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Oct
19
Fri
2018
Canadian Opera Company–Hadrian
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Emperor Hadrian is devastated after his lover Antinous drowns in the Nile River. While matters of state encroach on his grief, and advisors clamour for war against a radical new threat to the Empire, Hadrian slips out of time to re-encounter the vision and reality of Antinous—and learn the truth about what happened on the Nile.

This highly anticipated world premiere from composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor features the company debuts of opera legends Thomas Hampson and Karita Mattila, and is presented by the same creative team behind the COC’s 2017 production of Louis Riel.

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Pacific Opera Victoria– FIDELIO
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A woman risks everything to rescue her husband, a political prisoner.

Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio tells a story as eternal as tyranny and as powerful as love. It goes straight to the heart of what it means to be human.

A timeless call for human justice, this magnificent work expresses Beethoven’s heartfelt sense of the fragility of freedom and the necessity of hope – all with music of heart-stopping beauty.

Cast and Creative Team
Conductor: Timothy Vernon
Director: WIm Trompert
Designer: Nancy Bryant
Projection Designer: Monica Hernandez

Leonore: Aviva Fortunata
Florestan: Brent Turner
Don Pizarro: Peter McGillivray
Rocco: Brian Bannatyne-Scott
Jacquino: Owen McCausland
Don Fernando: Neil Craighead
Marcellina: Miriam Khalil
WIth the Victoria Symphony and the Pacific Opera Chorus

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Oct
20
Sat
2018
Met Opera Live in HD Cineplex– Samson et Dalila (First time in HD) @ HD-Cineplex
Oct 20 all-day

NEW PRODUCTION AND FIRST TIME IN HD

Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila stars Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna in the title roles; the pair was last seen together by HD audiences in the acclaimed 2010 transmission of Bizet’s Carmen. Sung in French with English subtitles.

CONDUCTOR
Sir Mark Elder

PRODUCTION
Darko Tresnjak

FEATURING
Elīna Garanča, Roberto Alagna

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CBC Radio 2 Saturday Afternoon at the Opera @ CBC Radio 2
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

October 20, 2018
Opera Director Keith Cerny presents Ariadne auf Naxos by R. Strauss
Deborah Voigt – Primadonna/Ariadne
Anne Sofie von Otter – The Composer
Natalie Dessay – Zerbinetta
Ben Heppner – Bacchus
Albert Dohmen – A Music Teacher
Klaus Florian Vogt – An Officer
Staatskapelle Dresden
Giuseppe Sinopoli, conductor

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Opéra de Québec– Werther
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Considered as Massenet’s masterwork and his most intimate opera, Werther narrates the tormented journey of a hero plagued with unhappy love in which frenzied passions and sense of duty intertwine. Drawing its inspiration from Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, this work deeply rooted in its time nonetheless finds a powerful resonance in our own.

Set in the 1780s, the work begins with Christmas carols sung by the children of the Bailli de Wetzlar in the middle of July, and ends on Christmas Eve. Since her mother’s death, the eldest daughter, Charlotte, has been taking care of her brothers and sisters. Moved by this idyllic scene and the girl’s inherent kindness, the poet Werther becomes madly in love with her: she, however, has promised her dying mother to wed Albert and is keen on keeping her promise. Werther is overwhelmed with grief. Distressed by the young man’s despair, Charlotte reads once more the letters Werther has sent her and realizes that she loves him in return. Shaken by a sudden premonition, she goes to look for him and finds him mortally wounded. She confesses her love to him but it is too late: he dies in her arms, while in the distance Christmas carols are heard

Opéra de Québec chorus
L’Orchestre symphonique de Québec

A new and original Opéra de Québec production
Sung in the original French with French surtitles

 
Performers

Charlotte
Julie Boulianne
Mezzo-soprano

Werther
Antoine Bélanger
Tenor

Albert
Hugo Laporte
Baritone

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Canadian Opera Company– Eugene Onegin
Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Tatyana’s quiet existence is turned upside down with the arrival of the handsome and charismatic Onegin. Romantic fantasies burst into vivid reality, inspiring Tatyana’s famous letter, which Onegin arrogantly rejects. Years later, separated by time and circumstance, they are reunited for one final, explosive encounter.

Acclaimed for its beauty and elegant simplicity, this stunning production, originally created for the Metropolitan Opera, is directed by Robert Carsen and designed by Michael Levine, two Canadian visionaries of the opera stage.

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Vancouver Opera– The Merry Widow
Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Get ready to indulge in the Viennese torte known as Franz Lehár’sThe Merry Widow (Die Lustige Witwe) in this wonderfully lavish Art Nouveau production directed by Canadian Kelly Robinson (last at Vancouver Opera as director of the hit production of Evita). Set in the heart of vibrant fin de siècle Paris, the wealthy widow, Hanna Glawari, sung by Italian-Canadian Lucia Cesaroni, schemes to win the heart of dashingly handsome Count Danilo, interpreted here by tenor John Cudia, recently at VO as Cassio in Verdi’s Otello. 

The story unfolds on a stage packed with elegant ladies, eligible bachelors, and Maxim’s famous can-can dancers. Franz Lehár’s charming score, last performed at VO in 1990, is filled with lush waltzes and ballads. Susan Memmott-Allred’s costumes and Michael Yeargan’s sets evoke the Belle Epoque period with winning style. Rising star conductor Ward Stare will direct the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.

Sung in German with English dialogue and English SURTITLES™

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Edmonton Opera– La Traviata
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Follow the rise and fall of a star in Verdi’s grand romantic masterpiece La Traviata. Soprano Laquita Mitchell performs the iconic title role of Violetta, a famous Parisian courtesan who is consumed both by passion and a life-threatening illness. When she meets a handsome young noble named Alfredo, Violetta believes their love can triumph over the forces that threaten to tear them apart. Violetta, however, has only one inescapable fate — as La Traviata, the fallen woman.

In a historic first, our new production is co-commissioned by five of Canada’s leading opera companies, bringing a level of spectacle and artistry that will match the grandeur of Verdi’s music. With timeless favourites such as ‘Brindisi’ (the drinking song) and ‘Sempre libera’, La Traviata is a cornerstone of the operatic repertoire that cannot be missed!

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Oct
21
Sun
2018
Canadian Opera Company–Hadrian
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Emperor Hadrian is devastated after his lover Antinous drowns in the Nile River. While matters of state encroach on his grief, and advisors clamour for war against a radical new threat to the Empire, Hadrian slips out of time to reencounter the vision and reality of Antinous—and learn the truth about what happened on the Nile.

This highly anticipated world premiere from composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor features the company debuts of opera legends Thomas Hampson and Karita Mattila, and is presented by the same creative team behind the COC’s 2017 production of Louis Riel.

For more information and tickets

Pacific Opera Victoria– FIDELIO
Oct 21 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

A woman risks everything to rescue her husband, a political prisoner.

Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio tells a story as eternal as tyranny and as powerful as love. It goes straight to the heart of what it means to be human.

A timeless call for human justice, this magnificent work expresses Beethoven’s heartfelt sense of the fragility of freedom and the necessity of hope – all with music of heart-stopping beauty.

Cast and Creative Team
Conductor: Timothy Vernon
Director: WIm Trompert
Designer: Nancy Bryant
Projection Designer: Monica Hernandez

Leonore: Aviva Fortunata
Florestan: Brent Turner
Don Pizarro: Peter McGillivray
Rocco: Brian Bannatyne-Scott
Jacquino: Owen McCausland
Don Fernando: Neil Craighead
Marcellina: Miriam Khalil
WIth the Victoria Symphony and the Pacific Opera Chorus

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VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert–A Tribute to Stuart Hamilton, COMEDY UNBOUND!
Oct 21 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Endearingly known as Stuartissimo!, the moniker paid tribute to his grand contribution to the vocal arts in Canada and his penchant for humour. We sing – and laugh! – in memory of Stuart Hamilton, his genius and his legacy.

Featuring
Michael Rose, Music Director and Pianist
Robert Cooper, Chorus Director
Evan Korbut
Holly Chaplin
Jocelyn Fralick
Guillermo Silva-Marin 

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Oct
23
Tue
2018
Canadian Opera Company–Hadrian
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Emperor Hadrian is devastated after his lover Antinous drowns in the Nile River. While matters of state encroach on his grief, and advisors clamour for war against a radical new threat to the Empire, Hadrian slips out of time to re-encounter the vision and reality of Antinous—and learn the truth about what happened on the Nile.

This highly anticipated world premiere from composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor features the company debuts of opera legends Thomas Hampson and Karita Mattila, and is presented by the same creative team behind the COC’s 2017 production of Louis Riel.

More information and tickets

Edmonton Opera– La Traviata
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Follow the rise and fall of a star in Verdi’s grand romantic masterpiece La Traviata. Soprano Laquita Mitchell performs the iconic title role of Violetta, a famous Parisian courtesan who is consumed both by passion and a life-threatening illness. When she meets a handsome young noble named Alfredo, Violetta believes their love can triumph over the forces that threaten to tear them apart. Violetta, however, has only one inescapable fate — as La Traviata, the fallen woman.

In a historic first, our new production is co-commissioned by five of Canada’s leading opera companies, bringing a level of spectacle and artistry that will match the grandeur of Verdi’s music. With timeless favourites such as ‘Brindisi’ (the drinking song) and ‘Sempre libera’, La Traviata is a cornerstone of the operatic repertoire that cannot be missed!

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Jeunesses Musicales du Canada–La belle Hélène
Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

When the goddess Venus promises Paris the love of Helen, the ravishing queen of Sparta, he shows little consideration for the fact that she is already married to King Menelas. This famous comic opera in three acts describes the zany strategies used by Paris to win Helen over, as well as Helen’s timid attempts at resisting the seductive prince’s advances. Directed by Alain Gauthier and featuring a cast made up of the best young opera talent in the country, La belle Hélène is full of humour, plot twists, and wit.

ARTISTS

PÂRIS
Mathieu Abel, tenor

HÉLÈNE
Maude Côté-Gendron, mezzo-soprano

ORESTE
Charlotte Gagnon, mezzo-soprano

CALCHAS
David Turcotte, bass-baritone

AGAMEMNON
Dominic Veilleux, baritone

MÉNÉLAS
Richard-Nicolas Villeneuve, tenor

Bryce Lansdell, piano

CREATIVE TEAM
STAGE DIRECTION
Alain Gauthier

MUSICAL DIRECTION
Louise-Andrée Baril

COSTUME, SET & PROP DESIGN
Pierre-Luc Boudreau

LIGHTING DESIGN & TECHNICAL DIRECTION
Pauline Schwab

MAKEUP DESIGN
Élène Pearson

STAGE DIRECTION ASSISTANT AND STAGE MANAGEMENT
Chloé Ekker

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Opéra de Québec– Werther
Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Considered as Massenet’s masterwork and his most intimate opera, Werther narrates the tormented journey of a hero plagued with unhappy love in which frenzied passions and sense of duty intertwine. Drawing its inspiration from Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, this work deeply rooted in its time nonetheless finds a powerful resonance in our own.

Set in the 1780s, the work begins with Christmas carols sung by the children of the Bailli de Wetzlar in the middle of July, and ends on Christmas Eve. Since her mother’s death, the eldest daughter, Charlotte, has been taking care of her brothers and sisters. Moved by this idyllic scene and the girl’s inherent kindness, the poet Werther becomes madly in love with her: she, however, has promised her dying mother to wed Albert and is keen on keeping her promise. Werther is overwhelmed with grief. Distressed by the young man’s despair, Charlotte reads once more the letters Werther has sent her and realizes that she loves him in return. Shaken by a sudden premonition, she goes to look for him and finds him mortally wounded. She confesses her love to him but it is too late: he dies in her arms, while in the distance Christmas carols are heard

Opéra de Québec chorus
L’Orchestre symphonique de Québec

A new and original Opéra de Québec production
Sung in the original French with French surtitles

Performers

Charlotte
Julie Boulianne
Mezzo-soprano

Werther
Antoine Bélanger
Tenor

Albert
Hugo Laporte
Baritone

For more information and tickets

Oct
24
Wed
2018
Jeunesses Musicales du Canada–La belle Hélène
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

When the goddess Venus promises Paris the love of Helen, the ravishing queen of Sparta, he shows little consideration for the fact that she is already married to King Menelas. This famous comic opera in three acts describes the zany strategies used by Paris to win Helen over, as well as Helen’s timid attempts at resisting the seductive prince’s advances. Directed by Alain Gauthier and featuring a cast made up of the best young opera talent in the country, La belle Hélène is full of humour, plot twists, and wit.

ARTISTS

PÂRIS
Mathieu Abel, tenor

HÉLÈNE
Maude Côté-Gendron, mezzo-soprano

ORESTE
Charlotte Gagnon, mezzo-soprano

CALCHAS
David Turcotte, bass-baritone

AGAMEMNON
Dominic Veilleux, baritone

MÉNÉLAS
Richard-Nicolas Villeneuve, tenor

Bryce Lansdell, piano

CREATIVE TEAM
STAGE DIRECTION
Alain Gauthier

MUSICAL DIRECTION
Louise-Andrée Baril

COSTUME, SET & PROP DESIGN
Pierre-Luc Boudreau

LIGHTING DESIGN & TECHNICAL DIRECTION
Pauline Schwab

MAKEUP DESIGN
Élène Pearson

STAGE DIRECTION ASSISTANT AND STAGE MANAGEMENT
Chloé Ekker

For more information and tickets