• Winner (Joel Ivany) — 2014 Dora Mavor Moore Award, Outstanding New Opera/Musical
  • Nominee (Joel Ivany) 2014 Dora Mavor Moore Award, Outstanding Direction
    Nominee (Patrick Du Wors)  2014 Dora Mavor Moore Award, Outstanding Design
  • Nominee (Jason Hand) 2014 Dora Mavor Moore Award, Outstanding Lighting Design
  • Nominee (Topher Mokrzewski) 2014 Dora Mavor Moore Award, Outstanding Musical Direction

Called “A treat from beginning to end” by the Toronto Star, this brand new adaptation of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro saw Lorenzo Da Ponte’s libretto modernized, translated into English and staged as one of Toronto’s real summer wedding in the historic Burroughes Building with the audience attending as wedding guests. The show came complete with ushers, a string quartet, and all the usual vows, tears, and hilarity.

Sung in English. New English libretto by Joel Ivany.

Video by Roger Rousseau | Photos courtesy of Darryl Block

Dates

May 29, 30, 31 & June 2, 2013
The Burroughes Building, 6th Floor
639 Queen Street West, Toronto

Press

"Thanks to a brilliant cast and remarkable attention to detail for a young company, Figaro’s Wedding is a spectacularly fine night of theatre, singing, laughs and drama."

− The Toronto Star

Figaro’s Wedding | NOW Magazine
“Rating: NNNN. Ivany’s libretto, which blends text-messaging, Ontario Place, Craigslist and smartphone cameras into the original plot, is almost always clever, especially when the last act’s arias turn into speeches at the reception.”

Review: Figaro’s Wedding a treat from beginning to end | Toronto Star
“4 ☆☆☆☆. Thanks to a brilliant cast and remarkable attention to detail for a young company, Figaro’s Wedding is a spectacularly fine night of theatre, singing, laughs and drama.”

An adventurous opera company brings a Mozart classic to Queen West | Toronto Life
“Weddings never go out of style—not even Figaro’s.”

Review: Raise a glass and toss some confetti for amazing Figaro’s Wedding | Musical Toronto
“The most entertaining opera production of the season. … Based on what I witnessed on the top floor of the Burroughes Building at Queen and Bathurst Sts, Wednesday night’s premiere was a case study in exactly how to update a classic.”

Review: Figaro’s Wedding | Opera Going Toronto
“An uproarious, irreverent take on The Marriage of Figaro… If this is to be the look and feel of new opera in the twenty-first century, the form is well and truly secure.”

Review: Altared Figaro | barzablog
“The most spectacular thing about Figaro’s Wedding is — the wedding!”

Review: The knot is tied — Figaro’s Wedding at The Burroughes | Opera Ramblings
“Smart, extremely funny, and surprisingly singable. … I’ve rarely seen a Toronto audience as enthused as the one last night.”

Review: Figaro’s Wedding | Mooney on Theatre
“Against the Grain have once again taken a classic, complete with stunning operatic performances, and turned it on its head. There is so much to love about this production.”

Figaro’s Hipster Bride | The Genteel
A look at Susanna’s wedding dress, designed by couturier Rosemaire Umetsu

Cast

Stephen Hegedus

Stephen Hegedus (Bass-baritone)

Figaro

Bass-baritone Stephen Hegedus is a native of Toronto. A prize-winner in the New York Oratorio Society competition, he made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Bach’s Mass in B-minor. His credits include the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello (Don Giovanni), Colline (La Bohème), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Albert (Werther) and Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress). He has been engaged by the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, L’Opéra de Montréal, Opera Atelier, Pacific Opera Victoria, Edmonton Opera, and Opera Hamilton. Equally at home on the concert stage, he has appeared with the Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Houston Symphony, and the Grant Park Festival.

Miriam Khalil

Miriam Khalil (Soprano)

Susanna

One of Canada’s rising sopranos, Miriam “The Leb” Khalil has sung at Glyndebourne, Aldeburgh, and with Canadian companies and orchestras from coast to coast. She is a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio and a founding member of AtG. Her roles with the company include Mimi in La Bohème, the Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Susanna in Figaro’s Wedding, Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande, and Elvira in #UncleJohn.

Lisa DiMaria

Lisa DiMaria (Soprano)

Rosina

Toronto native Lisa DiMaria, has been described by critics as a “focused, sweet lyric soprano” (La Scena Musicale). An alumna of the Ensemble Studio programme, she has sung the role of Papagena in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Die Zauberflöte. Other COC credits include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Dunyasha in War and Peace, the Second Wood Nymph in Rusalka, the Prostitute in From the House of the Dead, and Despina and Donna Anna/Maturina in the Ensemble Studio productions of Così fan tutte. In 2012, Lisa debuted with both Calgary Opera in the Canadian premiere of Heggie’s Moby Dick and with Pacific Opera Victoria as Anna in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda.

Alexander Dobson

Alexander Dobson (Baritone)

Alberto

British-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson has been praised for his musical and dramatic artistry on both opera and concert stages. Recent highlights include his portrayal of Wozzeck conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin with Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and Orchestre Métropolitain du Grande Montréal. Other roles of note include Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) and Ned Keene (Peter Grimes), all with Opéra de Montréal, and the title role in Don Giovanni with l’Orchestre Métropolitain.

Teiya Kasahara

Teiya Kashara (Mezzo-soprano)

Cherubino

Japanese-German-Canadian soprano Teiya Kasahara has been praised for her signature role as the Queen of the Night, which she has sung with Vancouver Opera, Highlands Opera Studio, Opera Kitchener, Edmonton Opera and in Germany at the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen. She recently portrayed Hope in the Toronto premiere of Tapestry Opera’s Shelter (J.Palmer/J.Salverson), receiving only glowing reviews, and was the star in the double-bill of Opera 5’s Offenbach-Hahn adding two new roles to her repertoire, Fé-an-nich-ton from Offenbach’s first successful operetta Ba-ta-clan and Mahénu from Reynaldo Hahn’s L’île du rêve. Her triumph as Solana from When the Sun Comes Out, written specifically for her by Canadian composer Leslie Uyeda, made its world premiere as Canada’s first lesbian opera at the Queer Arts Festival (QAF) in 2013, which resulted in two sold-out performances during the World Pride Festival this past summer in Toronto, also marking her debuts as producer and director. Other recent triumphs include her Olympia from The Tales of Hoffmann in Edmonton, and in Toronto with indie opera company Against the Grain Theatre in her highly acclaimed portrayal of Cherubino from Figaro’s Wedding.

Michael Ciufo

Michael Ciufo (Tenor)

Basilio/Curzio

Michael Ciufo (choo-foe), is quickly gaining recognition for his vocal prowess, electric stage presence, “bright sound…and ingratiating tone” (La Scena Musicale). His most recent performances include being the featured Tenor in “Cantabile: an Evening of Italian Song” with Andrew Burashko and the Art of Time Ensemble at the Enwave Theatre in Toronto; “Diego” in the Canadian premiere of Schubert’s Die Freunde von Salamanka with Opera in Concert; “Alfredo” in the Summer Opera Lyric Theatre’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata; as well as performing in his own shows across Ontario to support his latest recording, Momento, which debuted at #15 on the Canadian Classical Charts in November 2011.

Loralie Kirkpatrick

Loralie Kirkpatrik (Soprano)

Marcellina

Loralie Kirkpatrick is an active singer and teacher in Toronto. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Master of Music degree in voice performance and is currently a member of the voice faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has taught for organizations including the University of Minnesota, the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts and her own private studio. She has performed with orchestras and opera companies in Canada and the United States, including Soundstreams Canada, Toronto’s Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre, The Aradia Ensemble, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, the Manitoba Opera Association, Rainbow Stage Musical Theatre, The Northern Lights Music Festival, The University of Minnesota’s Opera Theatre, as well as the Tony award-winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune.

Gregory Finney

Gregory Finney (Baritone)

Bartolo/Antonio

Gregory Finney is a Toronto-based baritone and frequent contributor to Schmopera.com. Past engagements include Against the Grain Theatre’s Messiah, Figaro’s Wedding, and La Boheme, VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre, FAWN Chamber Creative and Loose TEA Music Theatre. Greg appears frequently with Toronto Operetta Theatre.

Creative Team

Joel Ivany

Joel Ivany

Stage Director

Joel Ivany is the founder and artistic director of AtG, and is the program director of The Banff Centre’s “Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century”. His directing credits include productions of Verdi’s Macbeth (Minnesota Opera), Carmen (Vancouver Opera), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Edmonton Opera), Gavin Bryars’ Marilyn Forever (Adelaide Festival) and Le nozze di Figaro (Norwegian National Opera). He is the recent nominee of the Dora Award for Outstanding New Opera/Musical for AtG’s #UncleJohn and the recipient of the same prize for Figaro’s Wedding. His 2015/2016 engagements include mainstage directing debuts at the Canadian Opera Company (Carmen) and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Mozart’s Requiem), the premiere of AtG’s A Little Too Cozy at The Banff Centre, and a revival of #UncleJohn at the Ottawa International Chamber Festival.

Christopher Mokrzewski

Christopher Mokrzewski

Music Director

Pianist, vocal coach and conductor Topher Mokrzewski is a steadily rising figure in the worlds of Canadian opera and chamber music. He was recently appointed Resident Conductor of Calgary Opera, and is the founding Music Director of AtG. A graduate of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, he is frequently sought as a soloist, collaborator and music director. His 2015/2016 season includes conducting Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado and Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges, and serving as assistant conductor for LakméDie tote Stadt and Die Zauberflöte with Calgary Opera. He also returns to the faculty of The Banff Centre’s “Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century” opera program this summer as Music Director of A Little Too Cozy, the latest instalment in AtG’s Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy adaptations.

Patrick Du Wors

Patrick Du Wors

Set Designer

Patrick Du Wors is an award-winning performance designer working in the areas of set, costume and lighting design. In 2013 he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Calgary, School of Creative and Performing Arts. He is also the curator of the Canadian Exhibition at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design. His design credits include#UncleJohn (Banff Centre/Against the Grain (AtG)/Canadian Opera Company); Figaro’s Wedding (AtG); God of Carnage (Theatre Calgary);Falsettos (Acting Up Stage Co); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Persephone); True West, My Fair Lady, Little Shop of Horrors, Fire, A Streetcar Named Desire,Death of a Salesman and As You Like It (Blue Bridge Rep);Metamorphoses (Globe Theatre, Regina); The Last Five Years (the Grand, London); Hush (Tarragon); Bird Brain (YPT, Toronto); Chasing the Moment(Arcola Theatre), London UK; and Turn of the Screw and A Number(Belfry). Patrick has also worked as an assistant designer for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC); Complete Works Festival Season; Dirty Dancing & Cabaret, London West-End; Netherlands Opera; Norwegian National Opera and Royal Opera Covent Garden. Watch for Patrick’s next project, The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst with Alberta Theatre Projects and Ghost River Theatre, opening in February, 2015.

Jason Hand

Jason Hand

Resident Lighting Designer

Jason “Legz” Hand is a Toronto-based lighting designer working in theatre and opera. He has designed at major opera houses in Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Minneapolis, and at theatres and festivals including Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, Shaw, Stratford, and Theatre Calgary. Beginning with the first Bohème in 2011, Jason has lit five of the AtG’s seven productions.

Erika Connor

Erika Connor

Costume Designer

Erika Connor is originally from Kerrobert, Saskatchewan. She has worked on Against the Grain’s productions of Figaro’s Wedding,The Turn of the Screw, AtG’s Messiah, and Kafka/Janáček/Kurtág. Previous costume design credits in Toronto include 10 years with Ross Petty Productions. Erika has also worked with Soulpepper, Canstage, Theatre Passe Muraille, Obsidian and Studio 180.

Rosemarie Umetsu

Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu

Wedding Gown Designer

Rosemarie completed studies in piano performance at Trinity College of Music (UK) and the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto). Later, she graduated from the International Academy of Fashion Design and Merchandising. In 1995 she joined Holt Renfrew as women’s contemporary Fashion Buyer, and then moved to Club Monaco, prior to opening her own fashion design consulting firm in 2000. She launched her own eponymous label in 2004. It has garnered a strong niche following of artists, musicians, writers, dancers, singers, actors. The Atelier’s first free-standing boutique opened May 2005, in Toronto’s trendy Yorkville area.

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