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Toronto’s Queen of Puddings Music Theatre burst onto the arts scene in 1995 with its forward-thinking, absorbing, fantastical approach to the tradition we know as classical opera. Created by John Hess and Dáirine Ní Mheadhra, it was born of their desire to blend their extensive creative knowledge and vision with a performer-based physical singing theatre aesthetic to develop and produce original Canadian chamber opera. From its auspicious beginning, Queen of Puddings has consistently produced provocative, dramatic presentations that have challenged the parameters of the opera genre. The company works solely with Canadian artists.


BORDERS: “ … a magnificent work … The geographic, linguistic and emotional expansiveness of Sokolovic’s texts carries over into her music, which goes far beyond conventional operatic use of the voice … Phillips went beyond virtuosity and entered into the various states of love with purity of heart as well as voice, and conveyed an exhilarating freedom and daring as she leapt from language to language – especially in the dizzying “I love you’s” … A full day later, I was still shaken by her performance … Sokolovic has touched the primeval heart of civilization … (and)  breathes new life into Canadian music theatre” — Tamara Bernstein (Globe and Mail


BORDERS ARTIST QUOTE: “Borders, lovely in a garden, irrelevant in music ... ” — John Hess and Dáirine Ní Mheadhra, Co-Artistic Directors, Queen of Puddings Music Theatre

“Love Songs” by Queen of Puddings Music Theatre




A spectacular tour-de-force for solo singer. Award-winning composer Ana Sokolovic chooses her favourite love poems from different countries sets them to music and frames each set with I Love You in 100 languages.


Love Songs for Solo Female Voice by Ana Sokolovic; With Mezzo-soprano, Lauren Phillips; Director and choreographer: Marie-Josee Chartier; Music Direction: Dáirine Ní Mheadhra and John Hess; Producer: Nathalie Bonjour; Lighting design: Bonnie Beecher.


Queen of Puddings Music Theatre