Friday, February 17, 2012

News: (Victoria) Pacific Opera announces new season

As they prepare to climb into their latest production, Carmen, Pacific Opera has announced its plans for the 2012-13 season.

Along with some standard-issue regional house content (Tosca), the company is taking a couple of interesting chances with Verdi's lesser performed Macbeth and a light-hearted gem from the Benjamin Britten opus, Albert Herring.

Britten's masterworks are decidedly unpleasant - Peter Grimes, Billy Budd, Death in Venice and Rape of Lucretia to name some - Herring, however, is an operatic romp. The Verdi, featuring a rousing battle chorus toward the end and a mad scene worthy of Donizetti, tends to surprise audiences who are used to the tune-laden works of the composer; the piece is decidedly more dark and text-driven. However, the company is good about taking chances - notably this very season with new works like Mary's Wedding and the less-performed Donizetti bel canto Maria Stuarda. (GLC)

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