Opera Lyra’s Styles “Barber of Seville” to Speak to a Younger Crowd

Opera Lyra’s season opener might not win over opera traditionalists with their new production of The Barber of Seville. Rossini’s famed Spanish comedy has been removed entirely from its 18th century context and placed within a 1940s Seville film studio, which sometimes works in the libretto’s favour but other times it feels like an odd … Continue reading Opera Lyra’s Styles “Barber of Seville” to Speak to a Younger Crowd

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Opera Lyra Finishes Strong with “Figaro”

Opera Lyra is stepping out of the proverbial box next season by putting a modern spin on some classic operas, and they are giving us a little taste of what is to come with Mozart’s  The Marriage of Figaro currently playing until March 28th at National Art Centre’s Southam Hall. Traditionally set in Seville, Spain, … Continue reading Opera Lyra Finishes Strong with “Figaro”

Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre Reviews “The Magic Flute”!

Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre Reviews The Magic Flute! Brianna McFarlane This past month the New Ottawa Critics led another workshop in criticism for the youth theatre program at Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre, run by OttawaU alumni Ekaterina Vetrova. This time around we went to see Opera Lyra's production of The Magic Flute which was staged … Continue reading Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre Reviews “The Magic Flute”!

Madama Butterfly: Review

 Madama Butterfly: Review Brianna McFarlane           Sitting one hundred years from its inaugural premiere at the famed Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly presented by Opera Lyra (OL) returns to Southam Hall at the National Arts Centre here in Ottawa. This is not OL’s first time staging the popular opera, only this … Continue reading Madama Butterfly: Review