— Opera in the Garden
A showcase of the AtG Academy Artists
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Canadian Opera Company’s Max Tanenbaum Courtyard Garden
227 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1E8

Advance Tickets Sold Out, At the Door Tickets ($35) Cash Only

A curated afternoon of opera “al fresco,” performed by members of the AtG Summer Intensive Program.

Tucked behind the Canadian Opera Company offices is the stunning Max Tanenbaum Courtyard Garden — an inner-city oasis with ivy growing four stories high. Join us there on Sunday, August 19, for an afternoon of live music and cool refreshments as artists serenade you with scenes and arias from operas we love (and love to hate). We’re rolling out the piano to show off what we’ve been working on with our Academy Artists over the course of our week-long summer training program.

Advance purchase strongly recommended as seating is extremely limited; cash tickets available at the door, pending availability. All proceeds support AtG’s year-round programming and future Summer Intensive training workshops.

In case of rain, we will move indoors. No intermission.

Everything You Need To Know About The Performance

About the Summer Intensive Young Artists Program

“A professional and educational summer training program for today’s musician.”

This exclusive professional summer training program (running over August 13–19, 2018 in downtown Toronto, Canada) is tailor-made to individual singers’ needs.

This program lets you bring your best, your worst, your tired, your polished, (and the ones you won’t do for many many years, but want to look at it) into a space to work on the development of your craft. This intensive is meant for you to prioritize your individual artistic needs, in the middle of August when audition season is just around the corner. Bring us your Mozart. Bring us your weird. Bring us that random piece you really want on your audition package but it’s “just not coached enough.” Or, work on your upcoming roles for the 2018/2019 Season. We’re here to make this program uniquely yours, and we want to make sure you get what you need to set you up for success.

Guided by some of the core members from the Against the Grain Theatre Creative Team (Joel Ivany, Topher Mokrzewski and Miriam Khalil), applicants will be offered individual coaching, voice lessons, scene study, masterclasses, and professional organization skills.

Questions? Contact info@againstthegraintheatre.com with “[Your Full Name] + Against the Grain Summer Intensive” in the subjectline and a real human will reply ASAP.

Photos: Darryl Block

Key Dates

Sunday, August 19 (3pm–4pm) – Opera in the Garden (Final Showcase)


Under 35

$ 25

General Admission

35 and Better

$ 35

General Admission

Advance Tickets Sold Out

Rush tickets available at the door: $35 Cash Only


Cash & Credit accepted. Beer and a selection of wine provided by Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery.


Canadian Opera Company’s Max Tanenbaum Courtyard Garden
227 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1E8
Entrance marked “Imperial Oil Theatre” near Berkeley St


Photos: Darryl Block Photography


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Joel Ivany

Joel Ivany

Founder & Artistic Director


Joel Ivany is the Founder and Artistic Director of AtG, and is the artistic director of Banff Centre’s “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 (revival at Norwegian National Opera). He is the author of five (and counting) original librettos. He was a Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee for Outstanding Direction (AtG’s Figaro’s Wedding), Outstanding New Opera/Musical (AtG’s #UncleJohn) and the recipient of the same prize for Figaro’s Wedding. Recent mainstage directing credits include debuts at the Canadian Opera Company (Carmen) and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Mozart’s Requiem). Recent mainstage directing credits include Canadian Children’s Opera Company (Brundibár), new productions of Dead Man Walking (Vancouver Opera and Minnesota Opera), Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus (Banff Centre) and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins). Upcoming directing credits include Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre at Rockport Chamber Music Festival and Orphée⁺ at Banff Centre.

Christopher Mokrzewski

Topher Mokrzewski

Founding Member & Music Director


Conductor, pianist and vocal coach, Topher Mokrzewski is a steadily rising figure in the world of Canadian opera. He is currently Music Director of the acclaimed Toronto indie opera company Against the Grain Theatre, is Music Director of the Open Space Opera Program at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and recently completed four seasons as Resident Conductor of Calgary Opera. A graduate of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio and the Eastman School of Music, he is frequently sought as a soloist, collaborator and music director. He has served on the music staff of the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier, the Chautauqua Institute, Highlands Opera Studio, among others. Recent conducting engagements of note include: Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, South Pacific and The Mikado at Calgary Opera, Vivier’s Kopernikus and Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at Banff Centre and the Toronto Summer Music Festival, Handel’s Messiah, Bound (a reimagined updated Handel project) and the critically acclaimed production of A Little Too Cozy with AtG, as well as Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man at the Glenn Gould School. As pianist, Topher recently performed Messiaen’s titanic Turangalîla Symphonie with the Calgary Philharmonic. The remainder of 2018 sees Mokrzewski returning to Against the Grain Theatre, as well as the Banff Centre, where he will conduct Gluck’s Orphèe et Eurydice and Bernstein’s Candide.

Miriam Khalil

Miriam Khalil

Founding Member & Artistic Advisor


One of Canada’s acclaimed sopranos, Miriam Khalil has sung at Glyndebourne, Aldeburgh, and with North American companies and orchestras from coast to coast, including the Canadian Opera Company, Minnesota Opera, Edmonton Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Hamilton, Opera Lyra Ottawa and Opera Tampa. She is a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio and a Founding Member of Against the Grain Theatre. Her roles with AtG include Mimi in La Bohème, the Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Susanna in Figaro’s Wedding, Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande, Elvira in #UncleJohn, the soprano soloist in AtG’s Messiah and most recently Osvaldo Goijov’s song cycle Ayre (Banff, AB, Toronto and Ottawa, ON). Her 2017/20178 season includes company debuts with Urban Arias in Washington DC, Fargo Moorhead Opera in North Dakota, Rockport Music Festival in Maine and Centro Cultural Kirshner in Buenos Aires, Argentina and return engagements with Edmonton Opera and AtG.


Joel Ivany
Topher Mokrewski
Miriam Khalil
Elliot Madore
David Eliakis
Kerry Agnew
Hyejin Kwon
Erica Sun

Guest Lecturers

Zoe Band
Associate Manager from Dean Artists Management

Alexander Neef
General Director, Canadian Opera Company and Artistic Director, Santa Fe Opera

The Cast

Annie Ramos
James Brown
Emili Losier
Jonathan MacArthur
Kallie Clayton
Philip Klaassen
Whitney Sloan
Meghan Jamieson
Camille Holland
Gwendolyn Yearwood
Gwenna Fairchild-Taylor
Jaclyn Grossman
Janelle Lapalme
Jonelle Sills
Madison Angus
Justine Owen
Rebecca Townsend
Ryan Downey
Shaelyn Archibald
Kieran Kane