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HADRIAN

Rufus Wainwright with libretto by Daniel MacIvor
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WORLD PREMIERE

Emperor Hadrian is devastated after his lover Antinous drowns in the Nile River. While matters of state encroach on his grief, and advisors clamour for war against a radical new threat to the Empire, Hadrian slips out of time to re-encounter the vision and reality of Antinous—and learn the truth about what happened on the Nile.

This highly anticipated world premiere from composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor features the company debuts of opera legends Thomas Hampson and Karita Mattila, and is presented by the same creative team behind the COC’s 2017 production of Louis Riel.

Connect with us on social by using #COCHadrian | @CanadianOpera

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Details

On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.

Sung in English and Latin with English SURTITLESTM

Content advisoryHadrian contains nudity and scenes of a sexual nature. The opera is recommended for audiences 18 or older. Should you have questions or require more details, we invite you to contact our team at 416-363-8231 or 1-800-250-4653.  


Cast and CREATIVE TEAMS
Hadrian Thomas Hampson
Plotina Karita Mattila
Antinous Isaiah Bell
Sabina Ambur Braid
Dinarchus Ben Heppner
Turbo David Leigh

Conductor Johannes Debus
Director Peter Hinton
Set Designer Michael Gianfrancesco
Costume Designer Gillian Gallow
Lighting Designer Bonnie Beecher
Choreographer Denise Clarke
Projection Designer Laurie-Shawn Borzovoy
Intimacy Coach Siobhan Richardson
Dramaturg Cori Ellison
Price Family Chorus Master* Sandra Horst
Fight Director James Binkley

*Sandra Horst and the COC Chorus are generously underwritten by Tim & Frances Price

Production generously underwritten by
COLLEEN SEXSMITH
PAUL BERNARDS

With additional major support from
MARK & GAIL APPEL
VIRGINIA ATKIN & KETIH AMBACHTSHEER
JUSTIN S. LINDEN
PETER M. PARTRIDGE
JAY SMITH & LAURA RAPP
RIKI TUROFSKY & CHARLES PETERSEN

With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

Synopsis

Emperor Hadrian is devastated after his lover Antinous drowns in the Nile River. While matters of state encroach on his grief, and advisors clamour for war against a radical new threat to the Empire, Hadrian slips out of time to reencounter the vision and reality of Antinous—and learn the truth about what happened on the Nile.

GALLERY

Hadrian composer Rufus Wainwright at an orchestra reading with the COC Orchestra, May 2018. Photo: COC staff


Hadrian composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor at an orchestra reading with the COC Orchestra, May 2018. Photo: COC staff


Preliminary costume sketch for Antinous in Act II by designer Gillian Gallow.


Preliminary costume sketch for Plotina by designer Gillian Gallow.

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Dramatically Roman: The Costumes of Hadrian

“They’re definitely Roman-inspired,” says award-winning Canadian designer Gillian Gallow of the costumes she has conceived for Hadrian, the new opera by Rufus Wainwright. “But there is also an extremely theatrical and modern perspective to it.”

READ MORE

Watch

ENTR'ACTE from Behind the Season, March 2018

Maestro Johannes Debus conducts this excerpt, called "Entr'acte" ("Between the Acts"), and offers his play-by-play in written annotations. The magnificent COC Orchestra performs.



Participate

HEARING HADRIAN: An Opera For Our Time

Discover Rufus Wainwright and Daniel MacIvor’s new opera Hadrian and its place within the larger context of 21st-century opera and queer storytelling in this interdisciplinary conference taking place in October 2018. 

FIND OUT MORE

BUZZ

“With Hadrian, the COC has been methodical and intelligent, pairing Wainwright with librettist Daniel MacIvor to turn this chapter of ancient Roman history into a viable gay-themed opera, and enlisting superstars Thomas Hampson and Karita Mattila to lead the cast.” CBC Music

“A major draw…the COC rounds up a fascinating cast of big names and rising stars.” The Globe and Mail

“Hadrian dominates Canadian Opera Company’s 2018-19 season.” Toronto Star

“Its world premiere on Oct. 13 will no doubt be one of the more closely watched events of the season.” Opera Canada

  • On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.

    Sung in English and Latin with English SURTITLESTM

    Content advisoryHadrian contains nudity and scenes of a sexual nature. The opera is recommended for audiences 18 or older. Should you have questions or require more details, we invite you to contact our team at 416-363-8231 or 1-800-250-4653.  


    Cast and CREATIVE TEAMS
    Hadrian Thomas Hampson
    Plotina Karita Mattila
    Antinous Isaiah Bell
    Sabina Ambur Braid
    Dinarchus Ben Heppner
    Turbo David Leigh

    Conductor Johannes Debus
    Director Peter Hinton
    Set Designer Michael Gianfrancesco
    Costume Designer Gillian Gallow
    Lighting Designer Bonnie Beecher
    Choreographer Denise Clarke
    Projection Designer Laurie-Shawn Borzovoy
    Intimacy Coach Siobhan Richardson
    Dramaturg Cori Ellison
    Price Family Chorus Master* Sandra Horst
    Fight Director James Binkley

    *Sandra Horst and the COC Chorus are generously underwritten by Tim & Frances Price

    Production generously underwritten by
    COLLEEN SEXSMITH
    PAUL BERNARDS

    With additional major support from
    MARK & GAIL APPEL
    VIRGINIA ATKIN & KETIH AMBACHTSHEER
    JUSTIN S. LINDEN
    PETER M. PARTRIDGE
    JAY SMITH & LAURA RAPP
    RIKI TUROFSKY & CHARLES PETERSEN

    With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

  • Emperor Hadrian is devastated after his lover Antinous drowns in the Nile River. While matters of state encroach on his grief, and advisors clamour for war against a radical new threat to the Empire, Hadrian slips out of time to reencounter the vision and reality of Antinous—and learn the truth about what happened on the Nile.


  • Hadrian composer Rufus Wainwright at an orchestra reading with the COC Orchestra, May 2018. Photo: COC staff


    Hadrian composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor at an orchestra reading with the COC Orchestra, May 2018. Photo: COC staff


    Preliminary costume sketch for Antinous in Act II by designer Gillian Gallow.


    Preliminary costume sketch for Plotina by designer Gillian Gallow.

  • Dramatically Roman: The Costumes of Hadrian

    “They’re definitely Roman-inspired,” says award-winning Canadian designer Gillian Gallow of the costumes she has conceived for Hadrian, the new opera by Rufus Wainwright. “But there is also an extremely theatrical and modern perspective to it.”

    READ MORE

  • ENTR'ACTE from Behind the Season, March 2018

    Maestro Johannes Debus conducts this excerpt, called "Entr'acte" ("Between the Acts"), and offers his play-by-play in written annotations. The magnificent COC Orchestra performs.



  • HEARING HADRIAN: An Opera For Our Time

    Discover Rufus Wainwright and Daniel MacIvor’s new opera Hadrian and its place within the larger context of 21st-century opera and queer storytelling in this interdisciplinary conference taking place in October 2018. 

    FIND OUT MORE

  • “With Hadrian, the COC has been methodical and intelligent, pairing Wainwright with librettist Daniel MacIvor to turn this chapter of ancient Roman history into a viable gay-themed opera, and enlisting superstars Thomas Hampson and Karita Mattila to lead the cast.” CBC Music

    “A major draw…the COC rounds up a fascinating cast of big names and rising stars.” The Globe and Mail

    “Hadrian dominates Canadian Opera Company’s 2018-19 season.” Toronto Star

    “Its world premiere on Oct. 13 will no doubt be one of the more closely watched events of the season.” Opera Canada


Banner photo features Gerry Egan (former Assistant, Scheduling & Events) and Shawn Molko (Event Staff), by Gaetz Photography.

HADRIAN

Rufus Wainwright with libretto by Daniel MacIvor
To

WORLD PREMIERE

Emperor Hadrian is devastated after his lover Antinous drowns in the Nile River. While matters of state encroach on his grief, and advisors clamour for war against a radical new threat to the Empire, Hadrian slips out of time to re-encounter the vision and reality of Antinous—and learn the truth about what happened on the Nile.

This highly anticipated world premiere from composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor features the company debuts of opera legends Thomas Hampson and Karita Mattila, and is presented by the same creative team behind the COC’s 2017 production of Louis Riel.

Connect with us on social by using #COCHadrian | @CanadianOpera

UNDER 30? Get your $22 tickets here.

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