Encounters –U of T composers

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 U of T Opera and Faculty of Music student composers present


One performance only

Thursday, January 30 at 5 pm, MacMillan Theatre
Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park

Free admission

Recognized in 2013 by President David Naylor as one of the University of Toronto’s most innovative programs, the U of T Opera Student Composer Collective takes a comic turn this season with Encounters, five miniature operas based upon librettos by Michael Patrick Albano. The production is directed by Erik Thor with music performed by the gamUT Ensemble conducted by Sandra Horst. The production design is by Fred Perruzza with costumes by Lisa Magill.

Encounters is an hour long operatic entertainment comprising five operatic samplings. Grief Encounter, composed by Robert Drisdelle, is a cheeky nod to the operatic convention of surtitles while The Proposal chides us not to take situations at face value.

Following the runaway success of Rob Ford, the Opera two seasons ago, we present In the Shadow of Rob Ford, a romantic scenario composed by Keyan Emami. Two lonely, young people meet during a protest in Nathan Philips Square while Rob Ford, reduced metaphorically to an off-stage voice, provides editorial comment as he packs up his City Hall office.

The Box Office, composed by Bekah Simms, pits an aggravating customer against a heroic box office attendant with hilarious results and the program concludes with Shelley Marwood’s setting of Say No to the Dress, a parody of the rabid obsession with finding just the right bridal gown.

Encounters will have one performance only; Thursday, January 30 at 5 pm in the MacMillan Theatre. Admission is free and the production is made possible through a generous gift from Marina Yoshida.
The MacMillan Theatre is located in the Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park (Museum subway stop).
Encounters is presented as part of the University of Toronto New Music Festival, January 25 – February 2, 2014.

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