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La Traviata (Encore) Saturday January 5 2019 at 9:55 AM- Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
× Verdi’s timeless tragedy La Traviata is one of the best-loved operas in history. This encore broadcast is a new, richly textured production featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons and stars soprano Diana Damrau as the doomed tragic heroine, Violetta, in a role that is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire. Estimated run time 3hrs 7mins. Sung in Italian.
Adriana Lecouvreur Saturday January 12 2019 at 9:55 AM- Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
× Based on a play by Eugène Scribe, this live broadcast tells a charismatic, 18th-century story inspired by the real-life intrigues of famed actress Adrienne Lecouvreur and the legendary soldier—and lover—Maurice of Saxony. A quintessential diva role, Soprano Anna Netrebko takes on the title role joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana’s lover, Maurizio. Estimated run time 3hrs 33mins. Sung in Italian.
Three Identical Strangers Monday January 21 2019 at 7:00 PM- Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
× Identical triplets become separated at birth and adopted by three different families. Years later, their amazing reunion becomes a global sensation but also unearths an unimaginable secret that has radical repercussions.
Coppelia Thursday February 7 2019 at 7:30 PM- Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
× Canada's Ballet Jörgen presents Coppélia, one of the world’s oldest and best known comedic ballet performances. A playful fairy-tale and a funny love story told through the vibrant contemporary choreography of the award-winning Bengt Jörgen, this wonderfully funny retelling of Coppélia is sure to delight audiences of all ages.
Carmen (Encore) Saturday February 9 2019 at 9:55 AM- Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
× A met favourite, mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, the gypsy seductress who lives by her own rules, in one of the most frequently staged operas in the world. The opera’s melodic sweep is as irresistible as the title character herself, a force of nature who has become a defining female cultural figure. Estimated run time 3hrs 21mins. Sung in French
La Fille du Regiment Saturday March 2 2019 at 9:55 AM- Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
× Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks. This frothy comedy mixes humor with a rush of buoyant melody and notorious vocal challenges. Its the story of a young orphan girl raised by an army regiment as their mascot and begins at the moment of her first stirrings of love. Complications (and comedy) ensue when her true identity is discovered. Estimated run time 2hrs 35mins. Sung in French