
273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1V6

Press (2017 Production)

"An evening of power and resonance, the kind of which deep memories are fashioned."

− The Globe and Mail

"This performance was that rare thing that raises the hairs on the back of your neck."

− Opera Ramblings

"Shocking, brilliant, thrilling. It's all conquering, a concert production of major importance, a flawless synchronicity of music and theatre."

− Opera Going Toronto

"Ayre is a perfect and tremendously satisfying example of cultural transcendence."

− The Globe and Mail

"Khalil's performance is stunning, and to hear her sing Golijov's work adds a new level of admiration for her versatility."

− Schmopera

"Miriam Khalil is spellbinding, her voice at turns lustrous and radiant, savage and snarling."

− Opera Going Toronto

"Along with the quality and verve that we have come to expect from AtG, this music is fertile ground for a clever, young company on the rise."

− Musical Toronto

"The stars aligned with this project... Miriam's authenticity is palpable, whether in the romantic songs or the call to uprising."

− barczablog

"It felt like you had stumbled upon a camp of exceptionally talented world-travellers, trading age-old songs and stories around a bonfire."

− The Ottawa Citizen

"Like the whole audience, I was suspended in this stasis of stirred emotion — the repercussions of which were felt long after the final bows were taken."

− Schmopera

Ayre

Miriam Khalil

Miriam Khalil

Soprano

Creative Team

Osvaldo Golijov

 Osvaldo Golijov

Composer & Musical Consultant

Joel Ivany

Joel Ivany

Stage Director

Jason Hand

Jason Hand

Lighting Designer

Anna Treusch

Anna Treusch

Costume Designer

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