The Lesson Of Da Ji

The Lesson of Da Ji received the 2012/2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Opera

Photo By Katy Lee
Photo By Katy Lee
photo by Katy Lee
Marion Newman And Derek Kwan
Marion Newman and Derek Kwan
Marion Newman And Derek Kwan
Marion Newman and Derek Kwan
Marion Newman And Derek Kwan
Marion Newman and Derek Kwan
Production Shot From Toronto Masque Theatre’s The Lesson Of Daji
Production shot from Toronto Masque Theatre’s The Lesson of Daji
The Lesson Of Daji
The Lesson of Daji

Derek Kwan has a lovely, high, firm tenor ideal for the cautious, sincere Bo Yi, drawn to love Da Ji in spite of the danger.
– Christopher Hoile, Stage Door

With his pleasant tenor, Derek Kwan (Shepherd/Bo Yi) held his own in both operas. More importantly, he brought key acting skills to the part of Bo Yi.
– Paula Citron, Opera Canada (Summer 2013)

There were some good performances, notably Derek Kwan as Bo Ji and Marion Newman as Da Ji. Both showed skill, artistry and versatility.
– John Gilks, Opera Ramblings

A recording of this opera for the Canadian Music Centre’s Centrediscs label is available HERE.

It is also available on iTunes HERE.

CBC Music Review: HERE
Wholenote Magazine Review: HERE

Toronto Masque Theatre commissioned Alice Ping Yee Ho and Marjorie Chan to create a new masque. Inspired by the true story of the Shang dynasty concubine Da Ji, and the King who enacted a tasty revenge on her secret lover; a revenge as grisly as anything Shakespeare conceived of in Titus Andronicus. In Ho and Chan’s version, Da Ji takes guqin music lessons from a young nobleman named Bo Yi. Chan has provided a rich and inventive script which drives to a surprising and powerful climax while Ho’s gorgeous music will blend eastern and western instruments, including the guqin that Da Ji learns to play. It will feature a performance by traditional Peking Opera dancer William Lau.

Toronto Masque Theatre presents

The Lesson of Da Ji
libretto by Marjorie Chan; music by Alice Ping Yee Ho

May 2013
Al Green Theatre

Featuring: Vania Chan, Charlotte Corwin, Benjamin Covey, Alexander Dobson, William Lau, Derek Kwan and Marion Newman

Director: Derek Boyes
Music Director: Larry Beckwith
Choreographer: Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière
Costume Designer: Angela Thomas
Video Designer: Caroline Guilbault
Lighting Designer: Gabriel Cropley