Wednesday, 09 May 2012 ~ Saturday, 26 May 2012
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts - R. Fraser Elliot Hall 145 Queen St. W., Toronto
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The COC’s 2011/2012 season closes with a production of George Frideric Handel’s Semele.  A COC premiere and the first Handel opera to be performed at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Semele is directed and designed by famed visual artist Zhang Huan, who incorporates a 450-year-old Ming Dynasty temple, transplanted directly from China, as the centrepiece of this production.  The New York Times has called this production “scenically stunning, theatrically absorbing, musically rewarding” and “a feast for the eyes.”  Melding Handel’s retelling of the myth about the ill-fated love affair between the god Jupiter and the mortal princess Semele with ancient Chinese myths and legends, director Zhang Huan has blended a Baroque aesthetic with the splendour of China.  

As Semele, Canadian coloratura soprano Jane Archibald returns to the company after her COC debut in last year’s Ariadne auf Naxos.  She leads a cast that includes American tenor William Burden as Jupiter and COC Ensemble Studio graduate mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy as both Jupiter’s jealous wife, Juno, and Semele’s sister, Ino.  Italian Baroque opera specialist Rinaldo Alessandrini makes his COC debut conducting the COC Orchestra and Chorus. 

Single tickets for Semele are $12 – $318 (specially priced $22 tickets are available for people under the age of 30).  Tickets are available online at, by calling COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office, located at 145 Queen St. W., Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All performance dates and times:

Wed. May 9, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Fri. May 11, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Sun. May 13, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Wed. May 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. May 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Tues. May 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Thurs. May 24, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. May 26, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.
Producer: Canadian Opera Company
Running time: two hours, 55 minutes including one intermission
Box office number: 416-363-8231
Wheelchair accessible World Premiere
Posted by Canadian Opera Company on Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 in Opera