Loose Tea Music Theater and Highlands Opera Studio are partnering to create the LTMT BIPOC Composer-Librettist Development Program.
The intention of the program is for the two companies to present two productions for in-person performances; according to an official press release, there will be 16 public performances/events in Haliburton County including concerts, masterclasses, opera performances and community outreach events.
Among the works that will be the subject of workshops as part of the program are “Inertia” and “The Museum of the Lost and Found”.
“Inertia” by Ashley Au and Christene Browne focuses on the isolation of the elderly, perceptions of death and stagnation, among other themes. In the work, two elderly neighbours/strangers who become friends when Death spares them.
Meanwhile, Olivia Shortt’s “The Museum of Lost and Found” presents a metaphor for missing persons cases and how society deals with them.
Additionally, Troy Defour and JT Rivera are also developing their own works.
“Since the inception of HOS, the focus has been on accepting difference, acknowledging diversity of all kinds and while striving to provide opportunities to address negative impacts, structural barriers and to the power dynamics that can be present in the world of opera,” Highland Opera Studio Co-Artistic and General Director Valerie Kuinka said in the press release. “We strive to represent and support diverse cultural and social perspectives and preferences across the organization and in all of our activities, including commissioning and presenting new Canadian works that tell the stories of today. Welcoming LTMT into the community of the 2022 HOS professional program and season of performances will continue our established commitment at HOS to tackle the very real issues of systemic racism in opera, to support all marginalized groups in society. and focus on raising awareness and implementing positive change.