— The Globe and Mail
#OperaPub—We're Going Online!
Stay tuned for upcoming dates!
We know you miss Opera Pub, that’s why we’ve brought back Opera Pub: Quarantunes. Enjoy the spectacle of Opera Pub that you know and love from the comfort of your own home. Drinks and pj’s recommended!
About Against the Grain Theatre’s Opera Pubs
Running bi-weekly until October 2020, AtG Opera Pub: Quarantunes are improvised, wild nights that offer up your favourite operatic arias and ensembles, performed by both established and emerging opera talent hosted by the extraordinary David Eliakis. Opera Pub: Quarantunes is the perfect introduction for newbies and a welcome break for opera vets who you want to see something “a little different.” Because what’s more inviting that opera, cuddled up on your own couch?!
Duration/What Time Should I Show Up?
Performances begin at 8pm and wrap by 9:30pm. We perform three sets of 15 minutes and take a break between each set to refresh our drinks and chat with the artists. Best of all, you don’t need to worry about finding a seat! Enjoy from your favourite relaxing spot.
“Placing opera inside a bar put Against the Grain Theatre on the artistic map of Toronto and, since then, the company has grown into an operatic force in Canada. Yet even while creating new works for the Banff Centre and Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Against the Grain has maintained its monthly opera pub night… offer[ing] patrons one more chance to have a pint alongside some of the city’s best singers.”
— Toronto Star
Stay tuned for more Opera Pub announcements coming soon!
Discounted beer (at home)
So much spaghetti (at home)
Artistic Associate & Opera Pub Host
Pianist, voice coach, host and lecturer David Eliakis has collaborated with some of Canada’s finest singers and has worked with world-renowned artists such as Isabel Bayrakdarian, Warren Jones, Julius Rudel, and Sir Martin Isepp. After graduating from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, David was awarded an Ontario Arts Council grant to study privately with Warren Jones in New York City. David’s performances have taken him to the stages of Brazil, Switzerland, England (where he was a finalist in the Wigmore Hall Song Competition), Germany, Bermuda, and the Maritime Provinces. He currently works as a collaborative pianist and voice coach at the University of Toronto and The Royal Conservatory of Music. This year he will also be seen in the Friday Night Flights series at the University of Toronto as a guest lecturer and joins us a regular host of AtG’s Opera Pubs.