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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Opera Lyra Ottawa Presents Operantics! at the Canadian Museum of Civilization

What do a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster have in common?? Come to Operantics! and find out! Join the members of the Opera Lyra Ottawa Studio as they embark on the adventurous road to Bremen to become Town Musicians. Excerpts from this new opera will be presented in FREE 30-minute concerts on Saturday, December 5 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

When: Saturday, December 5
Where: The Theatre of the Children’s Museum, Canadian Museum of Civilization
Times: 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2 pm

Commissioned by Opera Lyra Ottawa, The Bremen Town Musicians is composed by renowned Canadian opera composer Dean Burry. It is the story of a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster, who, mistreated by their masters, decide to run away. They meet up on the road to Bremen and decide to become ‘town musicians’. Along the way they spot a lighted cottage – inside is a robber enjoying his ill-gotten gains. The four ‘musicians’ decide to perform for him in hopes of gaining food. Instead, their ‘music’ terrifies the robber into abandoning the cottage. The animals take possession of the cottage, eat and settle in for the night. After a time, the thief returns. He mistakes the cat’s eyes for coals of fire and the cat, startled, scratches his face, the donkey kicks him, the dog bites him, and the rooster squawks frantically at him. The animals make the robber repent. The robber decides to abandon the cottage to the strange creatures who have taken possession of it. The ‘Bremen town musicians’ live there happily for the rest of their days.

Opera Lyra Ottawa Opera Studio: The studio is at the heart of OLO’s education program. This major stepping stone provides professional training for the next generation of Canadian singers, stage directors, conductors / repetiteurs and stage managers for professional operatic careers. Members have the opportunity to perform on stage and take master-classes from renowned opera singers.

In addition to Operantics!, members of the studio will perform the complete opera The Bremen Town Musicians at the NAC Fourth Stage on December 11, 12 and 13. This same production toured to select schools in the National Capital Region in the fall.

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