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Mortal purpose

The advance publicity about Zhang Huan’s production of Handel’s luscious Semele currently having its US premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music prominently featured the Chinese artist’s provocative claim: “Knowing nothing about operas, I am a complete outsider.” From this statement many may have feared the worst regie excesses; however, much of Friday evening’s enjoyable performance by the Canadian Opera Company (reportedly revised from its earlier Toronto incarnation) proved to be safely unchallenging.   Read more »