In this picture-book-pretty production, Simone McIntosh’s mezzo soprano sails into some dazzling acrobatics for the punishing final aria, while prince Charles Sy shows off a bright and flowing bel canto tenor.
With gifted actor-singers, swirling dance numbers, and ornate Art Nouveau sets, the operetta invites you to time-travel to turn-of-the-last-century Europe—complete with its mannerisms and upper-class concerns.
By embracing the opera's multicultural roots, the Montreal creative team of director Renaud Doucet and set designer André Barbe avoid the pitfalls of the dated “Orientalism” of composer Giacomo Puccini’s time.
The Georgia Straight: A 50th Anniversary Celebration Book
This beautifully produced coffee-table book brings together over 100 of Georgia Straight's iconic covers, along with short essays, insider details and contributor reflections, putting each of these issues of the publication into its historical context.