louis riel


Harry Somers
APRIL 20 TO MAY 13, 2017

Running time (Estimated): Two hours, 30 minutes including one intermission.
On stage at the Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.

Sung in English, French, and Cree with English SURTITLES™.

new coc production. 

Hero, martyr, or traitor? The story of the polarizing Métis leader and Canada’s westward expansion is told in this landmark work. Composed by Harry Somers for our nation’s centennial in 1967, this uniquely Canadian contribution to the opera world is returning on the work’s 50th anniversary, and will help mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. The COC has joined with Canada’s National Arts Centre to proudly present this new production of Louis Riel.



Louis Riel Russell Braun
Sir John A. Macdonald   James Westman
Marguerite Riel      Simone Osborne
Julie Riel    Allyson McHardy
Bishop Taché   Alain Coulombe
Thomas Scott   Michael Colvin
Conductor:     Johannes Debus
Director:   Peter Hinton
Lighting Designer:   Bonnie Beecher
Chorus Master: Sandra Horst
Set Designer: Michael Gianfrancesco
Costume Designer: Gillian Gallow

With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

A Canadian Opera Company co-production with Canada’s National Arts Centre




  • 04/20/2017 at 7:30 p.m.
  • 04/23/2017 at 2 p.m.
  • 04/26/2017 at 7:30 p.m.
  • 04/29/2017 at 4:30 p.m.
  • 05/02/2017 at 7:30 p.m
  • 05/05/2017 at 7:30 p.m.
  • 05/13/2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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