An effervescent program of music devoted to the pleasures of the glass!  

Soprano Heather Pawsey, pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, and flutist Kathryn Cernauskas perform Gabriel Charpentier’s chamber opera A Tea Symphony, or, The Perils of Clara – a Kitsch Opera in 9 Drinks:  the saga of a Scotch-soaked soprano who longed to play the cello, but whose evil mother forced her into flute lessons.  While performing salon music in a grand hotel, Clara recounts her musical misadventures (and colourful love life) — consuming 9 glasses of brandy in the process …

Also on tap:  Merry music and scintillating surprises to please your palate!

Co-produced with the City of Richmond Minoru Chapel Opera Series

May 4, 2011

Minoru Chapel (6540 Gilbert Road, Richmond BC)

Angus Bell, bass-baritone
Beverly McArthur, mezzo-soprano
Wade Nott, tenor
Heather Pawsey, soprano
Kathryn Cernauskas, flute
Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano


A Tea Symphony, or, The Perils of Clara – Gabriel Charpentier


Astrolabe Musik Theatre presents a ‘taste’ of opera
Richmond Review – April 28, 2011

Forget about the Chan Centre, Heather Pawsey has turned some of the most unusual places into concert halls. The aquarium, a mine shaft, a winery, a rail station and even a crematorium have turned into places of music thanks to the Vancouver soprano. [Read full article]