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The Mute Canary

Friday, September 14 - Saturday, September 15 2018 7:30pm
Sunday, September 16 2018 2:00pm

The Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Turning Point Ensemble (TPE), the innovative chamber ensemble, is excited to be kicking off its season with the world premiere production of The Mute Canary, a new opera by 86-year-old Rudolf Komorous, one of the most fascinating contemporary composers of his generation.  Owen Underhill conducts the one act opera featuring the stunning voices of Daniel Cabena, Alexander Dobson and Anne Grimm and expands the concert to include a retrospective of definitive Komorous compositions.

Based on a 1919 dada play by Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, The Mute Canary spotlights three isolated characters with multi-personalities - a despotic baritone, Riquet, (Alexander Dobson) who can only be described as Trumpian in his manic delusions, a soprano Barate, (Anne Grimm) who represents the power of love, and a countertenor Ochre, (Daniel Cabena) who is a magical creature convinced he is the composer Charles Gounod. Ochre is the keeper of the mute canary.

In addition to the one-act opera, the concert will feature three additional works by Komorous, his radical minimal composition Olympia (1964) as performed by Christopher Butterfield and Owen Underhill (both former students of Komorous), 23 Poems about Horses for narrator and ensemble based on the T’ang Dynasty poems of Li Po, and Fumon Manga (1987) for woodwind quintet. 

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