Everything You Need to Know About Canadian Opera Company’s 2017-18 Season

By David Salazar

On Thursday, the Canadian Opera company has just announced its 2017-18 season which features six opera spanning from October 5, 2017 to May 26, 2018. The works selected for the new season feature mainly staples of the canonical repertoire though there is one rare work making an appearance this season. Jane Archibald is this season’s artist in residence.

The announcement was made at an event that invited subscribers to hear the unveiling.


Arabella opens the season on Oct. 5 and runs for seven performances through Oct. 28. Erin Wall stars in the main role, one which she last sang in 2014 at the Metropolitan Opera. She also sang it at Santa Fe Opera in 2012.

Tomasz Kniecsny will sing Mandryka with Archibald taking on Zdenka. Patrick Lange conducts a production directed by Tim Albery.

L’Elisir d’Amore

Donizetti’s classic comedy kicks off on Oct. 11 through Nov. 4. In total there are eight performances of the work. Andrew Haji plays Nemorino while Simone Osborne takes on Adina. Yves Abel will conduct.


Verdi’s famed opera makes a return to the season for a whopping 10 performances starting on Jan. 20 and ending on Feb. 23, 2018. Stephen Costello and Joshua Guerrero will alternate the role of the Duke of Mantua while Anna Christy plays Gilda to Roland Wood’s Rigoletto. Stephen Lord conducts a production by Christopher Alden.

The Abduction from the Seralgio

Mozart’s singspiel starts on Feb. 7 and ends its run of seven performances on the 24th of the same month. Archibald stars as Konstanze, a role that she has performed in seven different runs since 2012. She has not performed any other role more times in that span.

Joining her are Mauro Peter as Belmont, Claire de Sévigné as Blonde, Owen McCausland as Pedrillo and Goran Jurić as Osmin. Johannes Debus conducts.

The Nightingale and Other Short Fables

Stravinsky’s rare work gets nine performances starting on April 13 and ending on May 19. Archibald plays the Nightingale, Owen McCausland sings the Fisherman, Christian Van Horn takes on the Emperor and Meredith Arwady plays Death. Johannes Debus conducts a production by Robert Lepage.

Anna Bolena

On April 28, audiences will be treated to Sondra Radvanovsky’s fascinating Anna Bolena, a role for which she won great acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera. The run lasts through May 26, 2018, a total of nine performances. Eric Owens sings Enrico, Keri Alkema sings Giovanna and Bruce Sledge takes on Riccardo Percy. Corrado Rovaris conducts.