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AN OPERA FOR OUR TIME: HADRIAN CONFERENCE EXPLORES OPERA’S PLACE IN THE 21st CENTURYBy Public RelationsRead the PDF version here.Posted In Press Releases
Toronto – Tickets are now available for Hearing Hadrian: An Opera for Our Time, a conference on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Just one day after Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian, with libretto by Daniel MacIvor, receives its world premiere, the Canadian Opera Company will host a day-long series of panels and guest speakers dedicated to exploring the themes found in the opera and its broader operatic context.
Hearing Hadrian aims to bring the long-buried relationship between the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his lover, Antinous, to the forefront of public knowledge and discussion; it also examines Hadrian’s place within the larger context of 21st-century opera and queer storytelling. Who was Hadrian and what makes his story a timeless classic for a modern audience? What does it mean to write an opera in the 21st century? And how can traditional art forms, like opera, be reimagined to tell marginalized stories?Read more
“DRAMATICALLY ROMAN” - RUFUS WAINWRIGHT’S HADRIAN IS A BACCHANALIAN BANQUET OF SIGHT AND SOUNDBy Public RelationsPosted In Press Releases
Toronto – When the curtain rises for the Canadian Opera Company’s world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian on October 13, 2018 audience members will be the first to experience a sleek and provocative new work. The opera reunites the all-star creative team behind 2017’s Louis Riel, led by Canadian stage director Peter Hinton. With a libretto from Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor, Hadrian explores the life and legacy of the Roman emperor, in the wake of his young lover’s death. The production draws from a number of contemporary influences to transpose Hadrian and Antinous’ story from the pages of history to the here and now, driving home the enduring relevance of this epic, ancient love story. Hadrian runs for seven performances on October 13, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 2018.Read more
STARS COLLIDE IN WORLD PREMIERE OF RUFUS WAINWRIGHT’S HADRIAN AT THE CANADIAN OPERA COMPANYBy Public RelationsRead the PDF version here.Posted In Press Releases
Epic, historical gay love story attracts all-star cast
Toronto – On October 13, 2018, the Canadian Opera Company presents the highly anticipated world premiere of Hadrian by composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor. The opera recounts the epic love story of Roman Emperor Hadrian and his young lover, Antinous. Erased by history, their story is reclaimed for the 21st century by its creators in a star-studded production from renowned Canadian director Peter Hinton. Hadrian runs for seven performances on October 13, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 2018.Read more