April 4 - 13, 2019

Against the Grain Theatre

Composer(s): Claude Vivier

Directed by:
Joel Ivany

Montréalais composer Claude Vivier (1948–1983) lived a hard and fast life. Before he was found murdered in his hotel room in Paris at the age of 35, he had spent a career rejecting many traditional ideas of life, music and opera, which culminated in writing his only opera Kopernikus. Subtitled “a ritual opera for the dead”, this opera has gone on to become one of Canada’s most performed operas. The premise? A woman has died and she arrives to the afterlife scared, lost and looking for meaning.

An astounding revelation of an older work made new again... it constitutes a full step into a new directional maturity for the Ivany/Mokrzewski creative team.

- National Post

Kopernikus is astonishing... give the damn thing a national tour.

- Ludwig van Toronto

Upcoming Performances

April 4, 2019 8:00 pm

April 5, 2019 8:00 pm

April 6, 2019 8:00 pm

April 11, 2019 8:00 pm

April 12, 2019 8:00 pm

April 13, 2019 8:00 pm