Aug 05 - 12 2022
Gould’s Wall - 21C Music Festival

Gould’s Wall - 21C Music Festival

Presented by Royal Conservatory of Music and Tapestry Opera at The Atrium, Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM Atrium)

Bursting with the compulsion to reach the top, she invokes Canadian icon, classical pianist Glenn Gould to guide her towards dizzying heights - but the path isn’t easy. Each brick represents her art, her rigour and her challenge. Does she have the strength, or will she slip and fall into the abyss? Adventurous singers perform suspended from The Royal Conservatory’s atrium in this daring new opera, connecting the old wall’s historic past to the present in a thrilling staging that defies gravity.
Award-winning theatre artist and librettist Liza Balkan evokes the young artist’s rigorous journey, weaving many of Gould’s own words into the libretto, and acclaimed Canadian composer Brian Current delivers a thrilling, kinetic score. Directed by multiple Dora Award-winning Philip Akin, and featuring The Glenn Gould School’s New Music Ensemble.

Gould’s Wall is a re-imagining of the life of Canadian icon and classical pianist Glenn Gould and features singers climbing along the interior wall of The Royal Conservatory’s atrium. This daring new opera echoes Gould’s constant striving for artistic perfection and the inherent climb and fall in the artist’s journey.

Roger Honeywell, Glenn
Caitlin Wood, The Housewife
Andrea Ludwig, The Mother
Keith Klassen, The Celebrity
Justin Welsh, The Teacher
Alice Malakhov, The Girl
The Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble
Students of The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists


More information about the cast and creative team, photos, and video are available on the Tapestry Opera website here.

Presented in collaboration with Tapestry Opera, Toronto Summer Music, and Maniac Star with support from the Canada Council New Chapter Fund.

21C Music Festival  

Admission Info

PLEASE NOTE: Regular seats for Gould’s Wall on the balcony level may have a partially obstructed view.

Phone: 4168871526


Dates & Times

2022/08/05 - 2022/08/12

  • Aug 9, 2022 at 08:30 pm - 09:30 pm (Tue)
  • Aug 10, 2022 at 08:30 pm - 09:30 pm (Wed)
  • Aug 12, 2022 at 08:30 pm - 09:30 pm (Fri)
Location Info

The Atrium, Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM Atrium)

273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1W2

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