Magazine article Opera Canada

Opera Da Camera

Magazine article Opera Canada

Opera Da Camera

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For its fourth season, Opera da Camera presented Mozart's Cost fan tutte, an ensemble piece that can effortlessly engage a non-veteran public and so was ideally suited the company's strengths. After three years at the Rialto Theatre, the company decided to change venues to Cine Theatre Le Chateau, an elegant art deco cinema that also serves an evangelical congregation. While the theatre's style was perfect for the opera's updated setting, it lacked the spontaneous dinner-cabaret feel of the previous venue. And given the new venue's larger capacity, it was also harder to fill. A major annoyance was muffled pop music front the bar next door that could be heard during Act II. Despite these drawbacks, however, the mostly young audience seemed to enjoy the show thoroughly.

The production (seen Feb. 20) was set in the 1920s, affording simple but stylish sets and dashing costumes for the two female leads. Costumes for the male cast were less successful, Ferrando and Guglielmo being already cast as soldiers before their disguise started. This made the already hard-to-believe deception of the two young men even more unlikely. They wore shabby uniforms, and Guglielmo wore mismatching pants and top. …

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