Against the Grain Theater to celebrate Holst’s “Sāvitri” centenary with new filmed production
On June 23, 2021, Against the Grain Theater will present a new filmed version of Gustav Holst’s chamber opera “Sāvitri”.
Based on the Hindu legend of the same name, this filmed version is set to be released 100 years after the opera debut. The story follows an Indian princess who confronts the god of death to save her husband, and stars Indo-Canadian soprano, actor and 2007 Miss India Canada Meher Pavri in the title role. She will be joined by Armenian-Canadian bass-baritone Vartan Gabrilian as Yama, the god of death, and tenor Andrew Haji as Satyavān.
The 12-piece chamber orchestra will be conducted by Simon Rivard, resident conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. There will be additional music by sarod master, educator and writer Arnab Chakrabarty, as well as table virtuoso Shahbaz Hussain. The creative team includes sound designer Pouya Hamidi, cinematographer Dylan Toombs and costume designer Ming Wong. AtG Associate Artistic Director and Co-Founder Miriam Khalil is making her professional directorial debut alongside Associate Director Simran Claire.
“’Sāvitri’ is about where my family came from and my identity as a Punjabi artist born in Canada,” Claire noted in a press release. “I do not compartmentalize my cultural heritage and my career as an artist, I can approach this project as a full person.
The opening night will see AtG hold a pre-show online chat with cast and directors, moderated by collective member company Amanda Hadi.