Gerald Finley Takes on Title Role in ‘Bluebeard’s Castle” at Against the Grain Theatre

Photo credit: Theatre of Sound Gerald Finley will perform the title role of Bluebeard in Against the Grain Theatre’s upcoming performance of Bartók’s “Bluebeard’s Castle.” Mezzo-soprano Charlotte Hellekant will join Finley as Judith. They will present the modern retelling which the Theatre of Sound first produced. This version depicts the love between a long-married couple and their struggles with the {…}

Against the Grain Theatre’s ‘MESSIAH/COMPLEX’ Receives OPERA America Digital Excellence Award

OPERA America announced Against the Grain Theatre’s “MESSIAH/COMPLEX” as the Noteworthy Projects winner in the first-ever Awards for Digital Excellence in Opera. The new award recognizes the “best work created for digital platforms by individual producers and organizations across the U.S. and Canada.” There are four categories which include Artistic Creation, Education/Enrichment Material, University/Conservatory Projects, and Noteworthy Projects. The 2022 {…}

Against the Grain Theatre Commissions ‘Identity: A Song Cycle’ Exploring Multiple and Shifting Identities

Toronto’s Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) has announced the commission of composer Dinuk Wijeratne and writer/poet Shauntay Grant’s “Identity: A Song Cycle.” Baritone Elliot Madore will perform the cycle that charts the protagonist’s journey of self-discovery. The song cycle will premiere as a film in 2022 with an eye toward producing a live show in the future. Madore opened up {…}