by Richard Strauss (Canadian Opera Company. A woman must decide between her head and her heart in this opera sung in German with English surtitles. Opens Oct 5 and runs to Oct 28, see website for schedule. $22-$350.
Strausss last opera might have a bizarre, old-fashioned plot and initially unlikeable characters, but Tim Alberys production the first ever by the COC delivers a persuasive argument for it. A superb cast, headed by Erin Wall and Tomasz Konieczny, soars above the lush, textured harmonies, with the sumptuous sets, lighting and costumes evoking fin-de-siecle Viennese elegance.
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