Can you think of the best rock albums ever produced?
Now, imagine seeing one of those albums transformed in the most iconic way possible — through opera.
This could soon be a reality because Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera, inspired by the era-defining 1979 album The Wall, is coming to Toronto for the very first time.
Presented by Productions Opéra Concept M.P., the show is set to take over Meridian Hall (formerly the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts), for mesmerizing performances on November 13, 14, 16, 17, and 23.
The award-winning production celebrates the 40th anniversary of The Wall and Roger Waters’ most enduring creation. Already, the production has seen record-breaking premieres in Montreal and Cincinnati, where it won two Opus Awards for Musical Event of the Year and Composer of the Year in 2017.
If you’ve never been to the opera, this clever adaption of some of the world’s best modern music might just be the perfect introduction. Plus, it features more than 100 Canadians including a 51-piece orchestra!
The production, conducted by Alain Trudel, sets the effortlessly poetic lyrics of British rock legend Waters to a score by Montreal-based composer Julien Bilodeau, offering a true sensory experience.
Bilodeau is renowned for his diverse styles of composing and has performed with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Itinéraire, and YOA Orchestra of the Americas of New York, among many others.
Meanwhile, the director of the show, Dominic Champagne, has led three productions for Cirque du Soleil, including Varekai, Zumanity, and The Beatles LOVE. He has also written and directed several productions staged at the Fête Nationale du Québec.
Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera conveys the price of fame in a stunning production featuring video projections and powerful vocal performances.
It follows the life of a man named Pink (inspired by Waters’ life) from his childhood in post-World War II Europe to his isolation as a rock star. It’s a captivating journey that leads to an explosive conclusion, and it truly resonates across time.
Stéphane Roy is the designer behind the show’s captivating sets, with costumes by Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt. Lighting plays a huge role in setting each scene and Anne-Catherine, Simard-Deraspe, and Étienne Boucher create the most effortless shades, with projections by Johnny Ranger.
Tickets to each of the Toronto shows are on sale now, starting at $56 via Ticketmaster. Snap up yours soon and get ready for a fresh take on some of the most powerful popular music ever written.
When: November 13, 14, 16, 17, and 23
Time: 8 pm
Where: Meridian Hall (formerly the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts) — 1 Front Street East, Toronto
Price: Starting at $56 — Tickets available via Ticketmaster