*Please note BOUND is now postponed indefinitely. Please read our official statement and respond to COVID-19*

“Each person has done something to threaten Peace, Order and Good Government. In a series of spoken dialogues and sung arias, we discover who they are and what the charges are.”  — Toronto Star

In Spring 2020, composer Kevin Lau and librettist Joel Ivany present the world premiere of BOUND. A fully realized three-year concept to realization project that infuses new sounds and ideas into the backbone of Handel’s existing works.  In the wake of the world’s refugee crisis, this operatic premiere explores the current state of those displaced, dehumanized and mistreated, with texts and stories drawn from real-life news articles and world events. Additional text by Amanda Hadi.


REFUNDS: If you bought tickets for BOUND, the Harbourfront Centre Box Office will be in contact with regards to refunds in the coming days. Please bear with us in these unprecedented circumstances.

“Patrons with tickets for upcoming events will be contacted with details of any postponements or cancellations. We appreciate your patience as we work with our partners, artists and their teams to reschedule events wherever possible.” — Harbourfront Centre

To reach the Harbourfront Centre with any questions or concerns:

Box Office: 416 973 4000, press 1 or
General: or 416-973-4679


All photography by Darryl Block. For hi-res imagery, click here to download.

Press for BOUND v. 2 (2018)

BOUND v.2 (2018)

Review: A shift from traditional opera, Bound v.2 holdsgreat power as a secular oratorio | The Globe and Mail
“His [Kevin Lau] is a vivid palette of orchestra colours, a spectrum broadened further by the electronic work of sound designer Acote, and the inspired conducting by AtG music director Topher Mokrzewski.”

Transformation: Bound v. 2 | Schmopera
“BOUND v.2 is a stunning piece of music, and it is still only in its incubation stages. I look forward to the third and final incarnation.”

Review: Against the Grain Theatre’s Bound v. 2: “no less powerful or radical for its simplicity” | Opera Canada
“For a work in development, Bound v.2 is impressively realized—it will be exciting to see its final form next year.”

BOUND v. 2: power struggles | barczablog
“It might be the edgiest thing AtG have ever done.”

Bound 2.0 | Opera Ramblings
“I would rate this score a real success.”

Bound v.1 (2017)

Opera plucked from today’s public-safety issues | Toronto Star
“Each person has done something to threaten Peace, Order and Good Government. In a series of spoken dialogues and sung arias, we discover who they are and what the charges are.”

Opera in the Age of Trumpism — An interview with Lebanese-Canadian soprano Miriam Khalil | COC Notes, Issue 3
“I for one am very excited to see where this show might lead and what other “protests” it might inspire.”

Bound Unbounded | Opera Going Toronto
“The power of the piece resides in the moment.”

Why AtG’s New Mash-up Opera Will Surpass All Your Expectations | Ludwig Van Toronto
“Some might argue this show is like a peaceful protest that sheds light on opinions from various backgrounds to question stereotypes, and better appreciate the differences between these people.”

#AtGBound “A Shocking Immediate Connection” | Schmopera
“The music of Handel’s operas seems to strike a unique balance between storytelling at extremely high stakes…”

Creative Team

Kevin Lau


Joel Ivany


Mitchell Cushman

Stage Director

Nathan Brock

Music Director

Anahita Dehbonehie

Set Designer

Nick Blais

Costume Designer

Jason Hand

Lighting Designer

Jeff-Antoine Cote

Sound Designer

Remington North

Production Manager

Taryn Dougall

Stage Manager

Christine Luksts

Assistant Stage Manager


Beste Kalender

Mezzo soprano, Noor Haddad

Breanna Sinclairé

Lyric Soprano, Kelly Davidson

Ernesto Ramirez

Tenor, Roberto Garcia

Justin Welsh

Baritone, Ahmed Habib

Martha Burns

Actor, Voice of The State