Bi­cy­cle Opera cy­cling to Cape Bre­ton

Mu­si­cal com­pany to make stops in Baddeck, Port Hawkes­bury

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS / ENTERTAINMENT -

The world’s only pedal-pow­ered opera com­pany is com­ing to Cape Bre­ton this sum­mer.

The Bi­cy­cle Opera Pro­ject will launch its East Coast tour in Baddeck be­fore do­ing per­for­mances in Port Hawkes­bury, New Glas­gow, Truro and Hal­i­fax. They will be at the Bell Mu­seum in Baddeck on Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 5 in Port Hawkes­bury at the Shan­non Stu­dio, Port Hawkes­bury Civic Cen­tre.

The Bi­cy­cle Opera Pro­ject was founded in 2012 to present opera in a unique venue via the bi­cy­cle. The com­pany will be tow­ing props, cos­tumes, set and in­stru­ments, all by bi­cy­cle trailer, a chal­lenge through Nova Sco­tia.

“We’re a group of opera singers who also hap­pen to love cy­cling and ad­ven­ture,” said Larissa Ko­niuk, artis­tic di­rec­tor. “We thrive on the chal­lenge of get­ting there on our own steam.”

The com­pany is tour­ing their 2015 pro­duc­tion, “Shadow Box,” which is a col­lec­tion of eight con­tem­po­rary opera scenes un­der one vi­sion of ex­plor­ing the mind’s re­la­tion­ship to mem­ory, what we trea­sure dearly and what haunts us.

Tak­ing part in this event are Larissa Ko­niuk, so­prano; Stephanie Tritchew, mezzo; Christo­pher Enns, tenor; Ge­of­frey Sirett, bari­tone; Wes­ley Shen, pi­ano; Ilana Wa­niuk, vi­o­lin; Erika Nielsen, cello; as well as Sonja Rainey, set de­signer/pro­jec­tion­ist, and Liza Balkan, stage di­rec­tor.

Tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion avail­able at bi­cy­cle­opera.com.

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