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March 12, 2020 – Toronto ON. Against the Grain Theatre presents the world premiere of BOUND by composer Kevin Lau, with libretto by AtG’s Artistic Director, Joel Ivany.  BOUND is a fully realized three-year concept to creation 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.

BOUND features a stellar international cast including Beste Kalender (mezzo-soprano, Turkey/Canada), Breanna Sinclairé (lyric soprano, USA), Ernesto Ramirez (tenor, Mexico/Canada), Justin Welsh (baritone, Canada) and actor Martha Burns (Canada).

For a work in development, Bound v.2 is impressively realized—it will be exciting to see its final form (in 2020).” Opera Canada 2019

Joel Ivany, Founder and Artistic Director commented, “This production marks a major highlight for our company. This is our first commission working with a composer, and will feature the first transgender opera singer in Canadian history.  We are also excited to work with theatre director Mitchell Cushman, who has been leading Outside the March for a decade.”

Inside me is a great fiery lioness. 

She is part of a mighty and strong pride.

Inside me is a source of knowing what’s right, 

And that instinct is screaming at me.   – Libretto, BOUND

Director Mitchell Cushman says “With BOUND, Joel and Kevin have created something entirely unique – reaching back to the music of Handel, in order to gaze unflinchingly forward into a chilling potential future for our country,” He added,  “We invite you, not to witness this operatic event, but to come to experience it – be detained, be interrogated, and (hopefully) stand up and fight back in the name of what binds us all together.”

April 18, 20, 21, 23 and 24, 2020

Kevin Lau – Composer

Joel Ivany – Librettist

Conducted by Nathan Brock

Directed by Mitchell Cushman

Set design by Anahita Dehbonehie

Costume design by Nick Blais

Lighting design by Jason Hand

Sound design by Jeff-Antoine Cote


Harbourfront Centre Theatre 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Box Office: 416.973.4000, press 1 or purchase online

Doors open at 7:30pm. BOUND begins at 8pm, and is approximately 80 minutes (no intermission).

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Sue Edworthy 416.473.5631