The Opéra de Marseilles production of Trovatore coming to COC (photo credit: Chistian Dresse)
Canadian opera companies stick to crowd-pleasing Italian masterpieces to anchor their 2012-2013 seasons
By Richard Burnett
The Opéra de Quebec presents two operas this season, Guiseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, (Oct 20 – 27), and La Vie parisienne by Jacques Offenbach (May 11 – 18, 2013). Both productions will feasture Le Chœur de l’Opéra de Québec and L’Orchestre symphonique de Québec, and La Vie parisienne will feature renowned tenor Marc Hervieux as Baron de Gondremarck
For their 2012-2013 season, British Columbia’s Pacific Opera Victoria – who boast they are “the only major opera company in Canada to build its own sets exclusively” – will present three productions: Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth (Oct. 4 – 14); Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring (Feb 7 – 17, 2013); and Giacomo Puccini’s powerful soap opera Tosca (Apr 4 – 14, 2013).
Meanwhile, over in Saskatchewan, the Saskatoon Opera has not yet posted their 2012-2013 season on their website.