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Opera Lyra gets "sexy" with Fidelio set in an American jail in Iraq

Opera Lyra gets "sexy" with Fidelio set in an American jail in Iraq

February 18, 2015
National

"...Later in October, 2015, Opera Lyra will, with the Toronto company Essential Opera, present a double-bill of one-act operas. Etiquette by Monica Pearce imagines an evening with Miss Manners, Emily Post, the critic and satirist Dorothy Parker and Lady Nancy Astor, another social gadfly, in a debate about politeness and perfection against the realities of life. Regina by Elisha Denburg is based on the story of Regina Jonas and her quest to become a rabbi in Berlin in 1935. Her story is uncovered by a student and brought to light. The double-bill will take place Oct. 16, 17, 18 at Great Canadian Theatre Company.

“We have to do Canadian work and it’s very hard to get a Canadian opera on the main stage at the NAC. It’s just very expensive,” says Mallon. “This goes in hand with trying to reach a new generation of opera-goers. We have to give them options.” And the GCTC theatre is just the right size for that...."

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Related Composers: Elisha Denburg, Monica Pearce