“Each person has done something to threaten Peace, Order and Good Government. In a series of spoken dialogues and sung arias, we discover who they are and what the charges are.” — Toronto Star
This November 2018, composer Kevin Lau digs deeper into Handel’s music—infusing new sounds and ideas into the backbone of Handel’s works. In the wake of the world’s refugee crisis, this workshop continues to explore the current state of those displaced, dehumanized and mistreated, with texts and stories drawn from real-life news articles and world events. #AtGBound is in its second workshop of a three-year “concept to realization” production. This year’s concert performance will feature a quartet of singers, chamber orchestra, and digital sound design by Acote.
Tickets go on sale 10am on September 27, 2018.
Doors open a half hour before showtime. Rush line for non-ticket holders begins as early as 1 hour outside the venue. The performance begins at 8pm on November 19, November 20 and November 21.
Seating/Standing is assigned by section. Your ticket purchase will ensure you a spot in your section, and you will choose your seat when you arrive. No reservations, except media seats. But, please email us at email@example.com or call us at 647-367-8943 if you have any special seating concerns or questions. Accessible seating is available, and the venue is wheel-chair friendly.
#AtGBound is sung in English, with a new English libretto by Joel Ivany. With text of “The State” by Amanda Hadi. The performance is 1.5 hours with no intermission.
Graphic Design: Eitan Zohar. Illustration: Dmitry Bondarenko.
Monday, November 19 8pm
Tuesday, November 20 8pm
Wednesday, November 21 8pm
VIP Priority Seating
Prices exclude TicketLeap fees ($1.70–$2.60).
A limited amount of Rush tickets will be available each night of the performance, at the door. Rush Ticket prices will vary depending on which section has remaining tickets. Line up early for these (as early as an hour prior to showtime) in the Rush Line outside the doors at 1087 Queen Street West.
The Great Hall — Long Boat Hall
1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H3
All photography by Darryl Block. For hi-res imagery, click here to download.
"I for one am very excited to see where this show might lead and what other “protests” it might inspire."− Ludwig Van Toronto
"They're fighting for rights that have been taken away"− Schmopera
"They're trying to make the politics behind BOUND fit the compelling humanity of opera."− Toronto Star
"It might be the edgiest thing AtG has ever done."− barczablog
Bound v.2 (2018)
Review: A shift from traditional opera, Bound v.2 holdsgreat power as a secular oratorio | The Globe and Mail
“His [Kevin Lau] is a vivid palette of orchestra colours, a spectrum broadened further by the electronic work of sound designer Acote, and the inspired conducting by AtG music director Topher Mokrzewski.”
Transformation: Bound v. 2 | Schmopera
“BOUND v.2 is a stunning piece of music, and it is still only in its incubation stages. I look forward to the third and final incarnation.”
Review: Against the Grain Theatre’s Bound v. 2: “no less powerful or radical for its simplicity” | Opera Canada
“For a work in development, Bound v.2 is impressively realized—it will be exciting to see its final form next year.”
BOUND v. 2: power struggles | barczablog
“It might be the edgiest thing AtG have ever done.”
Bound 2.0 | Opera Ramblings
“I would rate this score a real success.”
Bound v.1 (2017)
Opera plucked from today’s public-safety issues | Toronto Star
“Each person has done something to threaten Peace, Order and Good Government. In a series of spoken dialogues and sung arias, we discover who they are and what the charges are.”
Opera in the Age of Trumpism — An interview with Lebanese-Canadian soprano Miriam Khalil | COC Notes, Issue 3
“I for one am very excited to see where this show might lead and what other “protests” it might inspire.”
Bound Unbounded | Opera Going Toronto
“The power of the piece resides in the moment.”
Why AtG’s New Mash-up Opera Will Surpass All Your Expectations | Ludwig Van Toronto
“Some might argue this show is like a peaceful protest that sheds light on opinions from various backgrounds to question stereotypes, and better appreciate the differences between these people.”
#AtGBound “A Shocking Immediate Connection” | Schmopera
“The music of Handel’s operas seems to strike a unique balance between storytelling at extremely high stakes…”