Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Arrigo Boito
Based on the tragedy Othello by William Shakespeare
October 15, 17, 23, 2015, at 8 pm
Wednesday, October 21, at 7 pm
Sunday, October 25, at 2:30 pm
Man is the fool of fortune ...
Death is nothingness, Heaven an old wives' tale.
Otello is an illustrious general with an adoring wife, until Iago, driven by hatred and malign nihilism, sets out to destroy him and tear apart his marriage. With insinuation and lies, with perfect malevolence and false kindness, Iago plays on his general's vulnerability until Otello can trust nothing he sees or hears. We want to cry out Stop! But the tragedy unfolds inexorably, and a love born in hope spirals into violence and desolation.
In his monumental adaptation of Shakespeare's iconic play, Verdi distills poetry into music, creating a tragedy to make heaven weep.
A co-production with Opéra de Montréal
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Based on the play Le Barbier de Séville by Pierre Beaumarchais
February 11, 13, 19, 2016, at 8 pm
Wednesday, February 17, at 7 pm
Sunday, February 21, at 2:30 pm
What on earth is all this love which makes everyone go mad?
Rosina and Almaviva and definitely not star-crossed lovers. They have fallen in love at first sight and will allow nothing to stop them from getting married. With a little help from the busybody Figaro, they devise an arsenal of tricks to outwit Rosina's guardian, who has designs on her himself. The enterprising trio proves that the road to true love is paved with theft, lies, bribery, brawling – and wicked comedy.
With its byzantine plot twists and irresistible, earworm-inducing music, Rossini's rollicking farce is an exuberant conspiracy on behalf of youth, hope, and the delirious joy of first love.
Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto adapted by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears from William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream
April 14, 16, 22, 2016, at 8 pm
Sunday, April 24, at 2:30 pm
Hand in hand, with fairy grace, Will we sing, and bless this place.
A spat between the king and queen of fairies spills into the human realm, creating a tangle of misdirected spells and misplaced love affairs. Sweethearts fall in and out of love with neither rhyme or reason, bumbling rustics try their hands at amateur theatricals with side-splitting results, and the fairies spread accidental chaos far and wide. Nothing is what it seems in this enchanting collision of worlds, as fairies, countryfolk, and moonstruck young lovers spin through a single magical night.
With Shakespeare's language and Britten's tone painting, this edgy fantasy is at once ethereal and hilariously down to earth.