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Tamara Wilson in Turandot, 2019

Photo by Michael Cooper

Robert Wilson's production is visually striking and well sung, but the performers are directed to be like automatons Read more

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Gerald Finley, Russell Thomas in Otello, COC 2019

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David Alden's staging of Verdi's dark masterpiece has a strong point of view and features thrilling performances Read more

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La Boheme, Canadian Opera Company, 2019

Photo by Michael Cooper

If you're new to opera or an aficionado, this handsome staging of Puccini's tearjerker will win you over Read more

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There are thrilling dramatic moments and lots of great singing, especially from Christine Goerke, Erin Wall and Wilhelm Schwinghammer, but not all of this revival works this time out. Read more

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Singer/songwriter's ambitious second opera lacks a heart and a consistent musical tone Read more

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Director Robert Carsen and designer Michael Levine's atmospheric staging takes its cues from Tchaikovsky's elegiac, melancholic score Read more

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The meandering libretto is a narrative mess of historically inaccurate melodrama, but the singers come through with regal performances Read more

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Michael Cooper

Robert Lepage's remount of his Stravinsky short works program features puppets, acrobats and 67 tons of water – this ain't your typical night at the opera Read more

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Michael Cooper

Wajdi Mouawad's well-intentioned production of the problematic Mozart opera adds layers of nuance – but also causes serious pacing issues Read more

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Despite some fine performances, Christopher Alden's Canadian Opera Company production is a cerebral affair that has as much passion as a sack of mud Read more

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Michael Cooper

Donizetti’s comic opera is undermined by an uneven cast and the relocation of the story from Europe to small-town Ontario Read more

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Michael Cooper

Canadian Opera Company's long overdue first production of Strauss's opera has a weird story, but its heart is in the right place Read more

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They’re web-savvy, cost-conscious, will travel the world to see shows... and they’re young Read more

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Adrianne Pieczonka and conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson soar in Puccini melodrama Read more

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Sophie I'Anson

Peter Hinton's direction gives the Harry Somers opera a cohesiveness, sense of purpose and a sensitivity to First Nations people omitted from the original production Read more

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Gotterdammerung

Michael Cooper

The fourth part of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle sets ruthless power against passionate love Read more

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Michael Cooper

The mostly Canadian cast delivers some sweet notes, but this production features odd inconsistencies Read more

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Ariodante

Michael Cooper

Handel’s gorgeous melodies and a sharp directorial vision combine for great theatre Read more

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Sondra Radvanovsky soars in Canadian Opera Company's must-see season opener Read more

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Here are some of the brilliant people who are coming soon to a stage near you. You'll definitely be talking about them during intermission. Read more

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    1255 – (foreground, kneeling) Raphael Weinstock as Bassa Selim, Jane Archibald as Konstanze and Mauro Peter as Belmonte; (background, kneeling) Claire de Sévigné as Blonde and Owen McCausland as Pedrillo in the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of The Abduction from the Seraglio, 2018. Conductor Johannes Debus, original director Wajdi Mouawad, revival director Valérie Nègre, set designer

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    Michael Cooper

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    17-18-03-MC-D-0377 – Anna Christy as Gilda and Roland Wood as Rigoletto in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Rigoletto, 2018. Conductor Stephen Lord, director Christopher Alden, set and costume designer Michael Levine, and lighting designer Duane Schuler. Photo: Michael Cooper

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    Michael Cooper

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    0840 – Adrianne Pieczonka as Tosca and Markus Marquardt as Scarpia in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Tosca, 2017. Conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson, director Paul Curran, set and costume designer Kevin Knight, and lighting designer David Martin Jacques. Photo: Michael Cooper

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    1272 – Russell Braun as Louis Riel in the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of Louis Riel, 2017. Conductor Johannes Debus, director Peter Hinton, set designer Michael Gianfrancesco, costume designer Gillian Gallow, lighting designer Bonnie Beecher, and choreographer Santee Smith. Photo: Sophie I'anson – coopershoots.com

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    0898 – (l-r) Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure as Father André, Everett Morrison as Wandering Spirit and Keith Klassen as Father Moulin in a scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of Louis Riel, 2017. Conductor Johannes Debus, director Peter Hinton, set designer Michael Gianfrancesco, costume designer Gillian Gallow, lighting designer Bonnie Beecher, and choreographer Santee Smith. Photo: Michael Cooper