Calgary once again offers three main stage performances. The season opens with Delibes’ Lakmé. It’s a Tom Diamond production so probably not very Regie. Aline Kutan, seen as Queen of the Night in Toronto not so long ago, sings the title role with Andrea Hill as her sidekick Mallika. Lakmé’s paramour, the handsome British officer Frederic, is sung by Canadian opera’s current answer to Rudolph Valentino, Cam McPhail. Gordon Gerrard conducts. There are three performances on November 21st, 25th and 27th.
Next up is Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt. This is billed as the Canadian premiere which surprises me having heard several bazillion versions of Marietta’s Lied and Pierrot’s Lied in recitals and song competitions. The cast includes Lyn Fortin, David Pomeroy and Brett Polegato. Kelly Robinson directs and the Venerable Bramwell Tovey conducts. Three performances on January 30th, February 3rd and 5th 2016.
The final main stage production is Mozart’s The Magic Flute in a production by Rob Herriot conducted by Robert Tweeten. Adam Luther and Shannon Mercer are the young lovers. Ambur Braid sings Queen of the Night (misspelt on the Calgary Opera website). Uwe Dambruch is Sarastro and Hugh Russell is Papageno. Three performances April 16th, 20th and 22nd 2016.
There’s also Opera in the Village in August featuring The Mikado and Dean Burry’s The Scorpion’s Sting plus assorted Christmas shenanigans. What’s puzzling me is where does resident conductor Topher Mokrzewski fit in?
Good on Calgary Opera with only three operas in their main stage season and two of them are relative rarities. I think they’re correct that this would be the first time Tote Stadt is being fully staged, with full orchestra in Canada. Opera in Concert did it a few seasons back, but as is usual, with piano accompaniment (excellent cast too with Joni Henson and Peter Barrett!). For the Lakme, you haven’t quite got it right with Cam McPhail’s role – Frederic is an officer friend of the main love interest, Gerald (a tenor) – looks like they haven’t cast that one yet. You know me, great lover of 19th-century French opera and all…the baritone, Frederic actually has one of the most lovely melodies in the whole opera. Looks like a great season and nice to see so many Canadians on the roster!
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