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Inside Opera: Hercules, Parts One & Two


For the past month we've followed director Peter Sellars, conductor Harry Bicket and the cast of Hercules as they rehearsed together for the first time in three years to recreate Sellars' emotional production of Handel's great opera. During rehearsals we had the opportunity to chat with bass-baritone Eric Owens (Hercules), mezzo-soprano Alice Coote (Dejanira), countertenor David Daniels (Lichas), soprano Lucy Crowe (Iole) and tenor Richard Croft (Hyllus) about the artistic process as they step back into the shoes of the complex characters they brought to life in Chicago in 2011. 

Inside Opera: Hercules Part One

Featuring interviews with Peter Sellars, Eric Owens, David Daniels, Alice Coote and Richard Croft.

Inside Opera: Hercules Part Two

Featuring interviews with conductor Harry Bicket and Lucy Crowe.

Hercules runs until April 30 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Click here for more information or buy tickets today.


Photo: Eric Owens as Hercules in the Canadian Opera Company/Lyric Opera of Chicago (LOC) co-production of Hercules, 2011, LOC. Photo: Dan Rest

Posted by Danielle D'Ornellas / in Hercules / comments (1) / permalink

Karin MacHardy (4/15/2014 4:00:00 AM)
Bravi, Brave, everyone, for giving us Hercules. With a cast like that (don't remember ever having such a 'big name cast' at the COC), who can fail. The production was great, but the sets (on stage - background was great) could have been more imaginative; or better nothing at all. I will be going to see it again!! On another NOTE: The COC audience is appalling. Nowhere in the world is there this little applause and enthusiasm. And the house management seems to encourage it by drawing the curtain far too quickly. NEVER IN MY LIFE (and I have been to opera houses across the world - literally) have I seen a cast like we had in Hercules get this little applause. YOU must educate the audience. It is so appalling that it ruins our enjoyment. And I always hear a number of people comment on this around us (opera lovers who appreciate who is singing). PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. What must these singers think about Canadians. Maybe - I don't want to sing here again?????? I wouldn't. Karin MacHardy

Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001



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