Larissa Koniuk soprano Larissa141x141

Christopher Enns tenor Chris141x141

Wesley Shen piano/music director Wesley141x141

Erika Nielsen cello Erika141x141

Sonja Rainey projection artist Sonja141x141

Stepanie Tritchew mezzo soprano Stephanie141x141

Geoffrey Sirett baritone Geoff141x141

Ilana Waniuk violin Ilana141x141

Liza Balkan stage director Liza141x141

Presenting: shadow box

This year Bicycle Opera is thrilled to unveil our 2015 touring production: shadow box.


shadow box is a collection of eight contemporary opera scenes, but with one vision – exploring our mind’s relationship to memory: what we treasure dearly and what haunts us in turn. Audiences should expect something very different from shadow box; a single narrative experience.  Along with returning stage director Liza Balkan, Bicycle Opera welcomes set designer and live projection artist Sonja Rainey. Known for her tactile and experiential approach, Sonja will be using real-time projection art to explore the shadows that live beyond the surface.

In addition the Bicycle Opera Project engages in their first commissioned work: Ride of the Bicycle Bells by Christopher Thornborrow.  This Toronto based composer, Bicycle Opera friend, and cycling enthusiast mashes together operatic overture with a bike-y twist - it's scored for 11 bicycle bells (and 1 bike horn!)

shadow box is:

The Auction - Prologue music: John Burge libretto: Eugene Benson

What time is it now? music: Anna Höstman libretto: P.K. Page

The Blind Woman* music: James Rolfe libretto: David Yee

The Yellow Wallpaper* music: Cecilia Livingston libretto: Nicolas Billon

Dreaming Duet  (from The Bells of Baddeck) music: Dean Burry libretto: Lorna MacDonald

Submission* music: Dean Burry libretto: David Yee

Our Lady of Esquimalt Road music: Leila Lustig libretto: Geoff Hargreaves

Back by popular demand, our programme would not be complete without Bianchi: A five-minute Bicycle Opera.  Now something of a Bicycle Opera theme song, composer Tobin Stokes wrote this mini-opera while packing in as many bicycle puns as possible!

*Created at Tapestry Opera's Composer-Librettist Laboratory


Tickets are now available for Ontario performances - check the locations and dates below, chances are we are coming to a community near you!!

AUGUST 17 - BRACEBRIDGE OperaMuskoka at Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre

AUGUST 20 - BARRIE Memorial Square

AUGUST 22 - MIDLAND Brookside Music Fest Midland Cultural Centre

AUGUST 25 - LINDSAY Glenn Crombie Theatre (Fleming College)

AUGUST 27 - PORT HOPE Northumberland Opera Guild Batterwood House

AUGUST 30 - BLOOMFIELD Bloomfield's Centre for Creativity Baxter Arts Centre

SEPTEMBER 1 - KINGSTON The Octave Theatre

SEPTEMBER 3 - TORONTO Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre

SEPTEMBER 4 - TORONTO Curbside Cycle


SEPTEMBER 6 - TORONTO Evergreen Brick Works