Prior to our screening of Straub-Huillet's pair of odes to Arnold Schoenberg, members from Toronto's acclaimed opera company Against the Grain Theatre join us for a special live performance of an operatic work by the great Expressionist composer.
Soprano Adanya Dunn holds degrees in M.Mus. Opera and B.Mus. Voice Performance from the University of Toronto, where she studied under professor Lorna MacDonald, and graduated in May 2016 from Dawn Upshaw's Graduate Vocal Arts Program at Bard College Conservatory of Music in New York. She was a Voice Fellow for two summers at Marilyn Horne's Music Academy of the West and is a two-time long-term grant recipient from Canada Council for the Arts. A resident performer with FAWN Chamber Creative and an active participant in both the contemporary and traditional classical spheres, Adanya enjoys collaborating with composers and performing, creating, and producing innovating programming and new works. For the 2016-17 season, Adanya is a Rebanks Family Fellow at Glenn Gould School, studying with Monica Whicher.
Joel Ivany is the Founder and Artistic Director of Against the Grain Theatre, and is the program director of the Banff Centre's "Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century" program. His directing credits include productions of Verdi's Macbeth (Minnesota Opera), Carmen (Vancouver Opera), Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Edmonton Opera), Gavin Bryars' Marilyn Forever (Adelaide Festival) and Le nozze di Figaro (revival at Norwegian National Opera). He is the author of five (and counting) original librettos. He was a Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee for Outstanding Direction (AtG's Figaro's Wedding), Outstanding New Opera/Musical (AtG's #UncleJohn) and the recipient of the same prize for Figaro's Wedding. Recent mainstage directing credits include debuts at the Canadian Opera Company (Carmen) and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Mozart's Requiem). His 2016/2017 engagements include AtG's Ayre, a new production of Dead Man Walking (Vancouver Opera), a revival of AtG's hit La Bohème, and a semi-staged presentation of The Seven Deadly Sins (Toronto Symphony Orchestra).
Topher Mokrzewski is a conductor, pianist and vocal coach. He is serving his fourth season as Resident Conductor of Calgary Opera, and is Music Director of both Against the Grain Theatre and the Open Space Opera program at the Banff Centre. A graduate of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, he is frequently sought as a soloist, collaborator and music director. Mokrzewski recently conducted Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado and Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortilèges at Calgary Opera (where he also served as assistant conductor for Lakmé, Die tote Stadt and Die Zauberflöte) and Britten's The Rape of Lucretia with Against the Grain Theatre at the Banff Centre and Toronto Summer Music Festival. He has returned to his duties at Calgary Opera, Against the Grain Theatre and Banff Centre and will also return to the music staff of the Canadian Opera Company.