An Update on the Canadian Opera Company’s Spring Season from COC General Director Alexander Neef
By Alexander Neef
Like all of you, we at the Canadian Opera Company have been closely monitoring the latest developments in the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is a heartbreaking situation to watch unfold, and I hope that everyone has been staying healthy and safe during this difficult time.
In 1839, a penniless young conductor and failing composer named Richard Wagner was on the run. With no income to pay off his growing debts, he fled from his creditors across the North Sea to London. While he didn’t remain in England long, it was this stormy sea voyage that sparked an idea for an opera that would mark a turning point in the composer’s career.