January 11, 2020

A lush fusion of Arabic, Hebrew, Sardinian, and Sephardic folk melodies and texts, Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre is a thrill to experience and a brilliant example of 21st-century cultural counterpoint. We first presented the celebrated song cycle at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and then took it on the road to the Ottawa International Chamber Festival and a sold out run at the breathtaking Ismaili Centre. Now, we’re bringing it home to Toronto for one night only at Koerner Hall to open the 21C Music Festival.

Lebanese-Canadian soprano and AtG Founding Member Miriam Khalil sings this technically challenging and deeply moving song cycle with accompaniment by 11 world-class instrumentalists. The performance is staged by Joel Ivany, and an evocative setting praised by audiences and critics alike is lit by AtG Resident Lighting Designer Jason Hand.


What You Need to Know About the Performance

Beginning at 8pm at Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music. The first half of the program will feature works by Golijov including Mariel, K’vakarat, and Tenebrae. There will be an intermission, and then Part II of our evening: the presentation of Ayre.

Read the house program from the 2017 production

Read the libretto


Ayre is presented in partnership with the 21C Festival, and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Sung in Arabic, Hebrew, Sardinian, and Sephardic, with translations. The performance is 2.5 hours including an intermission.

Photos: Darryl Block


January 11, 2019


Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music
273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1V6

Press (2017 Production)


Miriam Khalil


Creative Team

Osvaldo Golijov

Composer & Musical Consultant

Joel Ivany

Stage Director

Jason Hand

Lighting Designer

Anna Treusch

Costume Designer