Bicycle Opera cycling to Cape Breton
Musical company to make stops in Baddeck, Port Hawkesbury
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.