Canadian Opera Company presents a modernized version of the Brothers Grimm fairytale in an all-ages production by Engelbert Humperdinck. Feb 6-21, see website for schedule. $35-$350.
New COC co-production with the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
Nominally set in an apartment block on the outskirts of Toronto, Joel Ivanys colourful production of the all-ages opera begins well but soon collapses into incoherence. The singing and conducting are fine especially that enchanting act one prayer scene but the concept, set and projections are distracting, inconsistent and nonsensical. The potentially sweet tale leaves a strange aftertaste.
NN (Glenn Sumi)
Location - Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts