Broadway World: Kravtchenko’s TANGO FOR TWO Will Return in May

By: Stephi Wild, Feb. 12, 2024

After a debut in October 2023, the Canadian opera “Tango for Two” by rising composer Jonathan Kravtchenko is set to return by popular demand in May 2024.

Performances are on May 5 & 17 2024 at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity St Pauls Centre.

Following its premiere in Toronto in October 2023, the Toronto audience were eager to once again experience the profound tale of love and identity against the backdrop of Canada’s eastern shores.

“Tango for Two” weaves a spellbinding narrative of romance ignited between a sailor and his soulmate in a quaint coastal town of Nova Scotia. Kravtchenko’s evocative score, coupled with poignant libretto, delves deep into the essence of Canadian identity, exploring themes of love, longing, and the enduring impact of our personal histories. Through its emotive score and evocative narrative, the opera seeks to transport audiences on a journey of discovery. The show is exhilarating, inspiring and something that’s never been done before in the world of Opera.

“Using dance as a story telling element in Opera was something so ‘out-there’ that it took a while to fully flesh out the ideas.” says Jonathan. “Nobody is doing, or has done, what we are doing with Opera. We knew we needed to be bold and just go for it…”

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 October 19, 2023

Beach pianist and composer Jonathan Kravtchenko will premiere his concert-opera Tango for Two on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The performance will take place at the Jeanne Lamon Hall – Trinity St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor St. W.). Doors open for the performance at 7:30 p.m.

At the age of 19, Kravtchenko has already gained a large following for both his musical compositions and his skilled playing.

In May of this year he performed the Dreamland concert featuring his chamber music and piano solo compositions.

Kravtchenko’s interest in music began at a young age when his father brought home a small toy keyboard for him to play with.

His mother died when he was 18 and he promised her that he would always continue to write music. Kravtchenko describes Tango for Two as… READ MORE

LUDWIG VAN | Jonathan Kravtchenko On Creating Opera For A...

By Anya Wassenberg on August 14, 2023

Jonathan Kravtchenko is premiering a new opera in Toronto this fall, and he’s aiming to reach out to an audience that may not have ever been interested in opera before. The popular local pianist and composer will premiere his opera Tango for Two on October 21.

Jonathan Kravtchenko

“I started music a long time ago, obviously a big inspiration and a big part of it is the connection with UofT,” he says. Jonathan grew up in a family with a great appreciation for music. By the age of 8 or 9, he was attending masterclasses and recitals at the University of Toronto with his family on a regular basis. “We went as much as we could.” …READ MORE

CRUSHING CLASSICAL | The Happiest Musician: Creating A Career You Love...

Sep 14, 2023

Jonathan Kravtchenko is an exciting young composer from Canada. He is currently getting ready for the premiere of his new opera-nova, “Tango for Two”, which premieres in Toronto on October 21st.

It’s difficult to get STARTED in a music career, and in my conversation with Jonathan we looked at the landscape for recent graduates.  COVID was awful for everyone, but my husband and I were in a relatively privileged place, with established portfolio careers to fall back on.  The generation that came of age during this pandemic has had a harder time!  

We talked about the needs of new audiences, the trajectories of young musicians, and his upcoming self-produced opera premiere, Tango for Two… LISTEN TO FULL PODCAST

MET RADIO | Young composer aims to remove opera’s ‘dusty...

27 July 2023 / by Owen Thompson

Jonathan Kravtchenko, an 18-year-old Toronto composer, is trying to revamp opera in his debut production Tango for Two.

In his time in the music industry, Kravtchenko has performed as a soloist with his own compositions and concerts. This upcoming show is his first major production.

Tango for Two as a show is blending the tango musical genre with the nautical themes. The show takes place in Eastern Canada with a sailor as one of the primary characters. Like the main character from the novel The Sailor Who Fell out of Grace with the Sea, after travelling the world he is looking to settle down and meet someone. When he does, “tragedy strikes and they cannot see each other.” …READ MORE

Stage Door News | Toronto: The InterMusic Group presents the...

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Tango for Two is a two-act opera that tells a folk tale love story that takes place on the east coast of Canada. Told from the perspective of the Sailor and his Love in their elder years, it follows the story of the young sailor who falls in love at first sight with a beautiful woman he sees while strolling along a boardwalk. After many lonely years at sea… READ MORE