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CREATIVE TEAM

Stephanie Martin, a distinguished composer and conductor, is associate professor of music at York University's School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design. She is director of Schola Magdalena, conductor emeritus of Pax Christi Chorale, and past director of music at the historic church of Saint Mary Magdalene in Toronto.

Paul Ciufo, a noted Canadian playwright, was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Awards for his  play Reverend Jonah, which premiered at Blyth Festival in 2007.  Ciufo's historical drama Narcisse garnered a Governor General's History Award, and his radio drama On Convoy was produced and broadcast  nationally and internationally by CBC Radio.

Director Tom Diamond's critically acclaimed productions include premieres of Chan Ka Nin's Iron Road (Dora Award) and Timothy Sullivan's Florence The Lady With The Lamp (Chalmers Award), and Oksana G

Music director Kimberly-Ann Bartczak is currently conductor in residence at the Calgary Opera. Bartczak is a conductor, pianist, and vocal coach with extensive experience in choral conduction and accompaniment. We are pleased to be working with music director Christopher Mokrzewski in the March workshops.

The Bicycle Opera Project performs new Canadian works and has been met with tremendous praise from audiences, media, and critics alike. The company is known for tackling difficult subject matter with innovative charm, humour, and accessibility for newcomers to opera. Their last premiere, Sweat, dove into the heart of a contemporary sweat shop, exploring the lives of the women who sew our clothing. 

Bicycle Opera cycles from town to town, towing props, instruments and costumes by bike trailer. Designed to bring contemporary Canadian music to smaller communities where there is little opportunity to hear it, our company closes the gap between audiences and singers by performing in intimate spaces.

Lighting designer Gabriel Cropley is a three-time Dora Mavor Moore award nominee. Recent credits include Tales of China for Little Pear Garden Dance, Dido and Aeneas for Toronto Masque Theatre, Sphere of Banished Suffering for Sook-Yin Lee & Jennifer Goodwin, Storytellers for Danny Grossman & Rina Singha, and Taking To The Streets (Nuit Blanche – Queens Park exhibits) for the City of Toronto.

CAST

Kate: Allison Angelo, soprano
Bird: Larissa Koniuk , soprano
Matron: Catherine Daniel, mezzo-soprano
Sergeant Knight: Owen McCausland, tenor
Major Lyon: Keith Lam, baritone
Oberleutnant Patzig: Michael Nyby, baritone
Chorus: Rebecca Genge, Emma Char, Alex Beley

with chamber orchestra