Canadian Opera Company’s 2010/2011 Season

The Canadian Opera Company has announced an interesting season that I’m sure will be filled with all sorts of ups, downs, and in betweens.  Retaining its very fine chorus and well-tempered orchestra, the company has staged some exciting productions in the past years.  A bright light for opera in Canada, its new home at the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts has provided a permanent home for opera goers and sales have increased dramatically in the past several years.  Although the COC seems to be bringing some bigger name artists and moving away from the infiltration of Russian singers that had been brought into the mix by the late Richard Bradshaw, the casting directors are still not taking advantage of the current trend of casting whatever voice in whatever role. The COC should be trying to find Italian voices for Italian operas and cast more Germanic ones for the German rep; in other words, try to create as much authenticity as possible.  As of late, the German repertoire has been very well performed at the COC, but the Italian repertoire continues to suffer because it is not stylistically nor aesthetically accurate, an unfortunate circumstance since the orchestra and chorus are actually quite wonderful. Hopefully, the drought in aesthetic singing will finally hit a boiling point and instigate directors to pay attention to these details for future seasons.

Several Canadians return home this season, and also some new voices make appearances at the COC for the first time.  In my opinion, the staple of the company, however, is Sandra Horst, the chorus director who continues to produce a musically sound and effective chorus, no matter the production.  Kudos to her and here’s to the upcoming season.

Aida: Giuseppe Verdi:

October 2-November 5, 2010.

Cast and Creative Team:

Aida: Sondra Radvanovsky (Oct. 2, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18)
Michele Capalbo (Oct. 21, 24, 27, 30, Nov. 2, 5)

Radames: Rosario La Spina

Amneris: Jill Grove

Amonasro: Scott Hendricks

Ramfis: Philip Ens

King of Egypt: Alain Coulombe

Creative Team:

Conductor: Johannes Debus (Oct. 2, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, Nov. 2, 5)
Derek Bate (Oct. 24, 27, 30)

Director: Tim Albery

Set Designer: Hildegard Bechtler

Costume Designer: Jon Morrell

Choreographer: Laila Diallo

Lighting Designer: Thomas C. Hase

Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

Death in Venice: Benjamin Brittan

Oct. 16, 2010-Nov. 6, 2010

Cast and Creative Team:

Gustav von Aschenbach: Alan Oke

The Traveller: Peter Savidge

Apollo: William Towers

Creative Team

Conductor: Steuart Bedford

Director: Yoshi Oida

Set Designer: Tom Schenk

Costume Designer: Richard Hudson

Associate Director: Robert Kearley

Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

The Magic Flute: W.A. Mozart

Jan. 29, 2011-Feb. 25, 2011

Cast and Creative Team:


Tamino: Michael Schade (Jan. 29, Feb. 1, 3, 6, 8, 12, 16, 18)
Frédéric Antoun (Feb. 10, 20, 23, 25)

Papageno: Rodion Pogossov

Queen of the Night: Aline Kutan

Pamina: Isabel Bayrakdarian (Jan. 29, Feb. 1, 3, 6, 8, 12, 16, 18)
Simone Osborne (Feb. 10, 20, 23, 25)

Sarastro: Mikhail Petrenko

Papagena: Lisa DiMaria

Speaker of the Temple: Robert Gleadow

Conductor: Johannes Debus

Director: Diane Paulus

Set and Costume Designer: Myung Hee Cho

Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

Nixon in China: John Adams

Feb. 5, 2011-Feb. 26, 2011

Cast and Creative Team:

Chou En-lai: Chen-Ye Yuan

Richard Nixon: Robert Orth

Henry Kissinger: Thomas Hammons

Mao Tse-tung: Adrian Thompson

Pat Nixon: Maria Kanyova

Madame Mao: Tracy Dahl

Conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado

Director: James Robinson

Set Designer: Allen Moyer

Costume Designer: James Schuette

Choreographer: Sean Curran

Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

La Cenerentola: Gioacchino Rossini

Apr. 23, 2011-May 5, 2011

Angelina (Cenerentola): Elizabeth DeShong

Don Ramiro: Lawrence Brownlee

Dandini: Brett Polegato

Don Magnifico: Donato DiStefano

Clorinda: Ileana Montalbetti

Tisbe: Rihab Chaieb

Alidoro: Kyle Ketelsen
Conductor: Leonardo Vordoni

Production Team: Els Comediants

Director: Joan Font

Set and Costume Designer: Joan Guillén

Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

Ariadne auf Naxos: R. Strauss

April 20-May 29, 2011

Cast and Creative Team

A Music Master: Richard Stilwell

The Composer: Alice Coote

The Tenor/Bacchus: Richard Margison

Zerbinetta: Jane Archibald

The Prima Donna/Ariadne: Adrianne Pieczonka

A Dancing Master: John Easterlin

Harlequin: Peter Barrett

Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis

Director: Neil Armfield

Set and Costume Designer: Dale Ferguson

Lighting Designer: Tim Mitchell

Orfeo ed Euridice: C.W. Gluck

May 8-28, 2011

Cast and Creative Team

Orfeo: Lawrence Zazzo

Euridice: Isabel Bayrakdarian

Amore: Ambur Braid

Creative Team

Conductor: Harry Bicket

Director: Robert Carsen

Set and Costume Designer: Tobias Hoheisel

Lighting Designers: Robert Carsen and Peter Van Praet

Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

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