Bicycle Opera Project rides into Kingston!

Cantabile Choirs of Kingston present
The Heart Sings
with special guests The Bicycle Opera Project
Saturday May 26, 7:30 PM The Spire, Sydenham St United Church
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This May the Bicycle Opera Project rides into Kingston to join Cantabile’s teen and adult choirs in a wonderful program of music from the world of musical theatre and opera.

The program is a feast of musical gems, including upbeat songs like Captain of the Pinafore by Gilbert & Sullivan, Under the Sea by Ashman & Menken, Bernstein’s I Feel Pretty and Be Our Guest from Beauty and The Beast. In contrast are soulful and poignant selections such as Children Will Listen from Into The Woods by Sondheim, Ave Maria From Dialogues des Carmélites by Poulenc, and Contessa, perdono from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. There will also be rousing full chorus selections such as Do You Hear, the finale from Les Misérables, What A Feast from Canadian Cecelia Livingston’s Masque of the Red Death and Make Our Garden Grow from Leonard’s Candide to bring the concert to a soaring conclusion.

As the name suggests, the Bicycle Opera Project (BOP) tours by bicycle, bringing contemporary opera to smaller communities where there is little opportunity to hear it. Acclaimed as one of the country’s most innovative opera companies, one of their goals is to close the gap between opera audiences and singers by performing in intimate spaces, performing primarily new and issue-oriented Canadian works in English.

The hall at The Spire will provide audiences with the opportunity to enjoy the artistry of these wonderful musicians in an ‘up close and personal’ setting. Of special note: Cantabile’s Assistant Artistic Director Geoffrey Sirett, currently receiving rave reviews for his starring turn in The Overcoat in Toronto and Vancouver, is a member of the Bike Opera Project. Those who didn’t get the chance to see his remarkable performance can see him perform at this concert.

The Heart Sings
my heart moves from cold to fire…Pablo Neruda
Saturday May 26, 7:30 pm, The Spire, Sydenham St United Church

Tickets: $22 / $20 / $12
613 549 0099 and in person at Novel Idea, The Church Bookroom, and Long & McQuade.

Guest Artists

Tenor, Chris Enns, is a graduate of UofT in Opera and a former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble.  In addition to the Bicycle Opera, he has frequently sung leading roles with Opera Atelier; recent appearances include the lead in Dido and Aeneas, Charpentier’s Medée, a production seen in Toronto and at Versailles, Mozart’sLe nozze di Figaro and Telemachus in Ulysses. 

Stephanie Tritchew is one of Canada’s most sought-after young Mezzo-Sopranos.  A graduate in opera from UofT she has sung with the Calgary, Edmonton and St. Louis Opera and is currently member of the Young Artists Programme with Vancouver Opera.

Soprano Larissa Koniuk is the co-founder of the Bicycle Opera Project.  She has performed at Toronto Symphony’s New Creations, Royal Conservatory’s 21C Festival, Stratford Summer Music, Westben, and with Tapestry Opera. She recently performed the world premiere of Dean Bury’s The Bells of Baddeck and New York City premiere of Juliet Palmer’s opera, Sweat.

Baritone Geoffrey Sirett (pictured, photo by Dahlia Katz), a Cantabile alumnus, continues to impress musicians and audiences in performances of opera, concert and recital repertoire. His charisma as an actor and a singer made him the ideal choice for the leading role in the world premiere of The Overcoat, a musical version of the stage hit presented by Vancouver Opera, Canstage and Tapestry. Geoffrey also made his debut on the Four Seasons Centre stage in the Canadian Opera Company production of Arabella and the role of Captain Corcoran in Edmonton Opera’s H.M.S Pinafore. Other highlights include his debut with the Toronto Symphony in a production of Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, Oreste in Elektra and Ping in Turandot for Edmonton Opera, Messiah for the Newfoundland Symphony, and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for the Grand Philharmonic Choir.

Thank you to our sponsor and funders at the City of Kingston and Ontario Arts Council