Three prominent new co-productions and the return of some of the Canadian Opera Company's all-time favourites are set for the Toronto-based company's stage this coming season.
COC general director Alexander Neef unveiled the 2014-2015 lineup during an evening event at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Wednesday evening.
"I'm particularly proud that the 2014-2015 season is comprised entirely of productions owned or co-owned by the COC. Our three new productions have been created with the world's best opera companies and the three revivals are essential pieces in the company’s history," Neef said.
"Ultimately, an all-COC season reflects the new artistic paradigm we're in, in the consistency and quality of our works."
The three new co-productions are:
- Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff, created with the U.K.'s Royal Opera House, Italy's Teatro alla Scala, New York's Metropolitan Opera and Netherlands Opera.
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni, directed by Moscow-born director Dmitri Tcherniakov and created with Spain's Teatro Real Madrid, France's Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Russia's Bolshoi Theatre.
- Gioacchino Rossini's The Barber of Seville, from Spanish theatre troupe Els Comediants and created with Houston Grand Opera, France's Opéra National de Bordeaux and Opera Australia.
One of the company's most beloved operas, the COC's version of Giacomo Puccini's tragic romance Madama Butterfly, is set to return, along with the critically acclaimed, Atom Egoyan-directed staging of Richard Wagner's Die Walkure.
Finally, Robert Lepage's internationally acclaimed double-bill of Bela Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle and Arnold Schoenberg's Erwartung — famed for its memorable, eye-popping on-stage scenery — will close the season.