the world pre­miere of a tragic opera

OPERA The Ec­stasy of Rita Joe March 24 and 25, St. Lawrence Cen­tre for the Arts

Toronto Life - - Culture -

The folks at Opera in Con­cert are used to tak­ing risks, re­viv­ing lit­tle-known clas­si­cal and baroque works. They take a dif­fer­ent gam­ble by stag­ing the world pre­miere of The Ec­stasy of Rita Joe, an opera based on Ge­orge Ryga’s clas­sic play. Set to mu­sic by lo­cal com­poser Vic­tor Davies, it’s the story of a young In­dige­nous woman (played by First Na­tions mezzo Mar­ion New­man) who leaves the re­serve for a new life in the city, only to find lone­li­ness, racism, and a spi­ral of drug use and sex work that cul­mi­nates in her rape and mur­der.

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