Saturday (September 11) is a big day for Opera Lyra. We open our production of Turandot. This opera has never before been produced by Opera Lyra and features an amazing cast of some of the best singers in opera today including Richard Margison as Calàf. Richard has sung this role all over the world including The MET and is one of Canada’s most famous opera stars. The title role is sung by Lori Phillips who makes her debut with Opera Lyra. She has also sung this role many times and recently made her debut at The MET singing Senta in The Flying Dutchman. She possesses a huge and exciting voice which is perfect for this role. The role of Liù, the slave girl, is sung by Chinese-American soprano Shu-Ying Li. She is one of the leading interpreters of the role of Madama Butterfly and was recently featured in a PBS TV broadcast singing Butterfly. There is only one word to describe her Liù, amazing. Peter Volpe, who sings the role of Timur, will be remembered by our audiences for his sonorous bass voice as Gremin in our incredible production of Eugene Onegin.
In addition, on the same day, September 11, Opéra du samedi will broadcast Opera Lyra’s recent concert of Massenet’s beautiful opera Manon. This opera featured an amazing all-Canadian cast including Michael Schade, Natalie Paulin, Brett Polegato, Theodore Baerg with me conducting the National Arts Centre Orchestra. This concert was also broadcast on CBC’s “Saturday Afternoon at the Opera” this past June. It’s fabulous that it will be heard again on Radio-Canada, FM 102.5, Saturday afternoon.