NOVEMBER 2ND, 2021 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
MUSIC THEATRE SHORT FILM (20 MINS) ONLINE PREMIERE @ INDIE FEST
Text Me follows a day in the life of 10 diverse women and non-binary female-presenting people, depicting their fears, challenges, and barriers they face living in a world made for and catered to men. Although they don’t all know each other, their stories all tie together in an unspoken pact to keep each other safe “Text me when you get home/Text me when you’re on your way/We look out for each other.”
In partnership with Suzart Productions, Loose Tea Music Theatre developed Text Me from the conversations in our round table discussions with the cast about living in a patriarchal society and violence carried out by men against women. Their stories and passion inspired creative team Alaina Viau (Creator), Samuel Bisson (Composer), and Charlotte Siegel (Librettist).
The 48 Hour Opera Project: Fernweh Edition
NOVEMBER 3RD, 2021 @ 8:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM PDT
VIEWING PARTY (LIVE & VIRTUAL) @ INDIE FEST
Lucky Penny’s 48 Hour Opera is an online collaborative project that challenges teams to write, direct, design and present a new opera in just 48 hours. During this viewing party, audiences will get to watch the operas created over the 48 hours and vote for their favourite.
Loose Tea is supporting the Toronto in-person watch party that brings people together in virtual and physical space to watch and vote on the newest creations.
4 SESSIONS ONCE A MONTH FROM NOVEMBER TO FEBRUARY
FIRST SESSION: NOVEMBER 4TH @ INDIE FEST
Loose Tea Music Theatre and Opera Mariposa are partnering to hold a series of open conversations for disabled and chronically ill artists in the Canadian opera sector. Join us to network, foster dialogue and build community in a safe, supportive space – or share your thoughts anonymously ahead of time!
Supported by Indie Fest and Tapestry Opera.
The Holding Space series is open to Canadian opera artists, arts workers and creators (whether at home or abroad) who identify as disabled/living with a disability or chronic illness. This includes artists with invisible disabilities or health conditions, including mental illness; neurodivergent artists; artists with undiagnosed disabilities; and artists who aren’t sure whether they’re “disabled enough” to participate.
This is the first of four sessions to be held monthly from November to February.
Dream a Dream
DECEMBER 3RD, 2021
Ojibwave’s first in-person concert will fuse Opera, Synthwave, Pop, Indigenous Pow Wow, and Rock & Roll to deliver a unique musical experience. JT’s vision to produce a symphony that incorporates Joanna’s indigenous heritage and culture will create a magical music experience for listeners.
Ojibwave is a Synthwave band from Toronto, Ontario. Through the definitive sounds of the future, they explore and confront issues from within. Through music, they hope their sounds can help others deal with their trauma, in the same way, their sounds are helping them to deal with theirs.
MARCH 4-6 2022
A 30 MIN SEGMENT WILL BE WORKSHOPPED AND PERFORMED BY THE OPERA CLASS AT SIR WILFORD LAURIER UNIVERSITY
This currently untitled piece delves into the Caribbean and world view of life on the sea and the story of non-binary/gender-defying pirate leaders of Anne Bonny (Bonn) and Mary Reed (Mark). We are opening roles for non-binary and transgender singers while also allowing for different relationship dynamics on stage. By choosing the setting of the pirate society for this opera, we can explore a story in a surprisingly progressive society supporting all genders, races, sexualities, and relationships.
Co-creator and Director: Alaina Viau
Composer: Ashley Seaward
Librettist: Troy Defour
The Museum of the Lost and Found: gaakaazootaadiwag
MARCH 23-27, 2022
WORKSHOP AND INSTALLATION AT MOCA
When items from the Lost and Found box don’t return home, Are they forgotten or believed to be lost forever? When a person is lost or missing, when do we stop looking for them? This opera focuses on a fictional museum in the woods whose exhibits are items from various Lost and Found boxes. You can only visit if invited. While the story focuses on the weirdness of the tour guide and the exhibits, in reality, it is an allegory about how Western society treats missing person cases (specifically MMIWG2S: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People).
A new opera by Olivia Shortt (composer and librettist) and co-creator Alaina Viau.
Singing Only Softly
LTMT is bringing our DORA nominated opera, Singing Only Softly, to film. Inspired by the redacted entries and newly discovered pages of Anne Frank’s diary, this opera explores a more nuanced character than the one that is presented in the redacted diary. On the contrary to Otta Frank’s version of flattening his daughter’s character to that of an innocent child, Singing Only Softly showcases the more complex, self-aware and self-represented woman Anne Frank articulated herself to be.
BIPOC Composer-Librettist Development Program
SECOND STAGE WORKSHOP
CLDP participants will undergo a two-week intensive technical workshop. Their operas (Bowls and Inertia) will have a full production workshop bringing their pieces to life on stage. Second stage workshops are imperative for the creators to discover how the audience reacts to their work, understand the full technical journey from their idea on the page to the stage and allow for changes to be made before a full premiere.
Program Participants: Nam Nguyen (Librettist), Shreya Jha (composer), Ashley Au (Librettist), Christene Browne (Composer).
Program Mentors: Eliot Britton, Marjorie Chan, Marcia Johnson, Cecilia Livingston.
VANCOUVER, NOVEMBER 2022
LTMT, in partnership with Re:Naissance Opera, Sound the Alarm Music Theatre and Array Music, are creating a new production for the Canadian Premiere of Angels Bone by composer Du Yun & Canadian librettist Royce Vavrek. Addressing human trafficking and the exploitation of youth in our communities, this opera is being produced with a non-hierarchical lateral leadership style involving a three-person directing team, music directors and an advisory team from our Human Trafficking Context and Committee.