the frank is pleased to present a concert staging of the acclaimed lesbian-themed opera When the Sun Comes Out at Tapestry Opera in Toronto, June 26 and 27, 2014 as part of World Pride, in association with the Queer Arts Festival and Tapestry Opera.
Billed as “Canada’s first lesbian 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.
Set in an imaginary country called Fundamentalia, a country where violation of gender roles is punishable by death, When the Sun Comes Out is the story of a love affair between two women, Lilah, a young, sheltered and wealthy married mother, and Solana, a gender outlaw and rebellious outsider just passing through — as she’s passed through so many other countries in her restless, futile quest for happiness. In a land where love between women is punishable by death, Lilah and Solana fall in love — but their affair is discovered by Lilah’s enraged and unpredictable husband, Javan.
When the Comes Out
By Rachel Rose and Leslie Uyeda
June 26 and 27, 2014, 8 pm
9 Trinity Street, Studio 316, Toronto (Distillery Historic District)
Tickets on sale here.
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1483885251845314/
Official website: www.WhenTheSunComesOut.ca
A fundraiser for the Toronto performance is taking place in Vancouver on June 20th at the Heartwood Cafe.