The Lost Operas of Mozart
City Opera Vancouver presents The Lost Operas of Mozart: music no one knows, from the best-known composer in the world.
We are proud to offer our first comedy. Our first production at Christ Church Cathedral. The first appearance of Bramwell Tovey in an opera. And the first Vancouver re-construction of three operas Mozart began, but never finished, said Janet Lea, President of City Opera.
Two are unfinished Italian comedies, Lo sposo deluso and Loca del Cairo. The third is Zaïde, a German romance. All have been linked in a new story written by Maria Reva. The music is wonderful, witty, and unique. It is all Mozart, and Mozart you have never heard before. Our reconstruction takes place in the 21st Century.
An Impresario is sitting in a darkened space, considering his next project. To his astonishment, the Gates of Limbo open before him. Out come spirits, lost souls who have been waiting 200 years for Mozart to finish his work. They beg the producer for a chance to be born, and to sing. They have been practicing, and squabbling, and dealing with abandonment issues for two centuries. The Impresario agrees but on one condition.
The Lost Operas of Mozart is staged, with orchestra and dazzling costumes, in a space that perfectly conjures Limbo, added Lea. It is a comedy that offers zany stories, wonderful characters, Mozarts music, gender politics, and suspense. No one has seen anything like this before.
This is precisely the kind of inspirational thinking that is establishing City Opera as such an essential thread in Vancouvers (and Canadas) cultural fabric. Three lost bites of Mozart, rethought for modern audiences and packaged into a single evening it promises to be a revelation and an inspiration filled with unexpected delights. Bravo to City Opera: an irresistible force of vitality and enlightenment. --- Max Wyman
Robyn Driedger-Klassen, soprano
Elaina Moreau, soprano
Rose-Ellen Nichols, mezzo
Frédérik Robert, tenor
Samuel Chan, bari-tenor
Alan MacDonald, baritone
Michael MacKinnon, bass
and introducing Bramwell Tovey as The Impresario
Janet Lea, Nora Kelly co-producers
Alan Corbishley stage director
Charles Barber music director and conductor
Maria Reva original script
Ines Ortner costume design
John Webber lighting design
Jayson McLean production manager
Sara Bailey marketing and programme design
Marnie Wilson publicity
David Boothroyd principal coach
Roger Parton rehearsal pianist
Cathleen Gingrich General Manager, City Opera Vancouver
We gratefully acknowledge the support of
The Canada Council The BC Arts Council BC Gaming City of Vancouver Cultural Services The Hamber Foundation The McLean Foundation R & J Stern Family Foundation Telus Christ Church Cathedral and numerous private donors
Christ Church Cathedral (View)
690 Burrard St
Vancouver, BC V6C 2L1
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