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Windsor's Abridged Opera debuts this weekend

The brainchild behind Abridged Opera — Erin Armstrong — wants to flip people's stereotypical perceptions that operas are dense artistic material reserved for the elite.

City's first independent opera company gets big start Sunday

Alyssa Epp (left) and Erin Armstrong from Abridged Opera offer a sample of what's in store during their debut this weekend. (Dan Taekema/CBC Windsor)

Windsor's first independent opera company is preparing for its big debut this weekend.

The genius behind Abridged Opera — Erin Armstrong — wants to flip people's stereotypical perceptions that operas are dense artistic material reserved for the elite.

Armstrong said she was inspired while watching a performance of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare abridged and thought she could do something similar with opera.

Erin Armstrong and Alyssa Epp of Abridged Opera prepare for interview at CBC Windsor. 0:25

"It wasn't too heavy, it was easy to digest," she said.

The free performance, held in the auditorium at Walkerville Collegiate Institute on Sunday, launches the company's 2017 season. 

The show will include excerpts and scenes from five operas: 

  • Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Carmen by George Bizet
  • Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck 
  • Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss
  • The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten