Sweat is an ‘a capella’ opera for 10 singers about women in the global garment industry.
Sweat takes us inside the world of the sweatshop, where the individual ambitions of workers and management are set against the movement toward unionization. Scored for chorus and five soloists performing in English as well as Cantonese, Tamil and Hungarian, Sweat seeks
to bring the audience into the heart of a contemporary sweatshop. What do these workers dream of, sewing sleeves all day? Was life better in the village left behind? Plunging headfirst into the ethical conundrums of the garment trade, the work offers a window into the lives of
the workers who clothe us. Sweat is a response to our globalized world, in which we never meet the women who sew our clothing and we rarely think about their working conditions.
“The Bicycle Opera Project gives venerable art a new spin.”
– CBC, THE NATIONAL
The Bicycle Opera Project is a group of excellent young professional artists dedicated to bringing high-quality, accessible opera to communities across Ontario… traveling exclusively by bicycle! Kingston audiences will recognize Geoffrey Sirett, the co-producer of The Bicycle Opera Project. This talented group combines two of his passions, singing in the cycle-touring opera company that gives opera a new spin, and introducing Canadian audiences to a wealth of compelling contemporary opera with gifted young singers.