OperaMuskoka Puts New Spin On Age Old Art Form

Photo courtesy of the Town of Bracebridge

Mayor Graydon Smith, on behalf of Town Council, presented Diane Adamson-Brdar and her opera committee with an Event Tourism Grant in the amount of $2,000 for OperaMuskoka to be held in Bracebridge on Aug. 17 to 20, 2015. Event Tourism grants are provided by the Town to support and foster new, up and coming events as well as support established events that are trying expand their event by introducing new elements.

“We are pleased to once again support OperaMuskoka. This festival offers something truly unique to visitors to our region. It’s also provided a great opportunity for local residents to experience an art form that is typically only offered in larger communities,” said Mayor Graydon Smith. “I encourage people to come out and experience something new.”

“OperaMuskoka has always strived to offer visitors and local residents a variety of opera experiences and this year is no different. We’re really excited to present The Bicycle Opera Project, a group of young professional artists dedicated to bringing high-quality, accessible opera to communities across Ontario… traveling exclusively by bicycle!” said Diane Adamson Brdar, Chair of OperaMuskoka. She went on to add, “This troupe is highly sought-after by presenters and music festivals across Ontario, and praised by audiences for their ability to present opera in a highly approachable and entertaining manner. The innovation of Bicycle Opera has gained the attention of press from around the world.”

OperaMuskoka’s mission is to introduce residents to the beauty and complexity of opera music while at the same time provides visitors who are already opera lovers with another reason to come to Bracebridge. A special feature of the event is a voice master class being offered by Jennifer Tung, a Royal conservatory soprano and Glenn Gould Studio Vocal Coach. Another new addition is a violin master class with world renowned violinist and teacher, Moshe Hammer. Hammer’s small intimate class will introduce 8 participants to his unique and dramatic teaching style.

The Muskoka Opera Festival will be held in the Rene Caisse Theatre from August 17-20th. Tickets are available online at www.muskokachatauqua.ca. For more information on this event, call 705-765-1048 or visit www.operamuskoka.com.

The Town of Bracebridge is committed to the importance of festivals and events, not only as a sign of a healthy and vibrant community, but also as an economic generator. For more information about the Town’s Event Tourism Grants call 705-645-6319 ext 261 or visit bracebridge.ca.


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