Sleeping Rough

Sleeping Rough is a new opera about a homeless man named Ted and his rollercoaster journey from a dysfunctional childhood to life on the street. With the libretto written by award-winning poet Sandra Nicholls, Roddy Ellias has created a score that crosses musical and expressive genres combining elements of classical music, jazz and popular music.

The opera is even more unique because the main roles are played by puppets created by Noreen Young (OC) and the singers behind those puppets: Kellylee Evans, Helene Brunet, Felicity Williams and Ian Tamblyn – are artists chosen by Ellias for their highly expressive and personal styles of singing.

This much anticipated work has been generously funded by the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council.

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