Artistic Director and Founder
Alaina is a daring young opera director, and production manager based in Toronto. She is the founder and Artistic Director of indie opera company Loose Tea Music Theatre where she collaborates with DJ’s, projection artist and filmmakers to produce genre breaking productions. With them she has directed re-imagined contemporary versions of Dissociative Me(Gounod’s Faust), Love in the Age of AutoCorrect(Mozart/Stravinsky) and La Tragedie de Carmen (Bizet). Currently she is leading a re-focus of Bizet’s Carmen as #YesAllWomen that discusses current social issues like gender equality, class society and the impacts of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Alaina developed a monthly series with Carly Heffernan from Second City called “Whose Opera is it Anyway” where the games from the popular show inspire similar games for improvised opera. This year Loose Tea partnered with Toronto Summer Music Festival on a fully staged version of L’Histoire du Soldat at Koerner Hall in July. Opera Going Toronto says “Loose Tea Music Theatre casts a disproportionately long artistic shadow. Anarchic, irreverent, Dissociative Me is a prime example of what makes this compact company well worth watching”.
Loose Tea was invited to perform for the Rhubarb Festival 2016 with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre with Trance Symphony No.5, a Trance/Classical Dance experience of Beethoven’s popular Symphony no.5 with live orchestra and trace DJ. Musical Toronto has said “If this is any indication of the direction of Loose Tea in the future – you’ll want to see what they come up with next”.
Last year Alaina directed and designed HausMusik for Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Orchestra and SOPAC’s inaugural season presenting Suor Angelica and Pagliaccito critical acclaim. She also directed/designed L’isola Disabitatafor Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra in Ottawa for their 40thanniversary. She was apprentice director for Joel Ivany at the Canadian Opera Company with Carmen, and assistant director and production manager for Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Recently, Alaina was assistant director and production manager for a new production ofWest Side Story in the US, and director and designer Cosi fan Tutte for Muskoka Opera.
She has apprenticed with Atom Egoyan at the COC’s Die Walkure in 2015. Alaina has also assisted under Ashlie Corcoran at the Royal Conservatory of Music for Don Giovanniin 2013.
Alaina currently works with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as the Assistant Production Manager and is a member of Indie Opera Toronto.