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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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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 Alkema. Tosca 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.
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.