Massey Hall presents AtG's Messiah
Massey Hall presents at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre
Against the Grain is a collective of Toronto artists – most of whom are regular performers at ornate halls and opera houses around the world – with a yearning for intimacy and a desire to turn the "classics" sideways, performing in unique spaces and unconventional ways. They’ve brought La Bohème, in English, to a dive bar; transformed Figaro’s Wedding into a chic, modern Toronto wedding full of love, betrayal, bills and flowers; and more – while drawing wide critical and audience acclaim.
Handel’s Messiah was first performed in Easter of 1742 and has since become a cornerstone of Christmas repertoire. In 2013, Against the Grain presented their version of the opera – at, both fittingly, and not, eastside rock venue the Opera House – and in 2015, bring a new production of the work to the Harbourfront Centre Theatre.