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Dragon’s Tale

Co-produced by Tapestry Opera and Soundstreams, and realised in partnership with Luminato Festival Toronto and Harbourfront Centre
Artwork by Gracia Lam Mark

Dragon’s Tale

A beautiful new opera performed on Toronto’s waterfront celebrating the origin of Dragon Boat racing. 

In ancient China, poet and politician Qu Yuan dedicated his whole life to the King and the Chu kingdom until exile changes his world forever. In present-day Toronto, Chinese-Canadian Xiao Lian yearns for liberty and independence while her father desperately tries to hold her close. Reaching across time, the Dragon Boat’s drum beats to the rhythm of their hearts as both Qu Yuan and Xiao Lian struggle with the power of love and the desire for freedom. 

Experience this operatic celebration of Chinese tradition with a Canadian backdrop, soaring music, and magical storytelling. Created by the world-renowned team behind Soundstreams’ The Weaving Maiden and Tapestry Opera’s smash-hit Iron Road including accomplished Chinese-Canadian composer Chan Ka Nin and award-winning playwright and librettist Mark Brownell. Directed by Tapestry Opera’s Artistic Director Michael Hidetoshi Mori.

To request accessible seating, please contact our Access Concierge Emily Maxwell at [email protected] or (437) 776-1569. 

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June 15 at 8 PM
June 16 at 8 PM
June 17 at 8 PM
June 18 at 8 PM


235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8 Canada
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For all Access Information, please visit the Access Guide

Relaxed Performance on Sunday, June 18 at 8 PM

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Cast and Creative Team

Alicia Ault
  • Performer
Todd Jang
  • Performer
Evanna Lai
  • Performer
Chan Ka Nin
  • Composer
Mark Brownell
  • Librettist
David Fallis
  • Music Director

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