Opera Five Press Release: Nov 6, 2012

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For Immediate Release                                          November 6, 2012

Young Company Combines Music With Food for a
Refreshing Take on Opera

 (Toronto, ON) – Opera Five launches its second season with a triple bill of rarely performed one-act operas, including one Canadian premier. Following on their company mandate of engaging the senses, the first production includes a 3-course tasting menu and stage directed settings of avant garde operas by Hindemith, Rachmaninov and Milton Granger. Performances will take place at Gallery 345 in Roncesvalles on December 4, 5, and 6 at 7:30 PM.

After a sold-out first season, Opera Five presents a 3-show second season with their Winter show at Gallery 345, a Spring show which includes a new commission from Canadian composer, Darren Russo, and a Summer show with the tango-themed opera, Maria de Buenos Aires by Argentinean composer, Piazzolla.

Canadian directors, Aria Umezawa and Erik Thor combine their skills to help create Opera Five’s Winter production at the popular Gallery 345 venue. Alongside the senses of hearing and sight, the company is presenting a 3-course tasting menu thematically tied to each opera with food being prepared by local restaurants. The show features a cast of ten Toronto-based singers and the operas, Hin und Zurück (Hindemith), Aleko (Rachmaninov) and Talk Opera (Granger) a new American opera making its premiere in Canada. Milton Granger, the opera’s composer will be in attendance throughout the run. Musical direction is provided by Maika’i Nash and Kimberly Bartczak.

“We believe that opera is for everyone,” says Rachel Krehm, General Director of Opera Five. “The music and stories have stood the test of time. It’s the packaging that can be viewed as unappealing, and that is what we’re trying to change.”

Opera Five was founded in 2011 by four GTA musicians with a goal to find new audiences through the engagement of the five senses and by presenting operatic stories in both traditional and non-traditional venues. The company is also known for its popular comic web-series titled, Opera Cheats which describe opera plot synopses and opera-going rules with a humorous twist.

Opera Five’s Winter show opens at Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Ave), December 4th-6th at 7:30PM.

Tickets are $25/$30 and can be purchased online at operafive.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.

For more information, contact:

Aria Umezawa
Press Relations Contact
31 Sherbourne Street, Suite 3
Toronto, ON M4W 2T3

Rachel Krehm
General Director
31 Sherbourne Street Suite 3
Toronto, ON M4W 2T3


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