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The Riel thing

By virtue of its subject matter and the auspicious occasion of its commissioning, Louis Riel was destined to be iconic. The subject matter is a founding member of the province of Manitoba, who fought and ultimately died for his province in the early days of Canada. The occasion was Canada’s centennial and a prestigious commission to write an opera worthy of the moment.  Read more »

Cards on the table

The Canadian Opera Company scored a coup when they secured Christine Goerke for the revival of their Ring productions over the last three seasons.  Read more »

Sag, welch wunderbare Träume

Before audiences around the world saw his celebrated production of Wagner’s Parsifal, Toronto audiences were introduced to the operatic work of Quebec director François Girard at the Canadian Opera Company. He made his company debut with a striking double-bill of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Symphony of Psalms, and followed up with his distinctive Siegfried, with Canada’s set designer extraordinaire, Michael Levine, as his collaborative partner in all three.   Read more »

Myths, matched

“CanCon”, or Canadian Content, is always a concern in Canadian cultural discourse.

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