The Lost Operas of Mozart / 2016
The Lost Operas of Mozart was presented on
27, 28 and 29 October 2016 at Christ Church Cathedral.
Click here to download the program.
In his early twenties, Mozart started three operas he never completed. Two are Italian comedies, and the third is a German Romance. Each was a tantalizing hint of what might have been. Each was the voice of Mozart himself.
In October 2016, City Opera Vancouver offered a Canadian event premiere: three forgotten operas in one evening of wonderful theatre, delightful music, and original exploration.
This re-construction was a Canadian first. In two acts and three hours, The Lost Operas of Mozart delighted, informed and enchanted. Stage direction and production concept was by Alan Corbishley, original script by Maria Reva, and the work set in our own time at the Gates of Limbo.
All of this was based on the original scholarship of Raphaël De Vos, John Drummond, Jane Oakshott, and Richard Rastall. We thank them all for permission kindly granted to use and adapt these materials.
We introduced Bramwell Tovey as The Impresario, joined by singers Robyn Driedger-Klassen, Elaina Moreau, Rose-Ellen Nichols, Frédérik Robert, Samuel Chan, Alan MacDonald, and Michael MacKinnon. Ines Ortner, costume and set design. John Webber, lighting design. Charles Barber, conductor.
Enjoy this 7-minute musical video outlining our project, The Lost Operas of Mozart. Edited by Adam Abrams; engineered and produced by Jaap Hamburger, Orange Music Inc. Excerpts courtesy of Universal Music Canada and Classic Produktion Osnabrück.
— Max Wyman