Following the impact of Amplified Opera’s inaugural AMPLIFY Beta in 2019, the arts organization and Disruptor-in-Residence at the Canadian Opera Company returns to live performance this March with AMPLIFY 1.0, a concert series highlighting diverse stories and perspectives within classical music. AMPLIFY 1.0 will feature three separate programmes curated to represent the chosen artist’s personal and professional experiences on a specific theme. Each evening offers a double bill of concerts performed on the Ground Floor of the Museum, activating and enlivening Jeffrey Gibson’s installation I AM YOUR RELATIVE. Performances run from March 17 until March 20, 2022.
Tickets through Amplified Opera:
March 17 and 19: $45 for general public; $25 for students and seniors
March 20: Accessible Performance: Pay what you can
Thursday, March 17, 2022, 7:30 pm
MisogyME and Wreckonciliation
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 7:30 pm
SPOTLIGHT and MisogyME
Sunday, March 20, 1:00 pm
Accessible Performance: Pay what you can
SPOTLIGHT and Wreckonciliation
A deconstruction of toxic masculinity and exploration of ideas on what it means to be a man in our contemporary world. Pianist and conductor Topher Mokrzewski (he/him) is joined by Bermudian-American baritone Jonathan Christopher (he/him) and Canadian-American stage director Dr. Michael Mohammed (he/him) to unpack the role men play in healing our societies, and when they need to step back. Wreckonciliation – AO co-founder, mezzo-soprano and host of CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera Marion Newman (she/her) is joined by baritone Jonathon Adams (they/them) and stage director and playwright Yvette Nolan (she/her) to stake an Indigenous claim on Western Classical music as part of Indigenous culture due to the process of forced-assimilation and erasure of Indigenous practices.
Canadian Emerging Artists soprano Megan Micelli (she/her), pianist Jennifer Pos (she/her), and director Bridget Ramzy (she/her) explore the struggles and triumphs of disabled persons as they navigate the tumultuous journey between embracing your unique identity and representing a classical ideal within the opera world. The team of emerging artists will be mentored by Aria Umezawa (she/her) and Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野 (they/them).
Mezzo-soprano and pianist Marion Newman is joined by baritone Jonathon Adams and stage director and playwright Yvette Nolan to stake an Indigenousclaim on Western Classical music as part of Indigenous culture due to the process offorced-assimilation and erasure of Indigenous practices.