Genus to open in Toronto

Wayne McGregor's Genus, for which Joby collaborated on an electro-acoustic score with Los Angeles-based composer and producer Deru, is to open as part of a triple bill at the National Ballet of Canada this Wednesday, March 29, running until April 2.

Commissioned by the Paris Opera Ballet Genus, a ballet for 24 dancers, was inspired by Charles Darwin's book On the Origin of Species which was published in 1859.

Booking information and tickets can be found here.

Sing opens at the Toronto International Film Festival

Sing, the latest film from the creators of Despicable Me, writer-director Garth Jennings and with a score by Joby, showed today at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The animated Sing tells the tale of koala impresario Buster Moon and the menagerie of entrants in the singing competition he stages in a last-ditch effort to save his theatre — which just happens to exist in a world populated solely by animals. The film was screened as a work in progress and is due for general release in December this year.

Joby has worked with Jennings on both of the director's previous feature films, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) and Son of Rambow (2007). In Sing, the score elides with a dazzling array of existing songs to bring to life Jennings' original story, driven by its irrepressible central character.

For more information about the screening, visit the film's page on the Toronto International Film Festival website. 

Reviews for Everest at The Dallas Opera

The premiere run from 30 January of Joby's first opera, the one-act Everest, was greeted warmly by both audiences and critics, with one reviewer describing it as 'a genre-bending coup-de-théâtre'.

The work was paired with an abridged fourth act of Catalani's La Wally, with Everest following in the second half of the evening. It relates the experiences of three climbers involved in the mountaineering disaster of 1996, in which several participants died during a storm on the famous peak. Librettist Gene Scheer adapted the story using his own primary research with survivors and climbers' families. The work starred Andrew Bidlack as Rob Hall, Kevin Burdette as Beck Weathers, Craig Verm as Doug Hansen and Sasha Cooke as Jan Arnold. It was directed by Leonard Foglia and conducted by Nicole Paiement, with set design by Robert Brill.


'A breathtakingly powerful and phenomenally well-staged achievement that lingers in your mind and your heart... This is destined to become a part of the modern canon, one of the most compelling and relevant operas in a generation.'

Arnold Wayne Jones, Dallas Voice

'Everest is riveting... hugely entertaining and the music is gorgeous. It has all the ingredients of a blockbuster... If you want to see where opera is headed in the 21st-century, don’t miss this production.'

Catherine Womack, D Magazine

'A remarkable first opera... This 70-minute juggernaut makes you feel disturbingly in the moment, living—and dying—along with the characters.'

Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal

'Talbot's music is a wonder... it is almost unclassifiable. He doesn't just break the rules of opera writing; he completely ignores them. He relegates such traditions to a display case in some musical museum — archaic and useless in today's theatrical world... It is a triumph.'

Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Theater Jones

'A stirring score on top of a masterful libretto... It's easy to imagine Everest as a lasting work.'

David Weuste, OperaPulse

'The Dallas Opera [has] scored a mighty coup [with] Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer's Everest. A very powerful drama [that] rivals great legitimate theater in its impact.'

Olin Chism, Fort Worth Star Telegram

'Joby Talbot's orchestration in Everest was simply outstanding in its plush multilayered brilliance.'

Laurie Lynn Lindemeier, The Column 


Everest premieres in Dallas and Chamber returns to The Hague

This week sees the premiere of Joby's first opera by the Dallas Opera, as well as the return to The Hague of Chamber, his 2012 collaboration with choreographer Medhi Walerski.

Everest, a one-act work, relates events surrounding the tragic deaths of several climbers on the mountain in 1996 and stars Kevin Burdette, Sasha Cooke, Andrew Bidlack and Craig Verm. Joby worked in close collaboration with librettist Gene Scheer and conductor Nicole Paiement; the production is directed by Leonard Foglia with set design by Robert Brill, costumes by David C. Woolard, lighting by Christopher Akerlind and projections by Elaine J. McCarthy. Following the premiere at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House on 30 January will be a further four performances on 2, 4 and 7 February.

Chamber, commissioned by Nederlands Dans Theater and the Norwegian National Ballet, returns to The Hague for four performances for the first time since its 2012 premiere. The work is choreographed to Joby's Chamber Symphony and was commissioned as part of worldwide celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. It has been toured by NDT and will here be presented in a programme alongside works by Marco Goecke and Sol Léon and Paul Lightfoot. There are four performances from 28-31 January.