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3/17/2017

CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY’S 2017 REVIVAL OF LOUIS RIEL FEATURES VOICES NOT HEARD BEFORE

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A Uniquely Canadian Contribution to Opera Revisited for the 21st Century

Toronto – Louis Riel, composed by Harry Somers with libretto by Mavor Moore, is a uniquely Canadian contribution to the opera world. First performed in 1967 and last performed by the COC in 1975, Louis Riel returns to the stage in 2017 in a new co-production between the COC and National Arts Centre (NAC) that works to revise the opera’s colonial biases and bring forward its inherent strengths and power. Louis Riel runs for seven performances by the COC on April 20, 23, 26, 29, May 2, 5, 13, 2017 at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts before making its way to Ottawa to be presented by the NAC on June 15 and 17, 2017.

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3/10/2017

TOSCA’S TALE OF LOVE, LUST, PASSION AND BETRAYAL RETURNS TO CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY

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Two of Opera’s Great Divas—Adrianne Pieczonka and Keri Alkema—Star in Title Role

Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company closes its 2016/2017 season with Puccini’s beloved Tosca. A tense drama of passion and betrayal, Tosca returns in a COC production performed with two of today’s great divas in the title role: internationally renowned Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and critically acclaimed American soprano Keri AlkemaTosca runs for 12 performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on April 30, May 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 2017.

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3/7/2017

LOUIS RIEL RETURNS TO CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY WITH INCLUSIVE AND EXPANSIVE HISTORY RESTORED

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A Contentious and Provocative Celebratory Work to Honour Canada’s History

Toronto – Canadian history comes to life on the stage of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts this spring when Harry Somers’ Louis Riel returns to the Canadian Opera Company. A new production of this uniquely Canadian contribution to the opera world is being conceived by one of Canadian theatre’s most acclaimed and inventive directors, Peter Hinton, with the COC’s celebrated music director, Johannes Debus, conducting. This production of Louis Riel is proudly presented by the COC and its co-producer, National Arts Centre (NAC), in anticipation of Canada’s sesquicentennial and the 50th anniversary of the opera’s premiere. Louis Riel is sung in English, French, Michif and Cree with English, French, Michif and Cree SURTITLESTM, and runs for seven performances by the COC on April 20, 23, 26, 29, May 2, 5, 13, 2017 at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. It will premiere in Ottawa by the NAC on June 15 and 17, 2017.

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