From the Diary of Virginia Woolf: Muse 9

Muse 9 Productions is a Multi-disciplinary Music Theatre production company based in Toronto, Canada.

muse9Founded by Operatic Stage Director Anna Theodosakis (COC, UofT Opera, MYOpera) and Collaborative Pianist Hyejin Kwon (COC, UofT Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore), Muse 9 strives to showcase unheard voices in the Indie opera scene in Toronto, and seek out talented individuals across artistic mediums who inspire the company to collaborate and tell feminist stories in unique ways.

Muse 9’s first production, “From the Diary of Virginia Woolf“, is a theatrical art song performance featuring the music of Dominick Argento and Amy Beach paired with excerpts from Woolf’s novels, letters, and diaries. It is an artistic exploration into the life and mind of the brilliant writer and feminist icon Virginia Woolf through the performances of Mezzo Soprano Victoria Marshall, Actor Keshia Palm, and Dancer Renee Killough.

“Each of the three performers represent a facet of Woolf ranging from her public persona to her inner most thoughts.” Explains co-founder and Stage Director Anna Theodosakis, “Different parts of her personality and experience are portrayed through a combination of song, dance, and Woolf’s own writing. It’s been exciting to see the diverse ideas these three women bring to the rehearsal and creation process based on their unique disciplines.”

Staged at the Ernest Balmer Studio in Toronto’s Historic Distillery District on April 13th at 8pm, it will feature music direction and piano by Hyejin Kwon, stage direction by Anna Theodosakis, and lighting design by Wesley McKenzie. Proceeds from the event will go to CAMH. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com under From the Diary of Virginia Woolf. https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3351476

Anna Theodosakis is a Toronto based stage director and choreographer originally from Vancouver. This fall Anna was the Assistant Director for the Canadian Opera Company’s Arabella, choreographed UofT Opera’s Don Giovanni, assistant directed Tapestry Opera’s Briefs, directed Tafelmusik’s Haus Musik, and directed the premiere of Shot for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Select 2017 directing credits include: L’italiana in Algeri (MYOpera), Les contes d’Hoffmann (Opera Laurier), dawn always begins in the bones (Canadian Art Song Project/COC Ensemble Studio), La boheme (Muskoka Opera Festival) and L’elisir d’amore (COSI). Upcoming projects include directing The Tender Land (Opera Laurier), choreographing Of Thee I Sing (UofT Opera), assistant directing The Nightingale and Other Short Fables (COC), and coaching the COC Ensemble Showcase. She is a dramatic coach for the COC Ensemble Studio and teaches dance for UofT Opera. Anna is the recipient of the Vancouver Opera Guild’s 2017 Career Development Grant.

Pianist and co-founder of Muse 9 Productions, Korean pianist Hyejin Kwon is currently based in Toronto, actively working as a vocal coach. She has received her Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music degrees from Peabody Conservatory and Artistic Diploma from University of Toronto opera. She is also a graduate of Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. Hyejin has worked as a music staff at Canadian Opera Company, University of Toronto Opera, St. Andrews Opera Workshop by the Sea, Repertory Opera Theatre in Washington, Lyric Opera Baltimore, and Shoestring Opera, and was a vocal accompanying fellow at Aspen Music festival. This upcoming summer she will be one of the fellows at the Music Academy of the West.

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