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Imperial Oil Opera Theatre, 227 Front St. E
(in collaboration with the Canadian Opera Company)

Dear friends,

Tickets are now available for  Oksana G, an exciting Ukrainian-Canadian opera sponsored in part by the Shevchenko Foundation, making its world premiere in Toronto this May 24-30. Tapestry Opera is pleased to extend a special promotion to welcome the Ukrainian community, and we hope to welcome to you to one of the four shows in this limited run.

Oksana G. is Toronto’s largest opera world premiere in over 15 years and provides a unique opportunity to showcase contemporary Ukrainian language and history in a lush, large-scale performance. Partially set in Ukraine during the tumultuous period of the 1990s, the show engages with the reality of human trafficking, something very relevant to the time, but sadly increasingly in the news here in Ontario.

Ukrainian-Canadian soprano Natalya Gennadi stars in the title role of Oksana, supported by a cast and chorus including recent stars of the Canadian Opera Company and Opera Atelier.

For more information on the show: https://tapestryopera.com/3-oksana-g/

The Ukrainian community code is: OKSANAUC for a 20% discount on all tickets.

Tickets available here: https://tapestryopera.yapsody.com/event/index/56561/oksana-g

Or email DeeAnn Sagar, Manager of Patron Engagement, at dsagar@tapestryopera.com

 

 

Music by Aaron Gervais | Libretto by Colleen Murphy
Tom Diamond–
Stage Director
Jordan de Souza–Conductor
Teresa Przybylski –Designer
Sylvia Defend–Head of Wardrobe

A Tapestry Opera Production

May 24, 2017 – 8pm
May 26, 2017 – 8pm
May 28, 2017 – 3pm
May 30, 2017 – 8pm

Imperial Oil Opera Theatre, 227 Front St. E
(in collaboration with the Canadian Opera Company)

Oksana G. is the story of Oksana, a young Ukrainian woman lured into the world of sex trafficking by a recruiter who unexpectedly falls in love with her. Oksana escapes to a refugee shelter in Brindisi, Italy, where she finds herself entangled in a battle to regain her own strength. With a fierce heroine battling overwhelming odds, Oksana G. challenges operatic conventions and offers an uncompromising portrayal of human trafficking. Led by acclaimed director Tom Diamond (Iron Road, The Shadow) and rising-star conductor Jordan de Souza (M’dea Undone, Rocking Horse Winner), this opera is staged in the Imperial Oil Opera Theatre. With the power of a full orchestra and chorus, Oksana G. is Tapestry Opera’s most significant endeavor in over 15 years.

Starring:
Natalya Gennadi– Oksana
Keith Klassen – Konstantin
Adam Fisher – Father Alexander
Krisztina Szabó – Sofiya (Oksana’s Mother)
Kim Barber–Aza
Aaron Sheppard–Pavlo
Jacqueline Wooley–Nataliya
Alex Hajek–Yuri
Andrea Ludwig–Lyuba
Maria Soulis–Clara
Neil Craighead–Dima
Cairan Ryan–Immigration Officer

   

Artistic Statement: “Opera is about emotional communication; nothing makes an audience relate with a character the way opera does. At the same time, sex trafficking is so prevalent and so terrible that it tends to be dehumanized. Therefore, the story of sex trafficking needs to be told in a way that makes us intuitively realize how real it is. We all know the facts, but we need to feel the plight of a normal girl who gets trapped in this situation; feel that it could have just as easily been us, or our sisters, or our daughters. There are great movies and documentaries about sex trafficking, and afterwards we think, ‘Isn’t that terrible?’ then we forget about it and go on with our lives. Knowing intellectually is an important first step but it isn’t enough. After the Oksana G. opera, we think, ‘That could have been me!’. It is that kind of realization that can galvanize an individual to step up and make a difference in the lives of others. That’s why this story had to be told as an opera.”

 

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