- Artistic Director/Founder
- Alain Viau
Who is Loose TEA Music Theatre?
Loose TEA is a not for profit music theatre company that specializes in classical music productions. Active in the Toronto are, Loose TEA takes an innovative approach to develop and stretch perceptions of the theatre and concert going experience. Loose TEA presents works that challenge the artists and the audience to break from tradition and become engaged together in a story.
Sunday Funday: a don't-miss-it operatic double-header
"One of the things I love most about music is the undeniable connections between different genres," says Amanda Smith, FAWN Founding Artistic Director & Resident Stage Director. " I’ve always listened to electronic music with a similar ear as I do with classical and my experience as a listener is often comparable – so many intricate musical layers and visuals to explore."Read More
Fab nights: Whose Opera is it Anyway?
The players onstage, who in fact make up "Canada's only Opera Improv group" had fun and poked fun. They conjured up cringe-worthy audition situations, laid out solid impressions of well-known opera bosses, and basically roasted every stereotype of "Canadian contemporary opera". By design, what happened onstage was not only relevant to the audience, but hopelessly intertwined.Read More
Loose TEA raises funds for radical new vision of Bizet's Carmen
Viau's new take on the story has John already married to Michaela who comes and pleads for his return home for the sake of their kids, as opposed to his mother in the original. Ricardo is an investment banker ready to support Carmen in her dream of opening her own watering hole in exchange for her feminine charms. John is infatuated with Carmen, as she treats him like he's still a human being - something he doesn't recognize in others after two violent turns in Afghanistan.Read More
Erica Iris: singing a "radically revisionist" Carmen
"Carmen is a passionate woman who lives to fulfill her own desires without compromise. She is strong-minded and determined and doesn't take "no" for an answer. In my opinion, one major misconception about Carmen is that if she's able to get out of any sticky situation, and win things in her favour, then she must have everything under control. She doesn't."Read More
Strength in numbers: Indie Opera T.O.
The launch of Indie Opera Toronto includes profiles of each company's history and creative teams, brand new photography by Dahlia Katz, integrated social media for the Indie Opera platforms and each company's own social media outlets, an integrated calendar for all upcoming productions and short films by Darren Bryant.Read More
Weird & wonderful: Toronto Darknet Market
Last night I went to Mây on Dundas West for one of the most compact, strange evenings of music theatre I've ever seen. Canadian tenor Jonathan MacArthur, Loose TEA Music Theatre Artistic Director Alaina Viau, and Fawn Chamber Creative Artistic Director Amanda Smith have collaborated on Toronto Darknet Market, a fundraising event for Medée Toronto's 2016 production of Medée by Charpentier.Read More
In review: Dissociative Me
I walked into RED Nightclub to catch LooseTea Music Theatre's latest offering, "Dissociative Me". A new transladaptation of Gounod's Faust, in which we find the devious relationship with the malevolent spirit Mephistopheles has evolved into a dissociative personality disorder, where he inhabits the other part of John Faustus's psyche.Read More
Check out: Loose TEA Music Theatre
Loose TEA Music Theatre is heading into its third season, currently in rehearsals for its upcoming production, Dissociative Me, which runs August 18-22nd at RED Night Club in Toronto. The show is an adaptation of Gounod's Faust, with a new libretto by Loose TEA's Artistic Director Alaina Viau and General Manager Markus Kopp. I do like me some devilish opera.Read More
Does new opera raise the bar for performers?
In a competitive industry, I'm fine with the concept of promoting singers who have acting skills and can learn music fast enough to fit into the woefully short rehearsal time many companies are afforded. Survival of the fittest, I say, and new opera is a beautiful and direct route to honing those skills.Read More
In Review: Love in the Age of AutoCorrect
Last night I went to the opening of Loose TEA Music Theatre‘s new production, Love in the Age of AutoCorrect. It was a double bill of updated takes on Stravinsky’s Mavra and Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne, this time entitled Andrew and Andrea. It was out on the pretty terrace of Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu, with a friendly-looking bar to create a beautiful night of outdoor theatre.Read More
Alaina Viau is the Artistic Director of LooseTEA Music Theatre. She's hard at work with the creative team of LooseTEA's upcoming double-bill, Love in the Age of AutoCorrect. The double-bill includes present-day adaptations of Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne and Stravinsky's Mavra.Read More