Against the Grain Theatre Announces New Requiem Film with Canadian Opera Company

By Francisco Salazar

Against the Grain Theatre has partnered with the Canadian Opera Company to present a contemporary film version of Mozart’s Requiem.

The new film will be offered for free to audiences around the world starting on Nov. 27 on AtG TV.

The production by Joel Ivany was conducted by Johannes Debus with soloists Midori Marsh, Marion Newman, Andrew Haji, and Vartan Gabrielian.

In a statement, Ivany said, “As a small opera company, we wanted to find an appropriate way to mark this challenging era, and we’re thankful that the Canadian Opera Company partnered for this special project. We hope that this performance honors those impacted by COVID, and pays tribute to the courage and strength that we’ve seen on display in our communities.”

General Director of the Canadian Opera Company Perryn Leech added, “Reimagining Mozart’s Requiem for this exact moment in time has been a transformative experience for everyone involved. The production is a powerful testament to opera’s ability to speak to the human experience, and we’re proud to collaborate with Against the Grain Theatre.”