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Opera Pub

What’s more fun than opera and a beer with friends?

About Opera Pub

AtG’s Opera Pubs are improvised, wild nights that offer up your favourite operatic arias and ensembles, performed by both established and emerging opera talent. Opera Pubs are the perfect introduction for newbies and a welcome break for opera vets who want to see something “a little different.” What’s more fun than opera and a beer with friends?


Opera Pub is headed back out west!

Opera Pub was born in Banff Legion bar in Alberta and then transported to Toronto, where it’s played Amsterdam Bicycle Club, Tranzac Club, and now The Drake Hotel.

But Opera Pub is too much party for just one city, so this season we’re hosting Opera Pubs in Vancouver (in collaboration with City Opera) and Edmonton (in collaboration with Edmonton Opera)!

Watch this video to learn a little more about Opera Pub! 

Or read the Schmopera article (linked below) where AtG’s founding artistic director Joel Ivany and founding Music Director Topher Mokrzewski chat about the origins of Opera Pub.

Read the Article

Times, Dates, & Locations

Location:

The Drake Hotel Lounge

1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3

For more information on the venue, you can visit their website here.

Tickets

It’s free! No tickets are necessary, but reservations are recommended. (Reservations taken up to 30 days in advance).

Book Your Table

If you want to support AtG so we can keep offering these rowdy evenings of fabulous music, you can donate by clicking the button below!

Support Opera Pub
Dates & Times

All Toronto Opera Pubs happen on the first Monday of the month. They begin at 7:30 PM, but you can show up a little earlier if you wish!

See the full list of dates below!

2023/2024 season
October 2nd
November 6th
February 5th
March 4th
April 1st
May 6th

Location:

La Fabrique St.George Winery

7 E 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1M4, Canada

For more information on the venue, you can visit their website here.

Tickets

It’s free! No tickets are required but reservations are recommended. Click here to make one!

But, if you want to support AtG so we can keep offering these rowdy evenings of fabulous music, you can donate by clicking the button below!

Support Opera Pub
Dates & Times

All Vancouver Opera Pubs happen on the first Tuesday of the month. They begin at 7 PM, but you can show up a little earlier if you wish!

See the full list of dates below!

November 7th
December 5th
December 19th
February 6th
March 12th (date change)
April 2nd
May 7th

Location:

Blue Chair

9624 76 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 0K3

For more information on the venue, you can visit their website here.

Tickets

It’s free! No tickets are required, but reservations are recommended. To save a table, just give the Blue Chair Cafe team a call at 780-989-2861!

If you want to support AtG so we can keep offering these rowdy evenings of fabulous music, you can donate by clicking the button below!

Support Opera Pub
Dates & Times

All Edmonton Opera Pubs happen on the fourth Wednesday of the month. They begin at 7 PM, but you can show up a little earlier if you wish!

See the full list of dates below!

January 24th
February 21st
March 27th
April 24th
May 22nd

Creative Team

Greg Finney
Opera Pub Host (Toronto)

Gregory Finney

ATG OG Gregory Finney has been around from the jump. He’s been seen in every performance of ATG’s LA BOHEME (Benoit/Alcindoro) – including the recent national tour and groundbreaking livestream in conjunction with the Banff Centre for Performing Arts and CBC Arts, as well as FIGARO’S WEDDING (Bartolo/Antonio), and #ATGMESSIAH. Having carved out a niche as a top-notch comprimario, Gregory is also a frequent feature with Toronto Operetta Theatre (HMS PINAFORE, THE MERRY WIDOW, LA BELLE HELENE), and with VOICEBOX: Opera In Concert (KAMOURASKA, STREET SCENE, DIE FREUNDE VON SALAMANKA). Gregory is also a regular contributor/reviewer for the opera blog Schmopera and has had his music interviews published in LA SCENA MUSICALE and online at OperaCanada.ca. Greggy is over the moon to be joining th Opera Pub team as host and can’t wait to pound pints and Puccini with everyone.
Opera Pub Répétiteur (Toronto)

Spencer Kryzanowski

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta (Treaty 6), Spencer Kryzanowski (he/him) is a conductor, répétiteur, and vocal coach based in Toronto, Ontario (Treaty 13). Currently, he is on staff in the University of Toronto Opera department as a répétiteur and vocal coach, music staff at the Royal Conservatory of Music, the resident pianist for Against the Grain Theatre's Opera Pub series in Toronto, and music staff with Pop Goes the Opera in Edmonton.

Spencer believes strongly in equity, diversity, and inclusion in the rehearsal room and on stage. For Spencer, creating safe and brave spaces where everyone's voice and input is valued and where singers and musicians can explore the full range of their artistic practice is essential for all projects.

As a conductor and music director, Spencer has worked on numerous productions across Canada. Most recently, he music directed Hank & Gremlin with Good Mess Opera. This new adaptation of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel features an exciting and timely libretto by Sawyer Craig that will be made into a feature-length claymation movie.

Spencer made his conducting debut with University of Toronto Opera in January 2023, conducting Disobedience, a new opera written by UofT's Student Composer Collective. His other conducting and music directing credits include Puccini's Il tabarro with Pop Goes the Opera, Arthur Benjamin's A Tale of Two Cities with UofT Opera, Puccini’s La bohème with Mercury Opera, Puccini’s Suor Angelica with Pop Goes the Opera, and Rebecca and the Bad Wizard, a children's opera.

Spencer's recent répétiteur credits include Nino Rota's Il cappello di paglia di Firenze and a comedic triple-bill of Hindemith's Hin und zurück, Offenbach's Monsieur Choufleuri, and Douglas Moore's Gallantry. Other credits include Copland's The Tender Land; Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia; Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi; and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Spencer had the pleasure of workshopping Melancholia, an opera based on the Lars von Trier film, by Mikael Karlsson and Royce Vavrek in 2023 for the Royal Swedish Opera.

Opera Pub Répétiteur (Vancouver)

Perri Lo

Perri Lo is a pianist and vocal coach, working in opera, chamber music, and dance. She is passionate about intertwining these art forms, coming from a formal opera repetiteur training and working with professional dance companies and schools since 2010. Perri is currently a staff pianist at Ballet BC and Arts Umbrella Dance Company. Most recently, she produced her first dance and art song collaboration, Quartet, featuring baritone Luka Kawabata and dancers of Ballet BC, in support of Banff Centre’s Opera in the 21st Century Program.

Since her role as apprentice coach with the Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program (‘18-19), Perri has music directed productions with Indie Opera West companies such as ReNaissance Opera, of both traditional and contemporary repertoire. One of her most valuable experiences was touring across B.C. with Vancouver Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria’s co-production of Flight of the Hummingbird (2020), a new children’s opera about climate change.

When she is not performing with singers and instrumentalists, Perri serves as B.C.’s Provincial Coordinator for Opera InReach, an artists’ collective providing accessible, innovative, and diverse opera education and mentorship for youths across Canada.

She is grateful to be creating and working on the unceded and ancestral homelands of xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Wanna sing at Opera Pub?

 

The Opera Pub audience is the best audience to sing for! Good vibes only.

 

Want to belt it out with a beer in hand? Please fill out our singer application form.
(for Vancouver and Toronto only)
Opera Pub Singer Form

Opera Pub in Action

📸 by Taylor Long Photo