Supporter Opening Night: Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, 7:30 P.M. ET
General Public Streaming: Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 at 7:30 P.M. ET
This multi-disciplinary presentation in collaboration with Against the Grain Theatre invites us to reckon with the impact of COVID-19—and heal together through the power of Mozart’s astonishingly moving Requiem.
Incorporating interviews with front-line medical workers and community members directly affected by the pandemic, this interpretation conceived by Joel Ivany and Johannes Debus connects individual stories of loss and resilience to the sonic world of Mozart’s heartbreakingly beautiful piece. The result charts a passage out of the darkest days of an unprecedented global event towards a new hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Featuring artists from the COC Ensemble Studio training program, as well as Kwagiulth and Stó:lo First Nations mezzo-soprano Marion Newman, this Requiem is a showcase of the next generation of voices in opera.
Cast & Creative Team
Midori Marsh, soprano
Marion Newman, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Haji, tenor
Vartan Gabrielian, bass
Conceived by: Joel Ivany and Johannes Debus
Conductor: Johannes Debus
Price Family Chorus Master: Sandra Horst
With the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and Chorus
- The water nymph Rusalka has fallen in love – from afar – with a Prince. With the witch Ježibaba’s help, she takes on human form in exchange for her voice and with the threat that if she cannot attain and hold the Prince’s affection, they will both be cursed to eternal damnation. When he betrays her, it is Rusalka’s great love for him that overcomes the curse and – as he proclaims his love for her – gives him peace in death.
2021/2022 season creative: BT/A