So you’ve seen the Magic Flute, know all the words to Don Giovanni, and spent long evenings personally translating the Marriage of Figaro. By now, you’re pretty confident you know Mozart—but the City Opera Vancouver begs to differ.
In his early twenties, Mozart began three works that he never completed. Laying down his quill prematurely, the prodigy only composed parts of two Italian comedies—Lo Sposo Deluso and L’Oca del Cairo—and half of a German singspiel named Zaïde.
Tying these three pieces into a cohesive narrative, the City Opera Vancouver is singlehandedly rescuing Mozart’s “lost” operas. Writer Maria Reva has created a new story that binds the different works together to tell the tale of tortured souls at the gates of Limbo. Updating the composer’s opus into a crisp and fluid tale that resonates with contemporary audiences, the City Opera Vancouver continues its tradition of innovating performance by setting the piece in the 21st Century.
“We are proud to offer our first comedy; our first production at Christ Church Cathedral; the first appearance of Bramwell Tovey in an opera; and the first Vancouver re-construction of three operas Mozart began, but never finished,” said Janet Lea, President of City Opera Vancouver, in a press release.
Staged in a space that perfectly conjures Limbo, “it is a comedy that offers zany stories, wonderful characters, Mozart’s music and gender politics, and suspense," she continues. "No one has seen anything like this before."
Tickets for The Lost Operas of Mozart go on sale Thursday (September 1) and can be purchased online at lostoperas.brownpapertickets.com, in person at Sikora's Classical Records, 432 West Hastings, and at the door. More information can be found at www.cityoperavancouver.com.
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