An op­u­lent Vi­en­nese opera

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Oct. 5 to 28, Four Sea­sons Cen­tre Though it pre­miered in Dres­den in 1933, Richard Strauss’s late-life opera—a be­guil­ing, sen­ti­men­tal com­edy charged with the com­poser’s trade­mark lyri­cism—has rarely, if ever, been per­formed in Canada. The COC’s over­due pro­duc­tion fol­lows the tit­u­lar hero­ine (played by Cana­dian so­prano Erin Wall) and her fam­ily’s search for a wealthy hus­band in 19th-cen­tury Vi­enna, hop­ing that his for­tunes might save them from im­pend­ing bank­ruptcy. There are comic suit­ors aplenty, mis­un­der­stand­ings and a mis­chievous sub­plot in­volv­ing Ara­bella’s younger sis­ter (dis­guised as a boy and played by Jane Archibald), but both women are hap­pily cou­pled by the fi­nal cur­tain.

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