Carmen opera Review: COC’s Carmen, full of beautiful music and singing, but a more convincing portrayal of passion would help the opera from feeling flat.
The melodies and music of Carmen is accessible in the best possible way, not in a pandering or simple way, it's just a great story with great music start to finish.
The premiere of Mozart's Lucio Silla is a special one for Canadian opera fans as it is the first time the composer’s masterpiece will be produced in Canada. This is Mozart's first masterpiece, where love proves more powerful than the tyranny of Rome’s infamous dictator. You’ll find passion, intrigue and redemption in an opera that is notoriously challenging for singers.
Mozart and Da Ponte crafted timeless characters that work well together. Mount that with simply beautiful music and you have the makings of a thoroughly enjoyable night at the opera. Debus hoped “we all should leave the hall uplifted and energised,” and we certainly do.
Barbara Monk Feldman’s Pyramus and Thisbe, not an opera for the uninitiated Everything about Pyramus and Thisbe seems dull and muted, including lighting and costumes. Let's start on a high note. Canadian...