Opera Erratica & The Classical Music Consort
present Orlando Lunaire
in a storage shed at 128 Sterling - Toronto
Directed & designed by Patrick Eakin Young
Featuring Scott Belluz (countertenor) & Carla Huhtanen (soprano)
Continues to August 28
Orlando Lunaire, the third of Opera Erratica's Underground/Opera series, pieces together bits from George Frideric Handel’s 1719 opera Orlando and Arnold Schoenberg’s Moonstruck Pierrot, a setting of 21
I interviewed a theatrical director earlier this year, (Catalyst Theatre's Jonathan Christenson, actually,) who described his goal as wanting to transport the audience into a different realm. I suspect that Opera Erratica leader Patrick Eakin Young shares that same thought, and on that point the production succeeds admirably. It took us into a kind of insane journey into the character of Pierrot (played by both singers - I think!) the melancholy clown whose great love Columbine perpetually leaves him for Harlequin. Imaginative costuming by Heidi Ackerman certainly helped in that regard.
William Kentridge was in the audience - turns out he's a relative of Patrick Eakin Young.
Images of Scott Belluz and Carla Huhtanen by photographer Tavishe Coulson.