This article was published on June 5th, 2014
Canada’s first-ever lesbian opera, When the Sun Comes Out, will be showcased this summer at World Pride 2014 in Toronto. The performance is being co-produced by Vancouver’s Frank Theatre Company, The Queer Arts Festival and Tapestry Opera.
When the Sun Comes Out was written by librettist Rachel Rose and composer Leslie Uyeda and had its world premiere last year at Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival, where it played to full houses and standing ovations.
A story of forbidden love, divided loyalties and culture clash, the opera explores the oppression that queers face, and the risks they take, in nations where homosexuality is illegal. This piece was greeted with a standing ovation at last year’s sold-out workshop performance.
Frank Theatre Company will be hosting The Voice of the Century, a cabaret show, with proceeds going to help fund the lesbian opera initiative at World Pride. Hosted by Delica C, the cabaret show will be an evening of writing and music featuring Mark Bentley Cohen, C. E. Gatchalian, Alex Leslie and Amal Rana.
The Voice of the Century takes place at the Heartwood Community Café (317 East Broadway), at 7:00pm on Friday, June 20. Tickets for the show are $10.