Photos by Philippe Bovet
OPUS20 is the creative collaboration between Jonathan Monro and Chris Turley, based in Montreal, Canada. With decades of musical experience between them, they have set out to create inspired, story-driven cinematic music to support the creative vision of passionate film and video game developers.
OPUS20 get their unique sound from the hybrid of the diverse musical backgrounds of the two composers. With influences ranging from musical theatre and classical to metal, avant garde, and electronic music, the duo are equipped to compose in a variety of styles, while retaining the authenticity of their unique creative voices.
Originally from Newfoundland, Jonathan made his debut as a pianist at Carnegie Recital Hall, and is an award-winning composer, music director, pianist, singer, actor, lyricist, and writer for stage, film, and television. Of Jonathan’s 30+ scores, highlights include the CBC movie A Christmas Fury, Pop, Kill Cat Oakland, and the 50th Anniversary Gala Documentary for Los Angeles’ Center for LGBTQIA2+; original musicals include A History of Summer (with Drama Desk Award© winner Adam Mathias), lyrics and music for The Hockey Sweater (sold out runs in Montreal and Ottawa), and the multi award-winning Variations on a Nervous Breakdown. He was the recipient of BMI New York’s Harrington Award for Songwriting, and was musical associate and co-producer to multi Academy©, Tony©, and Grammy Award© winner Alan Menken. He currently resides in Montreal, and is proud to be a founding member of OPUS20.
Jamie Forsyth is a Toronto-born composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose music career has spanned more than two decades of musical theater, television and live venues from clubs to concert arenas all over the world. After entering the University of Toronto’s Jazz Studies program and subsequently spending the next few years of his career conducting orchestras in Toronto’s vibrant theater scene, he found his way to Los Angeles, where he began working alongside friend and mentor Sean Callery on shows like 24 Legacy, Elementary, and Jessica Jones, among others, and most notably on FOX’s primetime juggernaut Bones. Other recent TV credits include the 4-part follow-up mini-series The Kennedys: After Camelot, ABC’s Somewhere Between & Marvel’s Inhumans. Jamie has earned 5 ASCAP Awards for his music on Bones, as well as a Royal Television Society Award (UK) for Outstanding Main Title Music for the BBC show Playing It Straight .He currently lives and works in Mar Vista, California.