Hi Everyone, Hope you’ve had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

Now we move through Fall into Winter, with a new season of Opera, Film, Books and Theatre!

As many of you know, Kye Marshall and I have been working on “Pomegranate” since 2014 when we presented a ten-minute performance at Toronto’s Heliconian Club and received a huge and encouraging response to develop it into an opera.

Some of you saw our preview performances of the full opera at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto in June 2019. A Canadian Opera Company representative attended one of those performances with the result that the COC has picked up Pomegranate and are presenting a world premiere of our newly revised version in their 2022/23 season.

Here’s a link to a recent Toronto Star article by Joshua Chong after his interview with me and Kye. Scroll to the end for news of Pomegranate.

And here is a link to the Canadian Opera Company’s webpage where you can buy tickets for Pomegranate’s June 2023 premiere performances. We encourage you to book now because tickets are selling fast!

News for West Coasters! Pomegranate will travel west for a production by Vancouver Opera later next year. News of dates will follow as information becomes available.

Pomegranate has developed through a series of workshops with the input of many talented music artists, the most recent being a 4-day workshop in August, for which I drove solo from Hornby Island BC to Toronto! With the added resources provided by the Canadian Opera Company we have been able to include a 6-member chorus to the cast, as well as many more instruments for the orchestra. This recent workshop focused on the newly composed text and music for the chorus.

See below for a link to Key Change, a podcast series hosted by the COC’s Robyn Grant-Moran and Julie McIsaac. They interviewed Kye and I recently and have put together a beautiful 27-minute podcast that includes music clips from Pomegranate.

Wishing you all a happy and creative Fall/Winter season,

Amanda & Kye
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