Canadian Opera Company


Performance | Spectacle

Toronto ON
April 5-30 avril 2014
5 @ 4:30 | 16:30, 27 @ 2:00 | 14:00, 11,15,19, 24, 30 @ 7:30 | 19:30,

Four Seasons Centre
145 Queen St. W
416-345-9595; 1-866-345-9595 
$12 - $332

One of the most innovative and powerful forces in the performing arts world today, director Peter Sellars returns to the Canadian Opera Company with an already acclaimed new COC production of George Frederic Handel’s Hercules, based on Sophocles’ timeless tragedy. Sellars propels the Greek myth of Hercules into the modern day, directing the same star-studded cast that premiered this production to unanimous praise at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2011: American bass-baritone Eric Owens as Hercules (COC debut); British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Hercules’ wife Dejanira; American countertenor David Daniels as Hercules’ trusted aide, Lichas; American tenor Richard Croft as Hercules’ son, Hyllus; and British soprano Lucy Crowe  as the princess Iole (COC debut). Internationally renowned Baroque specialist Harry Bicket leads the COC Orchestra and Chorus through Handel’s glorious music. The ancient Greek tragedian Sophocles was also a war general who knew first-hand the devastating psychological traumas facing returning veterans. With Hercules Sellars creates a healing work in which the untold horrors of war and the unspoken complications of reunion find their voice.

International Dance Day is April 29 ~ 

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