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
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! 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”!
The Magic Flute: A Review in Images Savva, Age 9 Not long ago I saw an opera play called The Magic Flute, presented by Opera Lyra, at Arts Court Theatre The play is about a world that split in two – a Moon Planet and a Sun Planet. The first is ruled by an evil … Continue reading The Magic Flute: A Review in Images
An Opera for All Ages: The Magic Flute Review Aliza, Age 15 An opera can sometimes be hard to understand since it’s usually sung in a foreign language and craning your neck to read subtitles doesn’t always make things any easier, so I was excited when I heard I would be able to see … Continue reading An Opera for All Ages: “The Magic Flute” Review
The Magic Flute Review Anastasiya, Age 10 It was the first of November in the Ottawa Art Gallery and I was watching The Magic Flute, an opera composed by Mozart and presented to us that day by Opera Lyra. The tale takes place in outer space a long time ago. There are two planets: the … Continue reading “The Magic Flute” Review
The Magic Flute Review: A Magical Flute Indeed! Misha Tsirlin, age 14 What is magic? Not the rabbit-in-the-hat magic, but true magic? Magic is a kind of energy, created or emitted by people or objects, and is used to create somethingwonderous. More than that it is used to create something with meaning; something that comes … Continue reading A Magical Flute Indeed!
A Less Than Stellar Magic Flute Anonymous*, Age 15 The space age adaptation of The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart and presented by Opera Lyra at the Almonte Old Town Hall, is best appreciated as a fitting introduction to opera for young children. Oversimplified and sugared up, however, it was not satisfying fare for the … Continue reading A Less Than Stellar Magic Flute
Tosca: Dark Drama Done Right Brianna McFarlane If I had to pick only one reason why I enjoy going to watch live opera it would have to be for the chills. Opera is one of the only dramatic forms in which I gauge how much I like a show vis a vis the number of … Continue reading Tosca: Dark Drama Done Right
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