Tucked away in an outdoor courtyard, and featuring an outstanding Canadian cast, including Etienne Dupuis, Miriam Khalil, Gregory Dahl, and Alain Coulombe, this atmospheric production was called “the most dramatically effective production of Debussy’s opera you are ever likely to see.” (Stage Door)

Sung in French with English surtitles.

Photos courtesy of Darryl Block


June 19, 21, 23 & 24, 2014

Canadian Opera Company’s Max Tanenbaum Courtyard Gardens
227 Front Street West, Toronto


Opera review: Pelléas et Mélisande | Musical Toronto
“AtG’s Pelléas et Mélisande was perhaps the highlight of the opera season for me, which compared to a very strong season at the COC and elsewhere, says something very important.”

Pelléas Et Mélisande | NOW Magazine
“Rating: NNNN. It’s hard to imagine a more atmospheric production of Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande than Against the Grain’s outdoor version.”

Pelléas et Mélisande | Stage Door Review
“Against the Grain Theatre is currently presenting the most dramatically effective production of Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande you are ever likely to see.”

Four-month-old baby gets role in Pelleas et Melisande | Toronto Star
“The child of director Joel Ivany and soprano Miriam Khalil has been cast in the role of the baby girl in Against The Grain Theatre’s Pelléas et Mélisande running June 19, 21, 23, and 25.”

First-Person: Director Joel Ivany takes us inside Against The Grain’s Pélleas et Mélisande | Charlebois Post
Against the Grain’s artistic director, Joel Ivany, shares his thoughts about Pélleas et Mélisande at the Charlebois Post.

Ideal Pelléas | barczablog
Leslie Barcza, in advance of our production, considers what would make an ideal production of Pelléas et Mélisande.


Etienne Dupuis (Baritone)


French Canadian baritone Étienne Dupuis has performed on major Canadian and European stages. His roles included Lescaut in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (New Israeli Opera), Marcello in La Bohème (Opéra de Québec and Edmonton Opera), Papageno in Die Zauberflöte (Vancouver Opera and Opéra de Tours), Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette (Opéra de Québec and Hawaii Opera Theater), Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Opéra de Marseille, Opéra de Montpellier, Opéra de Massy and Deutsche Oper Berlin), Silvano in Un ballo in Maschera (Opéra de Paris), Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon (Calgary Opera), Schaunard in La Bohème (Opéra de Monte Carlo), Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor (Opéra de Québec) and Silvio in Pagliacci (Opera de Marseille). He can be heard on two commercial recordings: Gordon Getty’s Usher House and Massenet’s Thérèse.

Miriam Khalil (Soprano)


One of Canada’s rising sopranos, Miriam “The Leb” Khalil has sung at Glyndebourne, Aldeburgh, and with Canadian companies and orchestras from coast to coast. She is a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio and a founding member of AtG. Her roles with the company include Mimi in La Bohème, the Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Susanna in Figaro’s Wedding, Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande, and Elvira in #UncleJohn.

Gregory Dahl (Baritone)


Gregory Dahl’s performances in Pelléas et Mélisande for Opera Theater of St. Louis were hailed for his “appealingly lyrical baritone [that] emphasized Golaud’s inner turmoil over his villainy.” Highlights of recent seasons include John Adams’s El Niño with the Vancouver Bach Choir, Iago in Otello for Calgary Opera, Sebastian in Thomas Adès’s The Tempest for Opéra de Québec, Amonasro in Aida for Manitoba Opera, the title role of Macbeth for Pacific Opera Victoria, St. John the Baptist in Salome for Manitoba Opera, Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore for L’Opéra de Montréal, Escamillo in Carmen for the Brott Music Festival, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Tonio in Pagliacci for Edmonton Opera and the roles of Crespel and Schlemil in Les contes d’Hoffmann for the Canadian Opera Company.

Alain Coulombe (Bass)


French-Canadian bass Alain Coulombe has been praised internationally for “his massively deep bass resonating with stentorian authority” and “his magnetic stage presence.” In a career spanning over 20 years, he has performed with all the major Canadian opera companies, as well as organizations across North America and Europe, including Cincinnati Opera, the Dresdner Philarmonie, the Boston Symphony and the National Orchestra of Spain. Upcoming roles include the Director of the Casino in Prokofiev’s The Gambler with the Netherlands Opera, Thésée in Hippolyte et Aricie with Opera In Concert, Banquo in Macbeth with Opéra de Québec, as well as Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande with Edmonton Opera.

Megan Latham (Mezzo-soprano)


Megan Latham has enjoyed the distinction of recognition in opera, oratorio and recital, and has worked with distinguished conductors including Harry Bicket, Will Crutchfield, Richard Bradshaw, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, David Agler, Jeanne Lamon, Agnes Grossman and Johannes Debus. Previously with AtG, she performed the role of Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw. Her engagements with the Canadian Opera Company include Giovanna in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Voice of the Mother in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Mère Jeanne in Dialogues des Carmélites and Herodias (cover) in Salome. As a concert artist, Ms Latham has been the soloist for numerous works including Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Krönungsmesse, and Vivaldi’s Gloria and Beatus Vir. She has performed throughout North America, and made her Carnegie Hall debut for the Marilyn Horne Foundation.

Andrea Núñez (Soprano)


Soprano, Andrea Núñez is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto’s prestigious Opera School, where she studied under the instruction of Nathalie Paulin and Lorna MacDonald. With UofT opera, she has performed the roles of Norina in Don Pasquale, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, and Cis in Albert Herring, in addition to singing the title role in Händel’s Alcina and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with the Accademia Europea Dell’Opera (AEDO), Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI), Adele in Die Fledermaus with UWOpera, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre (SOLT). She made her debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2014 as the soprano soloist in Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 under the baton of Thomas Dausgaard.

Creative Team

Joel Ivany

Stage Director

Joel Ivany is the founder and artistic director of AtG, and is the program director of The Banff Centre’s “Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century”. His directing credits include productions of Verdi’s Macbeth (Minnesota Opera), Carmen (Vancouver Opera), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Edmonton Opera), Gavin Bryars’ Marilyn Forever (Adelaide Festival) and Le nozze di Figaro (Norwegian National Opera). He is the recent nominee of the Dora Award for Outstanding New Opera/Musical for AtG’s #UncleJohn and the recipient of the same prize for Figaro’s Wedding. His 2015/2016 engagements include mainstage directing debuts at the Canadian Opera Company (Carmen) and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Mozart’s Requiem), the premiere of AtG’s A Little Too Cozy at The Banff Centre, and a revival of #UncleJohn at the Ottawa International Chamber Festival.

Julien LeBlanc

Guest Music Director

One of the most exciting young virtuosi on the Canadian scene, New-Brunswick pianist Julien LeBlanc is recognized as a specialist in the French repertoire, and is highly sought-after as a soloist, chamber player and accompanist. He is co-artistic director of L’Été musical de l’Église historique de Barachois, a summer concert series in New-Brunswick. His love of art song has led him to perform recitals with singers in Moscow, Villecroze (France), London and Oxford as well as in numerous festivals and concert series in Canada, including the Elora Festival; Music and Beyond; the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival; Festivoix in Trois-Rivières; Toronto Summer Music Song Academy; Festival de musique de chambre de la Baie-des-Chaleurs; Festival de musique de Lachine; and Festival Acadien de Caraquet. His performances are frequently broadcast on Espace Musique and CBC Radio.

Camellia Koo

Set Designer

Camellia Koo is a Toronto-based set and costume designer for theatre, opera, dance and site-specific performance installations. Recent designs for opera include Don Giovanni (RCM), and Marilyn Forever (Aventa Ensemble), The Tales of Hoffmann (Edmonton Opera), Maria Stuarda (Pacific Opera Victoria), The Lighthouse (Boston Lyric Opera), Dido and Aeneas (Opera Avalon),Turn of the Screw and La Bohéme (Against the Grain), Giiwedin (Native Earth), andThe Shadow (Tapestry New Opera). Ms Koo is an alumna of the Lincoln Centre Theatre’s Director’s Lab. She is the recipient of five Dora Mavor Moor Awards (Toronto), a Sterling Award (Edmonton), a Chalmers Award Grant, and the Siminovitch Protégé Prize.

Jason Hand

Lighting Designer

Jason “Legz” Hand is a Toronto-based lighting designer working in theatre and opera. He has designed at major opera houses in Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Minneapolis, and at theatres and festivals including Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, Shaw, Stratford, Banff, and Theatre Calgary. He is the recipient of four Dora Award nominations for Lighting Design, and was the 2012 protégé recipient of the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Beginning with the first Bohème in 2011, Jason has lit six of AtG’s eight productions.

Ming Wong

Costume Designer

Ming Wong is a Toronto-based designer working both in costume and clothing. While her main focus is theatrical costume design, she has had the chance to work on a variety of projects including in advertising and television. She has also had the opportunity to assist some of Canada’s leading designers. Ming also creates custom clothing and accessories, as well as personal styling and image consulting.