2019 / 2020 Season
The power of Musical and Classic Theatre from the World’s Great Stages.
Introduced by David Langlois
2019 / 2020 Season
Monday, September 23 at 7.30 pm – Amazing Grace
Saturday, October 19 at 2 pm – Madama Butterfly, Royal Opera
Saturday, November 16 at 2.00 pm – The Tempest, Stratford
Saturday, December 7 at 2.00 pm – The Nutcracker, Bolshoi Ballet
2020 dates to come later
January, La Boheme, Royal Opera
February, Giselle, Royal Ballet
March, Otello, Royal Opera
STRATFORD – Whether or not intended, The Tempest (November 16) is generally interpreted as William Shakespeare’s valedictory to both his genius and his art. Perhaps Shakespeare intended Prospero as a theatrical alter ego, and the role continues to speak to actors who are drawing the curtain on distinguished careers. Christopher Plummer, who stars in a production that burst upon the Festival Theatre stage, insists that, even at 81, he has no intention of saying farewell to a career that is percolating along very well. Plummer, makes Prospero his own. From the moment he mounts the stage from the centre aisle of the auditorium, he quietly, unassumingly and assuredly builds a performance of strength that is finally commanding. Few actors speak the words of Shakespeare with such seemingly effortless eloquence and such quiet conviction. It is truly incantatory. Like all great actors, he makes everyone around him better. The rapport he establishes with Miranda has the intimacy of a real father and daughter. Audience members become domestic eavesdroppers.
Why do we show opera? Because it is unique in the theatre arts: comedy, tragedy, pathos, life, love, death, loss, passion, joy and anger – all in a single art form that comes closest to expressing pure emotion. The combination of dramatic narrative, stagecraft and music, and especially the range and vulnerability of the human voice, is unparalleled by any other. Come and share with us this most wonderful of human talents. David Langlois