Raoul Bhaneja in Hamlet Solo
|Nicolas Mignard's portrait of Molière
Perhaps the most accessible of his operas, Wagner's The Flying Dutchman opens at the Pacific Opera in Victoria. The music is magnificent - from the overture, to the Spinners Chorus (often mockingly called 40 Fat Frauleins) to a double chorus of sailors (living and ghostly) - all the elements are there. However, POV is taking the controversial step of presenting the piece with two intermissions. Purists will scream: it is usually performed as a long one-act (2h30) with no intermissions.
Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, in Montreal, starts the party of their 60th season with a play by - who else? - Molière: L'École des femmes. Molière has been the company's bread and butter from the start and they are bound to go all out on this production. All we need to hear: the brilliant Claude Accolas is designing lights.