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Opera on wheels, star-cross’d lovers and fountains of light

CBC News
July 21, 2017

Shakespeare under the stars, water alive with light and a musical road trip on 2 wheels this weekend

Have opera, will travel

You can expect very un-diva-like behaviour from Toronto arts collective The Bicycle Opera Project when they roll into town for this summer’s edition of Ottawa’s Chamberfest.

The eco-friendly opera troupe travels light, and on Saturday they’ll be biking from Ottawa to Almonte with stops along the way to perform free mini-concerts of popular arias, all to the accompaniment of a bike-powered piano.

The story behind The Bicycle Opera Project’s new opera ‘Sweat’.

Pack a lunch, jump on your bike and join these nomadic troubadours on their musical tour when they depart from the Parkdale Market at 9 a.m. Saturday. The evening culminates with a potluck dinner party open to all.

On Sunday, in the inspired setting of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, they’ll perform Sweat, their new a cappella opera, that gives voice to the many people from all backgrounds who work in the garment industry. You can check out the Bicycle Opera Project’s itinerary here.

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