Yoshi Oida directs the Canadian Opera Company's Death in Venice

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Yoshi Oida directs the Canadian Opera Company's Death in Venice

Post  JF on Sat Oct 16, 2010 3:40 pm

The Canadian Opera Company presents

DEATH IN VENICE by Benjamin Britten

Directed by Yoshi Oida

“This is not a love story… it’s about how people die.”

October 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31; November 3, 6, 2010

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

145 Queen St. W., Toronto


Reservations: 416-363-8231

Sung in English with English SURTITLES™

Aschenbach, an aging writer in crisis, seeks salvation in the light and splendour of Venice . Confronted instead with a decaying city, and thwarted in his search for creative inspiration, he becomes bewitched with the vitality and beauty of a young boy. Based on Thomas Mann's novella, Death in Venice was Benjamin Britten's final opera. The world premiere in 1973 was conducted by Steuart Bedford, who will lead the COC production.

This production is directed by Yoshi Oida, who in addition to an illustrious international career as a director, has also achieved worldwide acclaim as an actor and writer. In an interview with COC’s Prelude Magazine, Oida describes Death in Venice as a story about a man trapped in his life and seeking freedom through passive suicide. Without trying to explain Aschenbach’s actions, Oida’s goal is to engage the audience with the production, and to “demonstrate how the life of every individual is unexpected and mysterious.”


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