About

ABOUT LOOSE TEA MUSIC THEATRE

“The stunning originality of Viau’s vision and a fully engaged, irrepressible cast grip the imagination.” – Opera Going Toronto

Loose Tea Music Theatre is a not-for-profit, charitable music theatre company that specializes in classical music productions, taking an innovative approach to develop and stretch perceptions of the theatre and concert going experience. Loose Tea presents works that challenge the audience and artists to break from tradition and become engaged together in an experience.

Founded in 2013 by director, conductor and stage manager Alaina Viau, Loose Tea’s mission is to revitalize classical musical and operatic works, by imbuing them with the issues and concerns of our present day world, thereby providing a cultural entry-point between opera, andcritical social issues. By revitalizing classical music and operatic works, we identify their timeless relevance to today’s social climate. This exciting opportunity for the arts to explore and increase awareness of critical social issues is of vital importance to Loose Tea.

Mandate

Loose Tea Music Theatre is dedicated to the exploration of cross-cultural and social relationships. Through the use of opera and interdisciplinary performative arts, we creative innovative and relevant productions that explore the universal themes of the human experience and specific social issues, both domestically and abroad.

History

Loose Tea Music Theatre has produced and presented the following works to critical acclaim:

2013 – La Tradegie de Carmen, adapted Bizet’s La Tradegie de Carmen
2014 – Love in the Age of Auto-Correct, adapted Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne and Stravinsky’s Mavre
2015 – Andrew and Andrea; Whose Opera is it Anyway?; Dissociative Me
2016 – Trance Symphony No. 5, adapted Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony
2016 – Carmen #YesAllWomen workshop, adapted Bizet’s Carmen
2017 – Whose Opera is it Anyway?, an ongoing original series
2018 – Ongoing Touring of Whose Opera it is Anyway? at the Music and Beyond Festival and the Hamilton Fringe
2018 – Second Stage Workshop of Carmen #YesAllWomen
2018 – L’Histoire du Soldat in partnership with Toronto Summer Music Festival
2018 – Singing Only Softly, workshop in partnership with Musique 3 Femmes
2019 – Next Wave Workshop of Singing only Softly, Dusty Rose Lake Research
2019 – Singing Only Softly World Premiere
2019 – Carmen #YesAllWomen World Premiere

We also work with numerous artists from outside classical music, and have been commended for our innovative approach by critics, peer organisations and are an active member of the Indie Opera Toronto. Loose Tea is currently collaborating with Toronto Summer Music Festival, Symphony Nova Scotia, and developing a new concept for Music and Beyond. Whose Opera Is it Anyway is developing a touring series.

Alaina Viau
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.

@alainaviau

Board of Directors

Natasha Bood

Ariel Martin-Smith

Aislinn Ritchie

Daniel Roukema

Alan Viau