What do bicycles have to do with opera?
The Bicycle Opera Project is a group of young professional artists dedicated to bringing high-quality, accessible opera to communities across Ontario… traveling exclusively by bicycle!
Through our passion for representing contemporary Canadian music, we aim to give the age-old art form a new spin, by introducing audiences to a wealth of fabulous contemporary operatic works. In keeping with our mission to make opera accessible, we perform only in English, in intimate and unique venues, with a variety of dramatic content relevant to todays audiences. We use the bicycle to present a car-free alternative to touring and to break down the perception around opera. We can change a flat tire! We get dirty too!
In 2012, The Bicycle Opera project was launched by co-founders Larissa Koniuk and Nadia Chana. A 10-day tour included performances in Peterborough, Port Hope, Belleville, Prince Edward County, Kingston, and Gananoque, hauling two trailers in tow, full of props, costumes, and instruments.
In 2013, tour expanded to 3 weeks, covering territory west of Toronto including Hamilton, Guelph, Elora, Fergus, Kitchener, Waterloo, Bayfield, and London. The tour concluded with a 3-day residency at Stratford Summer Music!
2014 marked our most ambitious tour to date: 5 weeks, over 1000 kilometres, and 21 shows across all of southern Ontario. The company is now highly sought-after by presenters and music festivals across Ontario, and praised by audiences for its unique programming, and ability to redefine and demythologize opera. The innovation of Bicycle Opera has gained the attention of press from around the world.