The Lost Operas of Mozart

with City Opera Vancouver

October 2016

Review: Opera Canada

In his early twenties, Mozart started three operas he never completed. Two are Italian comedies, and the third is a German Romance. Each was a tantalizing hint of what might have been. Each was the voice of Mozart himself.

In October 2016, City Opera Vancouver offered a Canadian event premiere: three forgotten operas in one evening of wonderful theatre, delightful music, and original exploration.

This re-construction was a Canadian first. In two acts and three hours, The Lost Operas of Mozart delighted, informed and enchanted. Stage direction and production concept was by Alan Corbishley, original script by Maria Reva, and the work set in our own time at the Gates of Limbo.

We introduced Bramwell Tovey as The Impresario, joined by singers Robyn Driedger-Klassen, Elaina Moreau, Rose-Ellen Nichols, Frédérik Robert, Samuel Chan, Alan MacDonald, and Michael MacKinnon. Ines Ortner, costume and set design. John Webber, lighting design. Charles Barber, conductor.

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