(centre) Lucy Crowe as Iole and Richard Croft as Hyllus in the Canadian Opera Company/Lyric Opera of Chicago (LOC) co-production of Hercules, 2011, LOC. Photo: Dan Rest
Sold on Sellars
by Joel Ivany
Robert Carsen and Peter Sellars.
“Joel, it’s so good to see you, I hear you’re working on a fabulous production of Albert Herring, that’s incredible!” and then a genuine, warm hug.
I don’t need to give a background on who he is or what he has done. Simply Google his name or visit his Wikipedia page to learn about all of the major events and productions that he has created as one of Americas leading cultural figures.
As an observer, this is truly a wonderful opportunity. As an opera director, theatre director or movie director, once you define yourself and your work, you rarely have the opportunity to observe, and participate in another director’s rehearsal process. You’re on your own.
As my career continues to develop, I am fully aware of how special these moments are. To watch and interact with this opera’s highest level of interpreters is not only a masterclass in technique, but also a chance to ask questions and listen to stories; gifts that I am not taking for granted.
Peter Sellars has reminded me of this in a few short weeks.
The Canadian Opera Company production of Handel’s Hercules, directed by Peter Sellars, runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on April 5, 11, 15, 19, 24, 27, 30, 2014. Visit http://www.coc.ca for more information and tickets.