Available online until Friday, March 25, 2022




The curtain rises on the magnificent Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts—Canada’s first and only purpose-built opera house—as we mark our artistic return to the stage. For the first time in 19 months, music fills the hall with a concert program of iconic arias and orchestral pieces from Bizet, Puccini, Verdi, and Wagner, among others.

Two of opera’s best-loved opera stars, baritone Russell Braun and soprano Tamara Wilson, reunite with the COC Music Director Johannes Debus and the COC Orchestra, presenting a carefully curated program that explores the vast spectrum of human experience and the vital spark of connection that the arts provide in a tumultuous and uncertain world.

This concert kicks off the COC’s A Season Like No Other, a first-of-its-kind streaming initiative making opera accessible for free to all Canadians, from coast to coast to coast.



Cast & Creative Team


Russell Braun, baritone
Tamara Wilson, soprano

Conductor: Johannes Debus
Executive Producers: Perryn Leech, Roberto Mauro, Johannes Debus
Director: Taylor Long
Lighting Designer: Daniele Guevara

With the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra



Program
Overture
La forza del destino
Giuseppe Verdi

“Dich, teure Halle”
Tannhäuser
Richard Wagner

“Tutto è deserto... Il balen del tuo sorriso”
Il Trovatore
Verdi

Entr’acte, Act III
Carmen
Georges Bizet

“Scintille, diamant”
The Tales of Hoffmann
Jacques Offenbach

“Ben io t’invenni… Anch’io dischiuso”
Nabucco
Giuseppe Verdi

Intermezzo, Act II
Adriana Lecouvreur
Francesco Cilea

“Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen”
Die tote Stadt
Erich Korngold

“Vissi d’arte”
Tosca
Giacomo Puccini

“Wie Todesahnung… O du, mein holder Abendstern”
Tannhäuser
Richard Wagner

“Tacea la notte placida… Di tale amor”
Il Trovatore
Giuseppe Verdi

Liebestod (“Mild und leise”)
Tristan und Isolde
Richard Wagner

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