Ian Cusson

March 9 AND 10, 2022—7:30 P.M.
March 12 AND 13, 2022—1:00 P.M. AND 7:30 P.M.

Please note: Given a continued surge of Omicron transmission across Ontario, the Canadian Opera Company is cancelling all live-audience performances of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. At this time, no further 2021/2022 in-person productions have been cancelled.

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Performed at the Canadian Opera Company Theatre
227 Front St. E., Toronto, Ontario


Recommended for young adults (12-18 years old)

While visiting a boisterous, old-fashioned carnival, best friends Léa and Ivy stumble upon a dark secret. Their ghostly discovery makes them confront an age-old dilemma: when faced with another person’s suffering, do you turn away, or try to help?

This new opera, by former COC Composer-in-Residence Ian Cusson with libretto by acclaimed playwright Colleen Murphy, explores themes of death, violence, compassion and the courage to insist on being heard.

Former COC Director/Dramaturg-in-Residence Julie McIsaac joins the creative team as director and dramaturg, along with a number of current Ensemble Studio artists cast in leading roles; these include: sopranos Jamie Groote and Midori Marsh as Léa and Ivy; tenor Matthew Cairns as the carnival worker Emile; and soprano Charlotte Siegel in the role of Léa’s mother Manon. Set design and costumes from Camellia Koo, executed by Design Co-ordinator Jung-Hye Kim, and lighting by Mikael Kangas infuse the atmosphere with whimsy, nostalgia, and mystery in this haunting, contemporary ghost story.

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Composer Ian Cusson
Librettist Colleen Murphy
Director/Dramaturg Julie McIsaac

Full cast and creative team to be announced at a later date.


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