Ludwig van Toronto: THE SCOOP | Tapestry Opera Shines With 13 Nominations At 2020 Dora Awards

By Michael Vincent June 8, 2020

Tapestry Opera, Shanawdithit
Tapestry Opera and Opera on the Avalon’s production of Shanawdithit. (Photo: Dahlia Katz)

Even with a COVID-19 lockdown, the 41st Dora Mavor Moore Awards are taking the “show must go on” maxim to heart with an all virtual presentation this year. 

Announced today, the 2020 Dora Awards has released a total of 243 nominations across six divisions.  

Leading the pack in the Opera Category is Tapestry Opera with a whopping 13 nods. Tapestry’s Shanawdithit (co-produced with Opera on the Avalon), accounting for eight nominations, and Jacqueline with five.

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Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts: Nominations Announced for 2020 Dora Awards – Virtual Edition

June 8, 2020

18 productions receive nominations in General Theatre Division with Soulpepper’s The Brothers Size in the lead with 

10 musicals receive nominations in Musical Theatre Division with Musical Stage Company and Obsidian Theatre’s Caroline, or Change in front with 8

20 shows receive nominations in Independent Theatre Division with Coal Mine Theatre’s Marjorie Prime in prime spot with 6

10 operas receive nominations in Opera Division with Tapestry Opera’s Shanawdithit on top with 8

17 dance performances receive nominations in Dance Division with National Ballet of Canada’s Angels’ Atlaswith Chroma & Marguerite and Armand in the lead with 6

8 presentations receive nominations in Theatre for Young Audiences Division with Young People’s Theatre’s The Mush Hole and Théâtre français de Toronto’s Les Zinspiré.e.s : Infiniment Éveillé.e.s in tie for top spot with 6 each

Toronto (June 8, 2020) – At an online media announcement – pre-taped in front of Meridian Hall with physically distanced protocols in place – streamed June 8 on the Dora Awards YouTube channel, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA)announced 243 nominations for the 41st annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards which recognize excellence in professional theatre, dance and opera in Toronto. 

With 85% of productions registered for the Dora Awards successfully produced during the 2019-20 season, TAPA previously announced that the award show would be going virtual this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though the 2019-2020 season was truncated, there were still 135 producing companies that presented 160 eligible productions.

The 2020 Dora Awards – Virtual Edition, written by Emmy, Gemini and Dora-nominated Diane Flacks and directed by award-winning theatre director, actor and writer Ed Roy, will be presented on the Dora Awards YouTube channel (as well as on other TAPA social media outlets) beginning at 7:30pm on June 29, where 46 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Silver Ticket Award and the Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award will be bestowed. 

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