May 12—21, 2016

Completing our trio of Mozart “transladaptations,” this inventive update of Così fan tutte, with a new English libretto by Joel Ivany, presents the comedy of manners as a modern-day wedding reality TV show in CBC Toronto’s Studio 42.

You’re invited to join our studio audience for a live taping of A Little Too Cozy, where you’ll witness the final episode of the reality show that asks its contestants: “Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met?” As the episode kicks off, Cozy‘s final four contestants — Dora, Elmo, Fernando and Felicity — have found their match but, as expected, there’s always a catch.

A Little Too Cozy was workshopped at The Banff Centre in July 2015 as part of the program “Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century” before making its Toronto debut this May 2016.

Sung in English. The performance is 2.5 hours including a 30-minute intermission.

Video by Andrew Martin-Smith (@halfinchdfilms) | Photos courtesy of Don Lee


May 12–21, 2016 at CBC Toronto, Studio 42

July 24–26, 2015 at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts



A Little Too Cozy a wild romp that subverts Mozart: review | Toronto Star
“Against the Grain lives up to its name with sassy English-language take on Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.”

NNNN Rating: A Little Too Cozy marries Mozart and Reality TV | NOW Magazine
“What’s refreshing is that even with the updates and colloquialisms, Mozart’s glorious music — and the opera’s spirit — comes through.”

Filthy Brides, or: AtG Gets Cozy | Definitely the Opera
“In a tech-positive affront on the fourth wall, the AtG encouraged the audience in the studio to tweet (suggested hashtags get repeated and flashed on screens) and take photos. As far as I know, this invitation to engage on social media during the performance is a precedent in Toronto, and a very positive one.”

Amadeus meets The Bachelor in Against the Grain’s A Little Too Cozy | The Globe and Mail
“We modern opera-goers got to feel like the original audiences to all the classics of the opera repertoire: We heard a libretto that was written for us and our times – that was funny, clever, pointed, meaningful.”

Review: A Little Too Cozy | Concerto.net
“The singing is given its full due by well-cast artists who give evidence of being on the cusp of serious careers.”

Review: A Little Too Cozy | Schmopera
“With his trademark energy and style, Topher Mokrzewski guided the cast and pit through the incredibly dense score that is Così as only he can — and you understand in one moment why he’s so in demand as a Musical Director across the country.”

Review: Cozy Fantastic | barczablog
“The CBC’s Studio 42 is just about the coolest place I’ve ever been to see an opera… Cozy is quite a remarkable creation, one that adds extraordinary energy to the original. I can’t recommend this highly enough.”

Review: A Little Too Cozy | Opera Going TO
“This is a splendidly crafted production, bravely mounted, artfully produced. Given the scope of AtG’s latest offering, what lies ahead for Ivany and company will likely surpass even the wildest imaginations.”

Review: A Little Too Cozy | Mooney on Theatre
“All of Mozart’s stunningly lyrical and captivating arias, duets, and ensembles are present… This production is a must see. It is a fresh, innovative, funny, and visceral characterization of love in the technological age.”

Review: Change the Channel | Play Anon
“The audience was reminded of related hashtags (#TeamDora, etc) and encouraged to use cell phones during the production… Ivany creates a foundation that is at once satisfying to opera regulars and enlivening to newbies.”

Cozying up to The Bachelor | NOW Magazine
“Mokrzewski says, “These Mozart adaptations are statements of love for Joel and me, using a different lens to look at Mozart classics. They’re acts of love, not sacrilege.””

A Little too Cozy is a reality show romp — opera-style | Toronto Star
“Sung in English laced with slang and technical references, the “transladaptation” moves the comedy of manners from 18th-century Naples to a modern-day wedding reality TV show in CBC Toronto’s Studio 42.”

A Little Too Cozy updates Mozart for the reality-TV world | The Globe and Mail
“The result is A Little Too Cozy, which opens on Thursday, an adaptation of Così that does for it what Against the Grain’s #UncleJohn did for Don Giovanni a year or so ago.”

John Doyle: In defence of reality TV and so-called trash TV | The Globe and Mail
“It all makes perfect sense, this interpretation… All you have to do is look up a plot summary of Così fan tutte to see that it’s a hilarious farce no less ridiculous in its bones than The Bachelorette.”

Meet the Contestants of A Little Too Cozy | Schmopera
“We asked Felicity, Elmo, Dora, and Fernando about how their romances have blossomed so far, and whether or not they think they’ll find true love on A Little Too Cozy.”

Toronto Cast

Cairan Ryan (Baritone)

Donald L. Fonzo, Cozy show host

Caitlin Wood (Soprano)

Despina, Cozy talent relations

Shantelle Przybylo (Soprano)

Felicity, ad agency accountant

Rihab Chaieb (Mezzo-soprano)

Dora, social media strategist

Aaron Sheppard (Tenor)

Fernando, day trader

Clarence Frazer (Baritone)

Elmo, market analyst

Creative Team

Joel Ivany

Stage Director

Topher Mokrzewski

Music Director

Jason Hand

Lighting Designer

Snezana Pesic

Set and Costume Designer