Share this article

print logo

Toronto threesome

For the first time, the Canadian Opera Company will be opening a season by staging three operas. They're three very different operas, too.

Bizet's "Carmen" is one of the world's most beloved operas, and no wonder. One of its first fans was Johannes Brahms, who went to see it again and again. It sizzles with life, intrigue and humanity, and it's drenched in the ambience of romantic Spain. The Toronto production stars Larissa Kostiuk as the fiery Carmen and Atilla B. Kiss as Don Jose, as well as Paula Szot as the Toreador Escamillo and Ana Ibarra as Micaela. Richard Bradshaw and Derek Bate both take a turn on the podium.

Verdi's love for Shakespeare radiates in some of his most famous operas, such as "Falstaff" and "Otello." The composer obviously had deep feelings for "Macbeth," a profound exploration of greed and its horrible consequences, and a first-class horror story as well. Conducted by Bradshaw, the COC's production features Pavlo Hunka and Vittorio Vitelli as Macbeth and Georgina Lukacs as Lady Macbeth. The cast also features Roger Honeywell and Christian Laurin.

This fall's third opera is Handel's "Rodelinda." Handel's operas, forgotten for centuries, are being dusted off all over the world to great acclaim. "Rodelinda," only recently recorded in its entirety for the first time, is a love story about a woman who clings to hope that her husband, an exile, is still alive. The opera stars Danielle de Niese in the title role, as well as Michael Colvin and Gerald Thompson.

"Macbeth" will be on stage today, Sunday and Wednesday.

"Carmen" continues Saturday, Tuesday, next Friday and Oct. 13, 15, 19, 21 and 23.

"Rodelinda" will be performed Oct. 18, 20, 22, 26, 28 and 30.

Performances take place in the Hummingbird Centre, 1 Front St. East, Toronto. For information, call (800) 250-4653.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

There are no comments - be the first to comment