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Bicycle Opera Project powers through Hamilton

Hamilton's art scene welcomed some unconventional performers this week when a group of opera singers visited the city — on bicycles.

Opera singers on 5-week bicycle tour across Ontario

A group of young singers is bringing the classical art form to cities across Ontario by bicycle, Deana Sumanac reports 2:21
Members of the Bicycle Opera Project cycle through the streets of Hamilton. (Deana Sumanac/CBC)

Hamilton's art scene welcomed some unconventional performers this week when a group of opera singers visited the city — on bicycles.

The Bicycle Opera Project, a young company that aims to bring the classical art form to cities across Ontario, put on a show at the city's Artword Artbar this week.

The freewheeling members of the company say they hope to debunk the myth of the opera diva while making an environmental statement along the way.

"I'll admit that the project is quite ambitious," said Larissa Koniuk, co-founder of the company. "We require that our singers and instrumentalists not only cycle up to 80 kilometres in a day, but also that we perform a fantastic show."

The group is currently powering their way through a five-week tour of Ontario, with stops in Hamilton and a dozen other cities.

Watch CBC arts reporter Deana Sumanac's video story from Hamilton by playing the video above.

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