Eight comedic mini-operas, each depicting a different stage of a romantic relationship.
Directed by Larry Weinstein
Produced by Jessica Daniel, Matthew Hornburg, Larry Weinstein
Composer: Alexina Louie
Libretto: Dan Redican
Editor: David New
Concept developed by Alexina Louie, Dan Redican, Larry Weinstein, Matthew Hornburg
A Rhombus Media/marblemedia Production
BURNT TOAST is comprised of a series of eight comedic mini-operas, each depicting a different stage of a romantic relationship set in contemporary settings. With original music and libretti, each vignette is a self-contained story, but together they work as a cohesive single piece. The relationships are of all types: the passionate, the fantasized, the bored and of course, the dead relationship.
"A laugh-filled treat...Not just for opera fans." Now Magazine
An opera program that actually appeals to a wide general audience, BURNT TOAST is the brainchild of the same team that created "Toothpaste", the five-minute domestic opera that has been screened throughout the world and showered with international prizes.
Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2006
Copyright Date: 2005
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-356-0
VHS ISBN: 1-59458-355-2
"The entire process of love, pain and the whole damn thing is uniquely played out in the mock-opera, Burnt Toast...TV is rarely this good...Weinstein's established visual style...is applied here...with striking effect."
The (Toronto) Globe and Mail
"Inspired...Composed by Alexina Louie, with a playfully ironic libretto from Dan Redican, the comedia opera features a virtual Who's Who of Canadian actors -- Paul Gross, Colm Feore, Colin Machirie, Leah Pinsent, Cathy Jones, Mark McKinney among others -- lip-synching their way through the melodie madness."
"A laugh-filled treat...Not just for opera fans."
"Burnt Toast is a somewhat unusual and brave release from Bullfrog Films...thrilling...Create[s] the interest to listen to more. What else could anyone ask of contemporary opera? A Highly Recommended purchase for all libraries."
Gerald Notaro, University of South Florida, Educational Media Reviews Online
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Awards and Festivals
Golden Sheaf Award, Best Original Music (Fiction)
Golden Sheaf Award, Best Editing (Fiction)
Toronto International Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival
Music on Film--Film on Music, Prague
Victoria International Film and Video Festival
One Yellow Rabbit's High Performance Video Festival, Calgary
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