Tag Archives: Johannes Debus

A Tale of Contradictions: Louis Riel at the COC

I attended the May 5th 2017 performance of the Canadian Opera Company‘s (COC) production of Louis Riel. The production stars Russell Braun as Louis Riel, Simone Osborne as Marguerite Riel, Allyson McHardy as Julie Riel, James Westman as Sir John … Continue reading

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Singers Shine in Götterdämmerung

I attended the February 17th, 2017 performance of Götterdämmerung at the Canadian Opera Company.  The production stars Christine Goerke (Brünnhilde), Andreas Schager (Siegfried), Ain Anger (Hagen), Martin Gantner (Gunther).  The production is conducted by the COC Music Director Johannes Debus, … Continue reading

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Siegfried a Hit and a Miss at the COC

On Sunday February 14th, 2016, I caught the last performance of Wagner’s Siegfried at the Canadian Opera Company (COC).  It was both breathtaking and disheartening. The production is by Canadian director François Girard with sets by Michael Levine. David Finn … Continue reading

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Canadian Opera Company Announces 2015-2016 Season

The Canadian Opera Company (COC) has announced its 2015-2016 season.  All performances will take place at their opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The season is a mix of familiar works, along with some less familiar … Continue reading

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Canadian Opera Company Announces New Season

The Canadian Opera Company (COC) has announced its 2014-15 season. The new season sees a reduction in the number of productions from seven operas to six.  three performances are new, while the other three are revivals.  Some are the COC’s … Continue reading

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Peter Grimes at the C.O.C.

I attended the October 11th performance of Peter Grimes by the Canadian Opera Company (C.O.C.)  The production is directed by Neil Armfield starring Ben Heppner (Peter Grimes), Ileana Montalbetti (Ellen Orford), Alan Held (Captain Balstrode), Jill Grove (Auntie), and Thomas … Continue reading

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Tristan Und Isolde at the C.O.C.

The Canadian Opera Company (C.O.C.) production of the Wagner’s Tristan Und Isolde is indeed splendid.  While I normally concerned about ‘new’ productions nowadays, this Tristan rises to the occasion, espcecially thanks to its cast which included Ben Heppner (Tristan), Melanie … Continue reading

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