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Alaina Viau, Stage Director & Creator

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  • "Fresh and Fearless."

    The Wholenote
  • "...a compelling, contemporized telling of the story..."

    Ludwig van Toronto
  • "...a welcome choice from Viau, one that made the work feel very new to me..."

Alaina Viau posing in a gold dress with her hand on her hip.

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ALAINA VIAU, Director and Creator

Alaina Viau is a daring Canadian opera director, creator, and producer who challenges the mainstream of the classical music experience. She is the founder and Artistic Director of indie opera company Loose Tea Music Theatre, where she collaborates with DJ's, projection artists, choreographers, and filmmakers to produce genre-breaking productions.

In 2018, Alaina joined Toronto City Opera as Resident Director. Together, they present the opera canon in daring new ways, such as The Marriage of Figaro set as a comic book comedy (December 2018), and La Traviata (March 2019)— set in the current day Toronto club scene where Violetta is dying from an aggressive form of breast cancer.

In 2019, Alaina will team up with Musique 3 Femmes to present the première of a new chamber opera based on the edited and missing pages of Anne Frank’s diary. This production will tour Canada and become an education concert for high schools. In July, Loose Tea will be headed to the Rockies in BC to conduct research for a new full-length interdisciplinary opera/art piece based on Dusty Rose Lake—the only fresh water pink lake in the world. The production will be based on the Aboriginal and Norwegian stories of the land.

Alaina’s original and imaginative concepts have been attracting attention. Recent highlights include re-imagined contemporary versions of Dissociative Me (Gounod's Faust), Love in the Age of AutoCorrect (Mozart/Stravinsky), and La Tragédie de Carmen (Bizet) with Loose Tea. She is currently creating a fresh concept of Bizet’s Carmen as #YesAllWomen that discusses the current social issues of gender equality, class society, and the societal and personal impacts of PTSD.

Always exploring new avenues, Alaina developed an improv opera show called “Whose Opera is it Anyway” that has toured to sold-out houses. The unique comedy-opera experience (inspired by the famous TV show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) now presented on the third Sunday of each month in Toronto. In partnership with Queen’s University, Loose Tea is developing a yearly Music Theatre improv workshop for vocal and piano studios. Moreover, Loose Tea partnered with Toronto Summer Music Festival (summer of 2018) to present fully staged version of L'histoire du soldat, as well as designs for Quartet for the end of time at Toronto’s Koerner Hall.

Additional credits for Loose Tea include the presentation of Trance Symphony No.5 (a trance/classical dance experience of Beethoven’s popular Symphony No. 5 with live orchestra and trace DJ) with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as part of the 2016 Rhubarb Festival. Musical Toronto commented, “If this is any indication of the direction of Loose Tea in the future – you’ll want to see what they come up with next”.

In addition to her work with Loose Tea, Alaina has directed and designed HausMusik for Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Orchestra. In her capacity of guest Artistic Director for two seasons with SOPAC Ottawa, she oversaw the productions of Suor Angelica, I Pagliacci, and Cendrillon. Alaina also directed/designed L’isola disabitata for Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra in Ottawa, presented on the occasion of their 40th anniversary.

Alaina is a member of Indie Opera Toronto.

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    Le Nozze di Figaro

    Toronto City Opera

    Mozart’s commedia per musica set in a retro comic book style and exploring the tyranny of social inequality. It's an opera that transcends the lighthearted innocence of opera buffa with the ageless themes of vengeance and forgiveness, freedom and wisdom, and love conquering lust. 

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    L’Histoire du Soldat

    Toronto Summer Music Festival & Loose Tea Music Theatre

    Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (1918) retells the Faust legend, in which the heroine sells her soul to the Devil in exchange for the promise of wisdom and good fortune. Toronto Summer Music partnered with Loose Tea Music Theatre to create a staged show with actors, a dancer, projections and lighting at Koerner Hall.

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    Whose Opera Is It Anyway?

    Loose Tea Music Theatre

    Inspired by the famous TV show, “Whose Opera Is It Anyway?” is a hilarious marriage of opera and comedy using short-form, game-based improv that has professional opera singers singing about the craziest and most ridiculous things. Our singers will create improvised operas out of fortune cookie messages, commercial jingles or even someone’s text conversation! Whether you’re an opera fan, or never seen opera before, you won’t want to miss this unique show featuring Canada’s only improv opera group.

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