We're a collective of Toronto artists – actors, opera singers, musicians, painters, writers, dancers, and arts professionals with a thing for performing in unique spaces. We want to take the classics and turn them sideways – that is, present them... differently. Cozily. Sometimes with beer and popcorn.
AtG’s inaugural season in 2010/2011 included three critically acclaimed concert presentations and a fully staged production of La Bohème. We’ve presented sold-out concert performances of Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins (and Holier Fare), a four-run production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and last season’s Figaro’s Wedding, our fresh take on the Mozart classic, with a new English translation.
AtG regulars have performed in very fine places – ornate halls and opera houses across this country, across the border and across the pond – and we love those audiences and that scene. But what we also love, and what we're yearning for, is intimacy. Smallness and coziness and being able to see every face in an audience.
So what we're doing is our very best work, but in unconventional spaces and in unconventional ways. And you’re invited to see how the experiment goes, friend.
What People Are Saying
"#UncleJohn brings a modern, triumphant twist to Don Giovanni."
— Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail, Read More
"The future of opera."
— Alexander Neef, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company, Read More
"Against the Grain Theatre is currently presenting the most dramatically effective production of Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande you are ever likely to see."
— Christopher Hoile, Stage Door, Read More
"Against the Grain Theatre has, with its first attempt to mount opera in a traditional theatre space, achieved that rarest of wonders: a production that succeeds on all levels."
— John Terauds, Musical Toronto, Read More