6 Canadian artists we’d love to see at the opera

November 13, 2015

From November 19th till the 21st, Tapestry Opera and Toronto punk behemoth Fucked Up will collaborate for this year’s Tap:Ex performance, Metallurgy, a performance dubbed “a genre-defying music drama for the 21st century.” Want to win tickets? Head over here to find out how.

Who are some other Canadian artists that would make fine operatic collaborators? We’ve listed a few dream pairings below.

Rich Aucoin

Rich Aucoin is one of Halifax’s most restless creatives and his grandiosity and inclusivity would be an intense match for an opera setting. And besides, it’s not like he hasn’t already worked with a symphony.


One of the most fearless and otherworldly musicians of our generation, we can’t help but think there’s no way Grimes wouldn’t want to do an opera and melt all of our brains in the process.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Not unlike this year’s Tap:Ex performers Fucked Up, much of GY!BE’s instrumental work already has an operatic feel. Let’s just make this official.

Keita Juma

Mississauga rapper/producer Keita Juma’s dark, futuristic hip-hop might actually prove too eerie with dramatic operatic accompaniment. (Just kidding, no such thing.)

Owen Pallett

Credited for bringing classical to the indie mainstream, violinist Owen Pallett’s concertos and pop compositions alike would sound right at home at the opera.

Carly Rae Jepsen

And speaking of pop, why not pair Canada’s current genre queen with her very own operatic reworkings? The kids (um, meaning the music critics) would love it.

AUX is happy to partner with Tap:Ex to give you the chance to win tickets to the Friday, November 21st, 8:00 p.m. performance. Get the details and enter here.

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