Russell Braun & Tamara Wilson

Russell Braun & Tamara Wilson

Russell Braun and Tamara Wilson
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Supporter Opening Night: Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at 7:30 P.M. ET
General Public Streaming: Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at 7:30 P.M. ET



The curtain rises on the magnificent Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts—Canada’s first and only purpose-built opera house—as we mark our artistic return to the stage. For the first time in 19 months, music fills the hall with a concert program of iconic arias and orchestral pieces from Bizet, Puccini, Verdi, and Wagner, among others.

Two of opera’s best-loved opera stars, baritone Russell Braun and soprano Tamara Wilson, reunite with the COC Music Director Johannes Debus and the COC Orchestra, presenting a carefully curated program that explores the vast spectrum of human experience and the vital spark of connection that the arts provide in a tumultuous and uncertain world.

This concert kicks off the COC’s A Season Like No Other, a first-of-its-kind streaming initiative making opera accessible for free to all Canadians, from coast to coast to coast.



Cast & Creative Team


Russell Braun, baritone
Tamara Wilson, soprano

Conductor: Johannes Debus
Lighting Designer: Daniele Guevara

With the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra



Program
Overture
La forza del destino
Giuseppe Verdi

“Dich, teure Halle”
Tannhäuser
Richard Wagner

“Tutto è deserto... Il balen del tuo sorriso”
Il Trovatore
Verdi

Entr’acte, Act III
Carmen
Georges Bizet

“Scintille, diamant”
The Tales of Hoffmann
Jacques Offenbach

“Ben io t’invenni… Anch’io dischiuso”
Nabucco
Giuseppe Verdi

Intermezzo, Act II
Adriana Lecouvreur
Francesco Cilea

“Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen”
Die tote Stadt
Erich Korngold

“Vissi d’arte”
Tosca
Giacomo Puccini

“Wie Todesahnung… O du, mein holder Abendstern”
Tannhäuser
Richard Wagner

“Tacea la notte placida… Di tale amor”
Il Trovatore
Giuseppe Verdi

Liebestod (“Mild und leise”)
Tristan und Isolde
Richard Wagner


The Story
The water nymph Rusalka has fallen in love – from afar – with a Prince. With the witch Ježibaba’s help, she takes on human form in exchange for her voice and with the threat that if she cannot attain and hold the Prince’s affection, they will both be cursed to eternal damnation. When he betrays her, it is Rusalka’s great love for him that overcomes the curse and – as he proclaims his love for her – gives him peace in death.


  • The water nymph Rusalka has fallen in love – from afar – with a Prince. With the witch Ježibaba’s help, she takes on human form in exchange for her voice and with the threat that if she cannot attain and hold the Prince’s affection, they will both be cursed to eternal damnation. When he betrays her, it is Rusalka’s great love for him that overcomes the curse and – as he proclaims his love for her – gives him peace in death.

2021/2022 season creative: BT/A

Russell Braun & Tamara Wilson

Russell Braun and Tamara Wilson
To

Supporter Opening Night: Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at 7:30 P.M. ET
General Public Streaming: Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at 7:30 P.M. ET



The curtain rises on the magnificent Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts—Canada’s first and only purpose-built opera house—as we mark our artistic return to the stage. For the first time in 19 months, music fills the hall with a concert program of iconic arias and orchestral pieces from Bizet, Puccini, Verdi, and Wagner, among others.

Two of opera’s best-loved opera stars, baritone Russell Braun and soprano Tamara Wilson, reunite with the COC Music Director Johannes Debus and the COC Orchestra, presenting a carefully curated program that explores the vast spectrum of human experience and the vital spark of connection that the arts provide in a tumultuous and uncertain world.

This concert kicks off the COC’s A Season Like No Other, a first-of-its-kind streaming initiative making opera accessible for free to all Canadians, from coast to coast to coast.



Cast & Creative Team


Russell Braun, baritone
Tamara Wilson, soprano

Conductor: Johannes Debus
Lighting Designer: Daniele Guevara

With the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra



Program
Overture
La forza del destino
Giuseppe Verdi

“Dich, teure Halle”
Tannhäuser
Richard Wagner

“Tutto è deserto... Il balen del tuo sorriso”
Il Trovatore
Verdi

Entr’acte, Act III
Carmen
Georges Bizet

“Scintille, diamant”
The Tales of Hoffmann
Jacques Offenbach

“Ben io t’invenni… Anch’io dischiuso”
Nabucco
Giuseppe Verdi

Intermezzo, Act II
Adriana Lecouvreur
Francesco Cilea

“Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen”
Die tote Stadt
Erich Korngold

“Vissi d’arte”
Tosca
Giacomo Puccini

“Wie Todesahnung… O du, mein holder Abendstern”
Tannhäuser
Richard Wagner

“Tacea la notte placida… Di tale amor”
Il Trovatore
Giuseppe Verdi

Liebestod (“Mild und leise”)
Tristan und Isolde
Richard Wagner

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