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Rob Ford: The Opera

posted 12 Jan 2012, 11:13 by Massimo Guida   [ updated 12 Jan 2012, 11:41 ]
Hello everyone!
I'm inviting you to come see a new opera which I co-composed with my fellow peers Anna Hostman, Adam Scime and Saman Shahi. The libretto was initially written by Michael Albano as part of an assignment for the "Introduction to Operatic Composition" Course, but has now began to attract a lot of attention. The libretto consists of a fictional absurdist caricature of the life of Rob Ford, which is based on the city's reaction to current Mayor of Toronto.
The performance will be in Macmillan Theatre, in the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, at 2.30 on Sunday, January 22nd. Be sure to get there early as it is expected to be a full performance and admission is free! The duration of the opera should be around 70 minutes.
For those who don't know where the Faculty of Music is, it's on Avenue Road, by the Museum Subway Station, next to the ROM and the Law Faculty, behind the Observatory. Here's the map:

http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Faculty+of+Music,+University+of+Toronto,+Queens+Park,+Toronto,+Ontario&aq=0&sll=43.678268,-79.402136&sspn=0.127627,0.308647&ie=UTF8&hq=Faculty+of+Music,+University+of+Toronto,&hnear=Queen%27s+Park,+University+Ave,+Toronto,+Toronto+Division,+Ontario&ll=43.666506,-79.393505&spn=0.003795,0.009645&z=17

Here is some more information about the cast and the opera:

An Opera written by Massimo Guida (Scenes 1 & 2), Adam Scime (Scenes 3 & 4), Anna Hostman (Scene 5), and Saman Shahi (Scene 6 - The Finale).
Libretto written by Michael Albano, performed by the GamUT Contemporary Ensemble and Chorus, conducted by Rafael Luz and stage direction by Erik Thor. This surrealist fantasy is loosely based on the personality of the city's mayor.
Producer: U of T Faculty of Music
Admission: Free
Where: Edward Johnson Building, room: MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queen's Park, Toronto, M5S 2C5, 416-978-5776, www.music.utoronto.ca
When: Jan 22 2012 at 2:30 pm

CAST:
Rob Ford – Andrew Haji
Margaret Atwood – Rosanna Murphy
Mother – Eliza Johnson
Father – Fabian Arciniegas
Homeless Woman – Caitlin Wood
Injured Cyclist – Conrad Seibert
Unhappy Seagull – Jamilynn Gubbe
Secretaries, Minions, Protestors, Librarians and Chorus -
Adanya Dunn, Laura Widgett, Chelsea Van Pelt, Conrad Siebert, Michelle Siemens, Anna Sharpe, Mahi Raptis, Beth Polese,


Here are some links and articles about the opera:

http://www.thestar.com/news/cityhallpolitics/article/1110187--in-rob-ford-the-opera-atwood-is-god?bn=1

http://www.blogto.com/arts/2012/01/rob_ford_opera_bridges_art_and_politics/

http://www.globaltoronto.com/local+director+writes+opera+inspired+by+mayor+rob+ford/6442553135/story.html

http://www.blogto.com/events/50143

http://torontoist.com/2012/01/rob-ford-is-invited-to-an-opera-about-himself/

http://www.globaltoronto.com/video/rob+ford+the+opera/video.html?v=2183746358#interviews/video

http://www.simcoe.com/news/article/1277125--opera-holds-mayor-accountable

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/globe-to/what-the-rob-ford-opera-really-needs-besides-rob-ford/article2294416/

http://www.globaltoronto.com/video/rob+ford++the+opera/video.html?v=2183588574#video

http://www.newstalk1010.com/News/localnews/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10331673

http://www.music.utoronto.ca/about/news/new0105.htm

http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/local/article/1062866--judgment-day-awaits-mayor-in-operatic-spectacle

Hope to see you all there!
Thanks, all the best!
Massimo.

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