Audiences filled a Distillery District dance studio to watch this double-bill of phenomenal and rarely performed song cycles: Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments and Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared.

Sung in German and French, with English surtitles.

Photos courtesy of Darryl Block


March 1 & 2, 2013
The Extension Room
30 Eastern Avenue, Toronto


Review: Kafka / Janáček / Kurtág | Opera Going Toronto
“With their latest production, this visionary little company continues to redefine the look and sound of performance in Toronto.”

Review: Kafka / Janáček / Kurtág | CharPo Canada
“They’re frown-worthy works, full of challenges, experiments and discomfort. Yet in the end they remain rewarding pieces that are given an elegant, minimalist production by a Toronto company that prides itself on being a ‘band of rogue arts makers’.”

Against the Grain does Kurtág and Janáček | Definitely the Opera
“Superb. They’re one of the few companies left in town that pair contemporary vocal music and smart low-budget staging in unusual locations.”

Review: Kafka / Janáček / Kurtág | barczablog
“I wish someone would record their remarkable performances so I could hear it all again.”

Kurtág and Janáček in the Extension Room | Opera Ramblings
“Against the Grain Theatre have another hit on their hands. Joel Ivany once again successfully combines young talent, unusual repertoire and a funky performance space to create a brilliant evening of song and story.”

An Evening of Kurtág and Janáček | Concerto.net
“An absorbing evening of musical drama in a non-traditional venue… The work amounts to a tour de force…”


Jacqueline Woodley (Soprano)


Colin Ainsworth (Tenor)

Farmer Boy

Eugenia Dermentzis (Mezzo-soprano)


Lauren Segal (Soprano)

The Gypsy

Lesley Bouza (Mezzo-soprano)


Sarah Halmarson (Soprano)


Creative Team

Joel Ivany

Stage Director

Christopher Mokrzewski

Music Director

Kerry DuWors


Michael Gianfrancesco

Set and Costume Designer