Ayre “was one of those nights when you go to a show and immediately wish you could see it again after the curtain.” —Schmopera
The Rape of LucretiaandA Little Too Cozy: “Another good year for AtG.” —Opera Ramblings
A Little Too Cozy: “Smart, engaging, fun, brilliant.” —PlayAnon
Ayre “represented what I believe will be an increasingly important direction in classical music; an approach that not only looks, but sounds like our ever-changing cultural mosaic.”
Liked what you saw this year? We have big plans for 2017, including an ambitious remount of La Bohème, and need your help. Your financial support goes directly into producing our next opera, and helps us hire young Canadian artists who are itching for more opportunities.
If you’ve ever wanted to help out, now’s your chance. Each and every dollar makes a difference. (And makes a great holiday present in someone’s name.)
Or if you watched Britten’s haunting chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia, which we presented with the Toronto Summer Music Festival at the stunning Winter Garden Theatre.
Or if you were transfixed by three different performances of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre. Performances that, after the U.S. Election, reminded us why we make music in a city as diverse and supportive as Toronto.
Our new favourite event is Opera Pub, a monthly series we launched last October. Wild, improvised opera performances that give emerging singers a chance to flex their chops, surrounded by classical fans (and new fans in the making) in a friendly environment. That’s what AtG is about.
For all we’ve been able to achieve in 2016, we say thank you and wish you and yours the happiest holidays.
Review: A Little Too Cozy | Schmopera
“With his trademark energy and style, Topher Mokrzewski guided the cast and pit through the incredibly dense score that is Così as only he can — and you understand in one moment why he’s so in demand as a Musical Director across the country.”
Review: Cozy Fantastic | barczablog
“The CBC’s Studio 42 is just about the coolest place I’ve ever been to see an opera… Cozy is quite a remarkable creation, one that adds extraordinary energy to the original. I can’t recommend this highly enough.”
Review: A Little Too Cozy | Mooney on Theatre
“All of Mozart’s stunningly lyrical and captivating arias, duets, and ensembles are present… This production is a must see. It is a fresh, innovative, funny, and visceral characterization of love in the technological age.”
Cozying up to The Bachelor | NOW Magazine
“Mokrzewski says, “These Mozart adaptations are statements of love for Joel and me, using a different lens to look at Mozart classics. They’re acts of love, not sacrilege.””
If you’re a reality show fan, you know that programs like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette are full of inflated, overly dramatic emotional climaxes — operatic moments, if you like.
“Così is my favourite opera of the three,” admits Mokrzewski, who’s also resident conductor at the Calgary Opera.
“I know that for some people the story gets in the way – it’s arguably misogynistic, silly and cynical – but Mozart infused it with ideas about relationships and how easy it is to switch affections. The music is profound and filled with humanity, and appeals to any listener.
Four opera singers have spent months preparing for their roles in A Little Too Cozy, but it hasn’t been by singing scales.
They’ve been downhill skiing and riding snow machines, writing love letters and drinking wine at the beach as they create videos and back stories for the four contestants in the reality TV show that they portray in the opera opening Thursday.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at A Little Too Cozy!
Doors open at 7pm, and the performance begins at 8pm sharp. Please arrive by 7:30pm at the latest, because the security and access within television studios is… complicated.
Check your inbox for your electronic tickets from TicketLeap, which you can print or display to us on your phone/tablet for entry.
CBC Toronto, Studio 42 (Floor 10)
Entrance off 25 John Street
The entrance to CBC Toronto is on 25 John Street, just south of Wellington Street West.
The closest Parking Garage is on 200 Wellington Street: Impark and Spots Parking Inc.
The closest streetcar stop is on King Street West and John Street. CBC Toronto is about a 2-minute walk from the stop. By subway, St. Andrew Station is a 7-minute walk, and Union Station is 9 minutes.
There are bike racks along John, Wellington and Front Streets.
25 John Street’s entrance is fully accessible. Drive up John Street and stop for a direct drop-off if desired. Contact us if you have any questions.
Heading upstairs to Studio 42
Once you arrive at the Entrance of CBC Toronto, there is a bit of a process to get upstairs. We’ll be there to greet you at the door, scan your tickets, sign you in at security, and bring you to Studio 42 by elevator. This can take about 10 to 15 minutes, so be sure to give yourself enough time to get here.
We recommend arriving at the doors no later than 7:30pm to avoid lineups.
Topher Mokrzewski at the piano. Photo: Darryl Block
What to expect
Pre-show chats with Stephan Bonfield
May 14, 17, 18, 20, & 21 at 7:30pm
Curious about our spin on Mozart? Join music lecturer and performing arts journalist Stephan Bonfield (Calgary Herald, Musical Toronto) for our intimate pre-show chats in the bar/lounge of Studio 42.
In keeping with the AtG spirit, there will be a cash bar at the venue: $7 wine, $6 beer, $1 water.
Smartphones on and out!
Take photos and live-tweet before, during, and after the show! (Just no audio or video recording, please.) Use the hashtags: #ALittleTooCozy, #TeamDora, #TeamFelicity and tag @atgtheatre.
This venue is incredibly cool and our floor has a CBC Comedy Wall of Fame featuring such luminaries as SCTV, The Kids in the Hall, Martin Short and the one and only Mr. Dress Up.
My friend/date/co-worker wants to come!
That’s great! Any unsold tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. But quantities are limited and we’ve turned people away in the past, so reserve your tickets ahead of time:
Tune in May 12 to 21 at 8pm for the season finale:
Below, meet the final four contestants who were (pretty keen) to get on A Little Too Cozy. You’re invited to join our studio audience for a live taping of “A Little Too Cozy,” where you’ll witness the final episode of the reality show that asks its contestants: “Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met?” As the episode kicks off, Cozy‘s final four contestants — Dora, Elmo, Fernando and Felicity — have found their match but, as expected, there’s always a catch.
Videos by @halfinchdfilms
Against the Grain Theatre’s “A Little Too Cozy” is a modern, English adaptation of Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” that presents the comedy of manners as a wedding reality TV show in CBC Toronto’s Studio 42. May 12—21, 2016. Tickets ($35—$95) at againstthegraintheatre.com
The Globe and Mail have written not one but two(!) previews of A Little Too Cozy which we recommend reading:
Enter Joel Ivany and Topher Mokrzewski, the brilliant duo at the creative heart of Toronto’s Against the Grain Theatre Company. On the one hand, what Ivany and Mokrzewski have done with Così fan tutte has a 220-year tradition behind it – because Ivany, too, has rewritten the story. But unlike all their previous adapter colleagues, the two have done something new – they have rewritten Così fan tutte to make it more itself, to make it both more relevant to our times and more relevant to its own times. Something of a minor miracle.
It all makes perfect sense, this interpretation… All you have to do is look up a plot summary of Così fan tutte to see that it’s a hilarious farce no less ridiculous in its bones than The Bachelorette.
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.)
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.”