• Composer's Notes: HADRIAN's Rufus Wainwright

    By COC Staff
    Hadrian composer Rufus Wainwright

    In this issue of NOTES, we dive inside the mind of Hadrian composer Rufus Wainwright, ahead of the opera's world premiere on October 13.
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  • HADRIAN Synopsis and Librettist's Notes

    By Daniel MacIvor

    Thomas Hampson and Isaiah Bell rehearsing a scene from Hadrian, photo: Gaetz PhotographyThomas Hampson (Hadrian) and Isaiah Bell (Antinous) rehearsing a scene from Hadrian.


    Spoiler Alert: This synopsis reveals key plot elements.

    ACT I

    The last night of Hadrian’s life. In Tibur, outside Rome.

    Hadrian is gravely ill and grieving the death of his lover Antinous. After a year of preparations, Antinous’ body is to be entombed. Hadrian’s entourage feels Hadrian will die tonight, from either sickness or sadness.

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  • Director's Notes: EUGENE ONEGIN's Robert Carsen

    By COC Staff

    Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin, based on Pushkin’s verse novel of the same title, has come to represent Russian character and emotion at its most intense. When Michael Levine and I developed on our production for the Metropolitan Opera, we sought to find a poetic response to this most intensely subjective and emotive of operas.[READ MORE]
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