I thought I’d take today to introduce my shared pet project that Justin and I started a long time ago now. Rubato – Casual Opera is a group of young up and coming performers in the Toronto area, and the goal is to sing in bars throughout the city. Mostly, our performances have been at Harbord House, because of our personal connections there. And because they’re awesome.
Our most recent performance was an ‘in concert’ style version of Die Fledermaus by Strauss, which was a lot of fun. I played the part of Adele, the chambermaid, and I have to say it was a great character, as well as a vocally challening role. Our other jobs have been dinner gigs with varying numbers of Rubato members. One of the more interesting one’s was for an event celebrating the Royal Wedding (so while ago now!) where we sang in a pub, but were off in a corner. The set up was a little awkward, but mostly this created a very laid back environment. I can honestly say this is the only time I’ve ever been singing where someone has come and tried to start a conversation, or expected an answer while I’ve been singing. Or about to start singing. It was a fun time though, and we got to practice singing a little more than we had expected to.
The nice thing about this group is that we get to work with extremely talented artists who are hard working and easy to get along with. We’ve made a lot of long term friends through this group.
We’ve been rather busy lately with dog-related things (see previous post), but I would love to hear suggestions for any shows or songs or pubs that you would like to see Rubato be a part of. We’re always looking to expand and diversify! Maybe even a show in a different city?
Check us out – www.casualopera.com