Just spent the past month at the Banff Centre, working with Against the Grain Theatre on some new opera. Joel Ivany is helping to forge new paths for opera in this country and it was a joy to be a part of it all, creating new work with some dedicated young singers in a gorgeous setting.
My main focus was a workshop production of James Rolfe and Anna Chatterton’s Crush, a commission of the COC, loosely based on Mozart’s Don Giovanni. It’s a challenging new opera, and I can’t remember the last time I felt so proud of a cast. As Jenna Douglas, the music director, said after the final performance, “I feel like I could lift a house.”