Pandora - a new Canadian opera-ballet

FAWN Chamber Creative has done it again, continuing their path of exploration with their newest Canadian opera-ballet, Pandora, to be presented at 8pm on May 23, 24 and 25, 2019 at Geary Lane in Toronto.

The 80-minute opera centres around someone who stumbles upon an object and quickly gets drawn into what, and who, is inside. Stage director Amanda Smith explains, “Although this piece isn’t directly about the myth, I imagine that in Pandora we see what happens when the item is opened a second time, long after the first. Hope and good shoots out from a place of isolation and is now mixing in with the darkness that had previously dominated the environment. The result we see is humanity, with its raw contradictions and complexities.”

Written by librettist David James Brock (Toronto, ON) with music composed by David Storen (Vancouver, BC), Joseph Glaser (Montreal, QC) and Kit Soden (Montreal, QC), and developed through a devised creation method, involving a week of improvisation with the FAWN Team in 2017, this piece has existed outside the boundaries of the operatic experience since its genesis.

The Pandora Team:

Libretto by David James Brock

Music by David Storen, Joseph Glaser & Kit Soden

Music Direction by Adam Scime

Stage Direction by Amanda Smith

Choreography by Jennifer Nichols

Set design by Holly Meyer-Dymny

Costume Design by Tosca Delfino

Lighting Design by Oz Weaver

Projection design by Omar David Rivero

Makeup design by Erica Jeffery

Stage Performances by:

Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野- soprano

Jonathan MacArthur - tenor

Aaron Paul Durand - baritone

Andrew Adridge - baritone

Jennifer Nichols - dancer

Tyler Gledhill - dancer


Amahl Arulanandam - cello

Darren Creech - piano

Nathan Petitpas - percussion

Kishan Chouhan - bassoon

Rob MacDonald - electric guitar

+ electronics


May 23, 24 and 25, 2019

Doors open at 7:30 PM

Show at 8 PM

Geary Lane (360 Geary Ave, Toronto)


$35 arts workers & 30 or under / $45 regular


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Pandora - a new Canadian opera-ballet

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