Check out a behind the scenes look at Suffragette to learn more about the shows and the characters in them!
Not many composers can claim that their work directly affected the rights and freedoms of millions of people. While Dame Ethel Smyth’s name may not be known to many even within the classical music sphere, her contributions as an ardent supporter of the suffragette movement in England and her achievements as a woman composer at the turn of the century helped empower and pave the way for many women to demand equal rights and opportunities.
Opera 5 presents Suffragette – a double bill of operas by Dame Ethel Smyth. The evening will showcase the range of Smyth’s work with O5 flair featuring Fête Galante and the feminist opera The Boatswain’s Mate. With the Suffragette movement in mind, Opera 5 has a completely female production team leading Suffragette. Accompanied by a chamber orchestra performing composer-original reductions edited by Valerie Langfield.
Suffragette will be presented at Theatre Passe Muraille – The Mainspace
Thursday June 22 at 7:30pm
Friday June 23 at 7:30pm
Saturday June 24 at 7:30pm
Sunday June 25 at 6pm
VIP (Includes entry to post show party): $50*
General Admission: $35
*Available June 22 and 25 only
Tickets available through the Theatre Passe Muraille (TPM) Box Office
Tickets are also available by calling the TPM Box Office at 416-504-7529
Suffragette Production Team
Director: Jessica Derventzis
Assistant Director: Madison Angus
Production Designer: Erin Gerofsky
Lighting Designer: Jennifer Lennon
Stage Manager: Brittney Wernicke
Assistant Stage Manager: Madison Angus
Suffragette Musical Team
Music Director: Evan Mitchell
Repetiteur: Trevor Chartrand
Featuring the Opera 5 Chamber Orchestra
King: Jean-Philippe McClish
Queen: Eugenia Dermentzis
Columbine: Elizabeth Polese
Pierrot: Alan MacDonald
Harlequin: Jonathan MacArthur
The Lover: Kevin Myers
Puppets: Alexandra Smither, Michaela Dickey, Asitha Tennekoon and Jeremy Ludwig
The Boatswain’s Mate
Mrs. Waters: Alexandra Smither
Harry Benn: Asitha Tennekoon
Ned Travers: Jeremy Ludwig
Mary-Ann: Michaela Dickey
The Policeman: Jean-Philippe McClish
Bar regulars: Kevin Myers, Jonathan MacArthur and Alan MacDonald
Opera 5 is excited to announce our production of Suffragette a double bill of “Fête Galante” and “The Boatswain’s Mate” by Dame Ethel Smyth.
The show will be presented in late June 2017 at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace – 16 Ryerson Ave.
Dame Smyth was the first woman composer to have an opera performed at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City (Der Wald, 1903); she composed The March of Women for the Women’s Social and Political Union, which became the anthem for the suffragette movement; and her opera The Wreckers is considered by some to be the most important English opera to be composed between the period of Purcell and Britten.
We have an exciting Canadian cast of singers. The show will be directed by Jessica Derventzis and conducted by Evan Mitchell and will feature a chamber ensemble reduction.
Stay tuned for ticket information and more details on the show!
Opera 5 presents our annual Fundraising event. This time an ugly sweater themed event:
Wednesday December 7, 2016 at 7:30pm
The Extension Room
30 Eastern Ave
‘Tis the season to be jolly! Come get into the holiday spirit at Opera 5’s annual fundraising gala. There will be candy grams (You go, Glen Coco!), carols, and delicious holiday treats! So don your ugliest holiday sweater and come Rock Around the Christmas Tree in support of our upcoming season!
$25-Student/Arts Worker (In advance online only for this price)
$35-General (In advance online only for this price)
$40-At the door
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Food and Drink Sponsor: The Merchant Tavern
Opera 5 will be announcing our Main Stage show for the 2016-2017 in December at Sing Along In Support, our Annual Fundraiser. For now we will tell you the show will be later June of 2017. If you want to be the first to know, make sure to get tickets for Sing Along in Support on December 7, 2016.
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Artistic Director of Opera 5 Aria Umezawa will be heading to San Fransisco for the year to work with San Fransisco Opera as an Adler Fellow in directing. She is the second ever director to receive this prestigious fellowship and the first Canadian and the first woman! Opera 5 is so proud of her achievement and can’t wait to see what she does in San Fransisco!
Aria will continue on as Artistic Director of Opera 5 during this fellowship.
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