Sondra Radvanovsky, J’Nai Bridges, Michael Fabiano Headline Canadian Opera Company’s 2020-21 Season

By David Salazar

The Canadian Opera Company has announced its 2020-21 season, which will feature six operas and some special events.

The season opens with François Girard’s famed production of Wagner’s “Parsifal.” Christopher Ventris and Vikor Antipenko will alternate the title role with Johan Reuter as Amfortas and Tanja Ariane Baumgartner will take on Kundry. Robert Pomakov will interpret Klingsor while Mika Kares and David Leigh will alternate Gurnemanz. Johannes Debus conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 25-Oct. 18, 2020

Le Nozze di Figaro” will be directed by Claus Guth with Josef Wagner, Louise Alder, JOhanni van Oostrum, Russell Braun, and Emily D’Angelo leading the cast. Harry Bicket conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 20-Nov. 7, 2020

Amanda Majeski makes her company debut in “Kat’a Kabanova.” Other cast members include Michael König, Susan Bullock, and Richard Trey. Johannes Debus conducts.

Performance Dates: Feb. 6-20, 2021

Carmen” will make a return in a production by Joel Ivany. J’Nai Bridges takes on the title role with Michael Fabiano and Joyce El-Khoury as Don José and Micaëla respectively. Adam Palka takes on Escamillo in his company debut. Johannes Debus conducts.

Performance Dates: Feb. 7-21, 2021

Sondra Radvanovsky and Vanessa Vasquez alternate the title role of Verdi and Piave’s “La Traviata” with Joseph Calleja and Artur Rucinski. Stephen Lord conducts.

Performance Dates: April 17-May 16, 2021

Orfeo ed Euridice” gets seven performances with Iestyn Davies, Anna-Sophie Neher, and Mireille Asselin. Bernard Labadie conducts.

Performance Dates: May 1-15, 2021

Special Events

The company will present the Ensemble Studio Competition which features some of the company’s top talent.

Performance Date: Nov. 4, 2020 

The company will present “Fantasma” as part of its Opera for Young Audiences. The work will be created by composer-in-residence Ian Cusson with a libretto by Colleen Murphy.

Performance Dates: Dec. 2-6, 2020