Turning Point Ensemble 2018-19 season includes a dada opera debut

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      The Turning Point Ensemble has announced it will kick off its next season with the premiere of a dada opera.

      The innovative contemporary chamber ensemble will perform The Mute Canary on from September 14 to 16 at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. This new, one-act opera is by the 86-year-old Rudolf Komorous, and based on a 1919 dada play by Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes.

      The concert will be an international coproduction with NODO, a new opera festival in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and its Canadian premiere is copresented with SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs.

      The opera features three characters: the despotic and delusional, Trump-like Riquet, (baritone Alexander Dobson); Barate (soprano Anne Grimm), who represents the power of love; and Ochre (countertenor Daniel Cabena), who is a samurai warrior convinced he is the composer Charles Gounod (and who is the keeper of the mute canary).

      The Turning Point Ensemble

      The season continues with a presentation of favourites Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+), the group returning to Vancouver on October 28 at the Orpheum Annex with Generation 2018.  Every two years since 2000, ECM+ has mounted the Generation project, touring Canada with four prizewinning composers. This year Vancouver native James O’Callaghan is one of those four.

      With support from Capilano Review, TPE is embarking on a new Song Room project called Animal Farm, presented at the Orpheum Annex on March 9 and 10, 2019.  Animal Farm will include a new collaboration between poet Renée Saklikar and composer Owen Underhill, a new theatrical work by composer Rita Ueda based on Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea with a libretto by Rod Robertson, and songs by the unheralded Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas.

      Turning Point continues its ongoing partnership with Canadian-Tajik composer Farangis Nurulla-Khoja, who's based in Montreal, with an in-depth portrait concert on May 11 and 12, 2019 at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.  Based on experiences of the Central Asian-born artist, the concert called Sounds Unheard will include the premiere of a Percussion Concerto played by Olof Tzchoppe (from the Percussions de Strasbourg) and the Turning Point Ensemble.  The work is inspired by José Saramago’s novel Blindness.

      Tickets and season passes are available here.