Featuring a score by Irish composer Gareth Williams “so evocative and beautiful” (Globe and Mail) and a libretto by Canadian playwright Anna Chatterton that “packs an emotional wallop” (Musical Toronto), this intimate and psychologically insightful look at love, luck, and greed premiered in 2016 and received 9 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations and 5 awards in 2017, including Outstanding Male Performance by Asitha Tennekoon, Outstanding Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Direction by Michael Hidetoshi Mori, and Outstanding Production.

Rocking Horse Winner is the story of Ava and her son Paul. Their house, and a rocking horse, whisper words that only Paul can hear. When the voice of the house grows more urgent in whispering “there must be more money,” Paul enlists his lucky rocking horse to tell him the names of live horse race winners. He begins betting with great success, but each win comes at an enormous cost.

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released December 16, 2020

Composer: Gareth Williams
Librettist: Anna Chatterton
Story Director: Michael Hidetoshi Mori
Music Director and Conductor: Kamna Gupta

Paul – Asitha Tennekoon
Ava – Lucia Cesaroni
Oscar – Keith Klassen
Bassett – Peter McGillivray

The House – Midori Marsh, Soprano
The House – Alex Hetherington, Mezzo-Soprano
The House – Stephen Bell, Tenor
The House – Korin Thomas-Smith, Baritone

Piano – Stéphane Mayer
Violin I – Aysel Taghi-Zada
Violin II – Suhashini Arulanandam
Viola – Brenna McLane
Cello – Bryan Holt

Director – Michael Hidetoshi Mori
Music Director – Kamna Gupta
Assistant Conductor – Gregory Oh
Executive Producer – Michael Hidetoshi Mori
Recording Producer – David Jaeger
Recording Engineer – Dennis Patterson
Tapestry Producer – Jaime Martino

Original Photography – Dahlia Katz
Cover Art Design – Angie Caunce, Jenni Grandfield