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Pyramus and Thisbe ends Canadian Opera Company's new-opera drought

Pyramus and Thisbe ends Canadian Opera Company's new-opera drought

October 21, 2015
National

"It may be called the Canadian Opera Company, but the Toronto-based troupe hasn't premiered a new Canadian opera on its main stage in 16 years. That changes Tuesday night with the world premiere of Pyramus and Thisbe.

While most operas are commissioned works, Pyramus and Thisbe was composer Barbara Monk Feldman's labour of love written five years ago. The score was languishing in her desk at home when a friend suggested she send it to the COC.

"I wanted the opera, in a sense, to be a non-opera," Feldman told CBC News, referring to the production's sparse style and understated drama.

Drawing inspiration from Ovid's classical myth of star-crossed lovers who can only communicate through a crack in the wall that separates them, the 17th century painting Stormy Landscape with Pyramus and Thisbe by Nicolas Poussin, as well as the light and colour of her native Gaspé, Monk Feldman used music to tap into the characters' unconscious..."

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Related Composers: Barbara Monk Feldman