New teams, new operas: Bicycle Opera + Toy Piano Composers

New teams, new operas: Bicycle Opera + Toy Piano Composers

Illustration by Nick Thornborrow.

Next month, Toronto will see the results of a new collaboration between two exciting and innovative groups of musicians. The Bicycle Opera Project, Canada's only opera company who arrives at every show by bike, is teaming up with Toy Piano Composers, a collective of nine composers who champion the creation of new music, and present it in a fun, listeners-first way.

Bicycle Opera and Toy Piano Composers will premiere Travelogue, a new collection of operas by composers Monica Pearce, Elisha Denburg, August Murphy-King, Tobin Stokes, and librettist Colleen Murphy. Travelogue is exciting in itself, and it's part of Toy Piano Composer's inaugural new music festival, Curiosity Festival, happening April 1-9th at Toronto's Arts & Letters Club, the Canadian Music Centre, and Heliconian Hall (find out all about it right here).

Toy Piano co-founders Monica Pearce and Chris Thornborrow, plus Bicycle Opera's Artistic Director Larissa Koniuk and co-producer Geoffrey Sirett, all took the time to chat about their new partnership, and why they're excited to show everyone the fruits of their labour.

For details and ticket information for Travelogue and the entire Curiosity Festival, follow our box office links below.

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Jenna Simeonov

Jenna Simeonov

Jenna is the editor and co-creator of Schmopera.com. She's also a pianist, vocal coach, and répétiteur, and working with singers is how she fell in love with opera. Her favourite operas include Peter Grimes, Ariadne auf Naxos, Tristan und Isolde, Written on Skin, and Anna Nicole.

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    The Curiosity Festival

    Travelogue is the first concert of Toy Piano Composer’s inaugural new music festival, Curiosity Festival, with concerts April 1-9th, 2016.

    In addition to this special two-night collaboration with Bicycle Opera Project, the Curiosity Festival includes Playback, an immersive sound installation at the Canadian Music Centre on April 6th and 7th, and Metal, a metal-inspired chamber music finale with the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble at Heliconian Hall on April 9th.

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