LOUIS RIEL
By Harry Somers
Libretto by Mavor Moore with the collaboration of Jacques Languirand
APRIL 20 TO MAY 13, 2017

Running time: Three hours, 5 minutes including two intermissions.
On stage at the Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.

Sung in English, French, Michif, and Cree with English SURTITLES™.


new coc production 

The story of Louis Riel, the Métis leader and founder of Manitoba, is told in this landmark work. Composed by Harry Somers for our nation’s centennial in 1967, this uniquely Canadian contribution to the opera world returns on the work’s 50th anniversary, and will help mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. The COC has joined with Canada’s National Arts Centre to proudly present this new production of Louis Riel.

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THE COC HAS JOINED WITH CANADA’S NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE TO PROUDLY PRESENT THIS NEW 50TH-ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF LOUIS RIEL.

THE CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES ITS UNDERWRITERS:
The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation
Philip Deck & Kimberley Bozak
Asper Foundation
The Max Clarkson Family Foundation

WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM: 

  • Mark & Gail Appel
  • Margaret Harriett Cameron
  • Catherine Fauquier
  • Sally Holton
  • Michiel Horn & Cornelia Schuh
  • Michael & Linda Hutcheon
  • The Michael and Sonja Koerner Charitable Foundation
  • Peter Levitt & Mai Why
  • John D. McKellar
  • Trina McQueen
  • Roger D. Moore
  • Sue Mortimer
  • Dr. Shirley C. Neuman
  • Tim & Frances Price
  • Dr. Joseph So
  • Philip Somerville
  • Dr. John Stanley & Dr. Helmut Reichenbächer
  • The Stratton Trust
  • Françoise Sutton
  • John Wright & Chung-Wai Chow
  • Joyce Young

LOUIS RIEL HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS DONORS TO THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE FOUNDATION WHO BELIEVE IN INVESTING IN CANADIAN CREATORS, INCLUDING:

Kimberley Bozak & Philip Deck
Earlaine Collins
TD Bank Group




CAST

The Activist Cole Alvis
Folksinger/Elzéar Lagimodière/Clerk of the Court/Prison Guard Jani Lauzon
William McDougall/Judge Doug MacNaughton
British Soldier/Hudson’s Bay Scout/Father Moulin Keith Klassen
Ambroise Lépine  Charles Sy
Thomas Scott  Michael Colvin
Joseph Delorme Bruno Cormier
Janvier Ritchot  Jan Vaculik
Elzéar Goulet  Michael Downie
André Nault Vanya Abrahams
Baptiste Lépine
Taras Chmil
Louis Riel Russell Braun
Dr. Schultz Andrew Love
Charles Mair
Thomas Glenn
O’Donaghue/B.B. Osler
Neil Craighead^
Bishop Taché Alain Coulombe
Sir John A. Macdonald   James Westman
Donald Smith/Gen. Sir Frederick Middleton Aaron Sheppard
Sir George-Étienne Cartier/Father André Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure
Julie Riel    Allyson McHardy
Sara Riel Joanna Burt
Colonel Garnet Wolseley Peter Barrett
Marguerite Riel  Simone Osborne
Baptiste Lepine   Taras Chmil
Gabriel Dumont Andrew Haji
James Isbister Clarence Frazer
Poundmaker Billy Merasty
Louis Schmidt/
Dr. François Roy
Bruno Roy
Wandering Spirit, War Chief of the Crees   Everett Morrison
F.X. Lemieux   Dion Mazerolle
Buffalo Dancer Justin Many Fingers
(Mii-sum-ma-nis-kim)

CREATIVE TEAMS

Conductor:     Johannes Debus
Director:   Peter Hinton
Assistant Director Estelle Shook
Lighting Designer:   Bonnie Beecher
Chorus Master: Sandra Horst
Set Designer: Michael Gianfrancesco
Costume Designer: Gillian Gallow
Choreographer Santee Smith
Stage Manager Stephanie Marrs
Michif Translator Norman Fleury
Cree Translator Billy Merasty
SURTITLESTM Producer Gunta Dreifelds
Original sound tapes remastered by Charles Gray


With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

A Canadian Opera Company co-production with Canada’s National Arts Centre


Louis Riel Artist Sponsors

Johannes Debus is generously underwritten by George & Kathy Dembroski

Peter Hinton is generously sponsored by the Howard & Sarah D. Solomon Foundation in honour of Gerard Mortier

Russell Braun’s performance is generously sponsored by Earlaine Collins

Allyson McHardy’s performance is generously sponsored by J. Hans Kluge

Andrew Haji’s performance is generously sponsored by Marjorie and Roy Linden

Charles Sy’s performance is generously sponsored by Peter and Hélène Hunt

Aaron Sheppard’s performance is generously sponsored by Margaret Harriett Cameron and the late Gary Smith

Bruno Roy’s performance is generously sponsored by Catherine Fauquier

Sandra Horst and the COC Chorus are generously underwritten by Tim and Frances Price

 

  PERFORMANCES

  • 04/20/2017 at 7:30 p.m.
  • 04/23/2017 at 2 p.m.
  • 04/26/2017 at 7:30 p.m.
  • 04/29/2017 at 4:30 p.m.
  • 05/02/2017 at 7:30 p.m
  • 05/05/2017 at 7:30 p.m.
  • 05/13/2017 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Production generously underwritten by

THE CATHERINE AND MAXWELL MEIGHEN FOUNDATION

PHILIP DECK AND KIMBERLEY BOZAK

ASPER FOUNDATION

THE MAX CLARKSON FAMILY FOUNDATION

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