The Bicycle Opera Project brings contemporary Canadian opera music to communities across Ontario, by bicycle. These singers work to demythologize the idea of "opera singer" by breaking operatic tradition.
They bring Canadian music to people who might otherwise have little opportunity to hear it, and work to close the distance between audiences and opera singers through performance in intimate spaces. The project focuses on operatic repertoire that deals with contemporary issues relevant to all audiences. The scenes are sung in English (and sometimes in French) so that audiences can more readily relate to the material.
In 2012, the project was launched by cycling to Peterborough, Port Hope, Belleville, Prince Edward County, Kingston, and Gananoque, bringing along two trailers full of our props, costumes, and instruments. In July 2013, the tour began by cycling west of Toronto to Hamilton, Guelph, Elora, Fergus, Kitchener, Waterloo, Bayfield, London and Stratford.
This really is quite a unique project, and definitely something not to be missed. Given its transport limitations, don't expect elaborate costumes and set designs, but do expect to be dazzled and entertained by these professional performers who just happen to be dedicated cyclists as well.
This season wraps up with two final shows in Toronto this weekend. Read more about the Repetoire and Cast here.
St Andrews by the Lake Church
Final show and celebration TBA
Watch the website for 2015 dates.