Le Nozze de Figaro, Opera Da Camera, Rialto Theatre
After months of anticipation and a week of hysterical weeping from the neighbours, we left to attend the opening of Opera da Camera’s first full production, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, at the Rialto on Friday. This is not a good theatre for opera, its acoustics are as successful as Greek government and significantly less loud, but its size worked to our advantage and the evening’s wrong notes faded into a glow of joy at close range.
La Chauve Souris by l’Opéra de Montréal, to Feb 2
I left Opéra de Montréal’s La Chauve Souris with a pleasant numbness caused not by the ketamine or another stroke—a “coup attempt” we call them in our house—but probably by a lack of serious stimulation. Strauss’s operetta is as determined as an ostrich with its head in the sand to avoid anything upsetting, and that’s okay, especially in late January.