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THE SCOOP | Joel Ivany To Step Again From In opposition to The Grain Theatre After 13 Years

THE SCOOP | Joel Ivany To Step Again From In opposition to The Grain Theatre After 13 Years


Joel Ivany at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Photo: Taylor Long)
Joel Ivany on the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Photograph: Taylor Lengthy)

In opposition to the Grain Theatre (AtG) has introduced the upcoming departure of Founder and Creative Director Joel Ivany. Ivany has made the choice to step down after main the groundbreaking arts group for 13 years.

The choice comes after a profitable first season again after the pandemic restrictions to stay efficiency. AtG’s Bluebeard’s Fortress was nominated for seven Dora Awards, and received three (together with Excellent Opera Manufacturing) lately.

He talks in regards to the choice in a press release.

“This choice to depart AtG was the toughest of my profession. My subsequent chapter of life requires extra consideration to my household, for renewed creativity and my very own psychological well being. Since 2010, our staff at AtG has passionately poured ourselves into this firm to make a mark, and to create an area the place we might produce work that spoke to us and our communities,” remarked Joel Ivany on his journey with the corporate. “On a private stage, being part of AtG has fulfilled my creative goals. Collectively over the past decade and half, with assist from tons of of artists and 1000’s of engaged opera followers, we hoped to remodel our feisty little firm into one thing that may strengthen the creative panorama in Canada. I imagine we’ve achieved that. Now, I’m excited to see all the brand new and thrilling ways in which AtG will evolve the character and notion of what opera and vocal works will be within the years forward.”

Ivany’s Legacy

AtG’s contributions to Canada’s operatic atmosphere are noteworthy. The corporate has labored to redefine opera and vocal efficiency, and make it extra accessible to numerous audiences. His accomplishments embody:

  • Collaborating on the renewed opera program on the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity;
  • Collaborative productions with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Crow’s Theatre, the Ottawa Worldwide Chamber Competition, Rockport Chamber Music Competition and Opera Columbus;
  • AtG was the Inaugural Firm in Residence on the Canadian Opera Firm;
  • AtG, in partnership with CBC Arts, offered the primary live-streamed skilled opera manufacturing in Canadian historical past.

“Joel’s legacy at AtG is immense: a number of new and re-imagined productions leading to 9 (9) Dora Awards and thirty-two (32) nominations, 4 (4) album releases, two (2) JUNO award nominations, two (2) Canadian Display Award nominations, and the inaugural OPERA America Award for Digital Excellence. As well as, he has seen Opera Pubs established in three (3) provinces, a nationwide tour which included the primary stay opera produced within the Yukon since 1903, and launched new audiences to opera, together with greater than 200,000 by means of our digital productions together with Messiah/Advanced,” stated AtG Normal Director Robin Whiffen. “He has additionally nurtured the careers of many rising artists throughout Canada, and the Canadian opera sector is stronger due to what he has constructed. Becoming a member of Joel on this journey at AtG has been, and can proceed to be, a profession spotlight.”

The corporate at the moment has two upcoming seasons programmed, together with new commissions in several levels of growth:

  • An operatic adaptation of Thomas King’s Indians on Trip by composer Ian Cusson and librettist Royce Vavrek (co-commission with Edmonton Opera); t
  • Identification: A Tune Cycle by composer Dinuk Wijeratne, poet Shauntey Grant and baritone Elliot Madore;
  • A brand new model of L’histoire du Soldat (A Soldier’s Story) by Igor Stravinsky with a brand new libretto by Titilope Sonuga (co-commission with the Artwork of Time Ensemble);
  • The Mozart murder-mystery No One’s Secure by composer Nicole Lizée.

Ivany’s tenure as Creative Director will proceed formally till August 12, 2023. He may even direct upcoming productions, together with Identification: A Tune Cycle, and can function a guide in the course of the transition interval. He’ll proceed in his roles as Creative Director of Edmonton Opera and the Opera within the twenty first Century program on the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity.

From now till he leaves, and within the interim, Normal Director Robin Whiffen will step into the function at AtG, and the Board of Administrators will announce plans to seek for Ivany’s successor over the following few months.

We want Joel Ivany and AtG all one of the best of their future adventures.


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