David James Brock

playwright, poet, librettist

David James Brock is a Canadian playwright, poet and librettist. Author of poetry collection, Everyone is CO2. Librettist for Scottish pub opera, The Sloans Project. Co-creator of Breath Cycle, an opera for cystic fibrosis.

Tap Ex: Metallurgy is not a metal opera. It's cooler.

There's a lot of talent involved in this Tap Ex: Metallurgy project from Tapestry New Opera, and I am happy to be involved in this one (Tapestry Artistic Director Michael Hidetoshi Mori used the words "geniuses of genre" in a recent interview! No pressure.) 

But put the words punk and opera together in a show description, and some people are going to ask questions. 

Some people have been asking me, "So what is Metallurgy? Like, is it a metal opera?"

Well, no. Not really. (Someday, kids. Someday.)

Metallurgy is an opera. There's a story. It's two operas really, one story led by the fine fellows from Fucked Up (Mike Haliechuk and Jonah Falco), and one story led by the "opera people" (myself, Ivan Barbotin, and Michael Mori). Each story stands alone, but this mega collaboration has resulted in some common themes emerging in both pieces. People fall in love. People stay in love. Some people die. Some people don't die. Opera!

Pictured: Jonah Falco, Mike Haliechuk, Krisztina Szabo, Ivan Barbotin, and me (David James Brock)

Pictured: Jonah Falco, Mike Haliechuk, Krisztina Szabo, Ivan Barbotin, and me (David James Brock)

Apparently tickets are going fast, and with good reason. I've heard some of the music from Jonah Falco, Mike Haliechuk and Ivan Barbotin this week, and it's all just very cool, ethereal, funny, beautiful, sad, heavy. There are the electric guitars, synths, cellos, pianos...fuck, there are a lot of musicians on this one. I feel fortunate for my small part in Tap: Ex Metallurgy.

Add the stunning voices of Krisztina Szabo and David Pomeroy, the conducting talents of the blazing hot Jordan de Souza and really, c'mon...

Hope to see you next week, November 19-21 (4 shows, with 2 running on Saturday)

For more details, visit Tapestry New Opera's website.