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Opera review: The Auction fits into its Westben festival setting like a rooster on a fencepost

Opera review: The Auction fits into its Westben festival setting like a rooster on a fencepost

June 29, 2012
Ontario

"It’s mystifying that one has to leave Toronto in order to see the premiere of a new, full-length Canadian opera.

We’re lucky that Westben festival co-founders Brian Finley and Donna Bennett have had the courage to take the risk, because The Auction, a two-hour, two-act opera by composer John Burge and librettist Eugene Benson, is getting a fine start in life.

Benson based his libretto on a Canadian children’s book of the same title by Jan Andrews. You’d never know the story was published in 1990, because it as well as the opera have a sweet, timeless, Norman Rockwell, Laura Ingalls, goodnight-John-Boy quality.."

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Related Composers: John Burge