Opera 5 is changing the way people see opera. This Toronto-based company is all about making opera accessible and appealing to a wide audience base with a range of musical tastes. Since its inception in 2012, Opera 5 has been awarded Best Independent Opera Company in 2014 by Colorado-based blog Operagasm and the Capital City Critics’ Choice Award for Best Overall Production at the 2013 Ottawa Fringe Festival. In 2015, they commissioned and premiered an opera by Montreal-based composer Darren Russo that went on to win the SOCAN Foundation’s John Weinzweig Grand Prize – an award for Canadian compositions by composers under the age of 30.
Opera 5’s family show, Trabed’s Opera Training Wheels is a family-friendly introduction that will give you and your children all the tools you need to navigate any opera. Join Trabed the Puppet as he learns the difference between a soprano and a tenor. Discover why mezzo-sopranos always wear pants. Come for the root beer floats, stay for the balloon hammers and fake moustaches. Opera 5 will perform Trabed’s Opera Training Wheels with The Kingston Symphony this Sunday, April 3rd at 2:30pm at The Grand Theatre. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce your family to the opera and your Kingston Symphony Orchestra, and we have tickets to give away!
Enter our contest for your chance to win 4 tickets to this Sunday’s show! To enter, drop off a comment below. Be sure to check back or include a way for us to contact you in your comment! Triple your chances by retweeting this post and sharing it on Facebook. Winners will be chosen at random and announced Friday, April 1st at 2pm. Interested in a more grown-up show? Check out last week’s contest, which runs until tomorrow, to win tickets to Saturday night’s Opera at Warp Speed.
If you don’t win, fear not! Tickets are available now at The Grand Theatre box office (613-530-2050) and online and range in price from $20-31. Children and anyone under the age of 35 can join the Backstage Pass which entitles members to two tickets for $11.30. In the meantime, have a look at some of the other fun things Opera 5 is up to.