Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Canadian Opera Company

Madama Butterfly is a story of the Other— the exotic Japanese woman, an object to be possessed and exploited, later to be thrown away once she outgrows her mysticism. Pinkerton talks early on of the need to possess this butterfly, even at the cost of crushing her wings, in fact, to go as far as to pinning her to the wall to lay claim to his prize.

For the love of Opera: Verdi’s Falstaff

Canadian Opera Company’s comedic and near flawless Falstaff—what a way to start the season. Gerald Finley as Sir John Falstaff in the Canadian Opera Company production of Falstaff plays the epitome of life ...

For the love of Opera: Don Quichotte

COC ends their season on a high note with a perfect Don Quichotte Quinn Kesley as Sancho Panza and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Don Quichotte with their four legged friends and onlookers. Jules Massenet’s Don...

For the Love of Opera: Roberto Devereux

The Canadian Opera Company’s production of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux is beautiful opera with only a few kinks.  Roberto Devereux shows a jealously obsessed Queen Elizabeth I. “My wrath readies such a tom...
Persee. Meghan Lindsay as Venus and Artists of Atelier Ballet. Photo: Bruce Zinger

Feeling the passion and obsession of Lully’s Persée

This weekend, Opera Atelier’s Persée is all but guaranteed to be a smashing success. It’s the third time the company has remounted the show and this time around, they will be taking it back to its original stag...