by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Canadian Opera Company). Russian opera based on Alexander Pushkin’s novel-in-verse. Performed in Russian w/ English surtitles. Opens Sep 30 and runs to Nov 3, see website for times. $35-$250 (Grand Ring $290-$350).
Director Robert Carsen and designer Michael Levines stunning production of Tchaikovskys tragic opera has an elegiac, autumnal feel thats perfectly suited to the material. Conductor Johannes Debus and the COC orchestra wring lots of emotion from the score, and the cast, headed by the graceful Joyce El-Khoury and star-in-the-making Gordon Bintner, heat up the stage with their impassioned voices and persuasive performances.
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Location - Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts