Callas seems fitting for lesbian opera fundraiser


The Voice of the Century is a fundraiser to help raise funds for the lesbian-themed opera, When the Sun Comes Out.

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Earlier this year, Vancouver drag performer Tristan Pearson (aka Delica C.) helped Vancouver audiences rediscover Judy Garland. Pearson is back again with another fundraiser for the frank theatre company, this time as Maria Callas, one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century.

The choice of Callas is hardly coincidental as this latest fundraiser for Vancouver’s queer theatre company will help raise funds to cover the costs of producing the lesbian-themed opera, When the Sun Comes Out, in Toronto.

Originally commissioned by the Queer Arts Festival (QAF) in 2013, the opera will be co-presented by the frank theatre company, the QAF and Tapestry Opera later this month during World Pride.  When the Sun Comes Out is the story of a love affair between two women in a land where the violation of gender roles is punishable by death.

“This is the frank’s first production in Toronto, so it will mark a seminal moment for us,” says the frank theatre company’s Artistic Producer, Chris Gatchalian.

Billed as a cabaret evening of writing and music, the evening is hosted by Pearson as Callas and includes Mark Bentley Cohen, C. E. Gatchalian, Alex Leslie and Amal Rana, plus musicians Rachel Iwaasa, Joel Klein, Kim Villagante and DJ Denise.

The Voice of the Century: A Screaming Weenie Cabaret takes place on Friday, June 20 at the Heartwood Community Café (317 East Broadway). Tickets are available online from Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. Visit for more information.

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