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...
Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, like so many operatic love stories, ends in tragedy. Director Arin Arbus has blessed audience goers at the Canadian Opera Company by casting
At the end of the night, what is clear, is that this Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung will creep through your psyche and remain there for days. Like Judith, we find ourselves simultaneously repulsed and intrigued, but we must see these disturbing tales through to their abysmal ends.