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Opera Lyra’s bold, new expanded season for 2015-2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Ottawa, ON – February 18, 2015

General Director Jeep Jeffries and Interim Artistic Director Kevin Mallon proudly introduce Opera Lyra’s bold, new expanded season of classic and contemporary works for 2015-2016.

Opera Lyra’s 2015-2016 season includes two updated classic operas at the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Southam Hall and two new partnerships to bring Ottawa additional contemporary and classic productions in smaller venues. In addition, Opera Lyra’s fall show for families and students tackles bullying through song and audience participation.  This new, enhanced season includes four subscription packages and all four operas can be seen for as little as $162.  The 2015-2106 season brochure, highlight video, calendar of special events and subscription and ticket information are online at operalyra.ca.

TEASER ALERT!

Edwardian England, check. Romance and comedy, check. Love lost, love found, love triumphs, check!

We’ve thrown everything but the kitchen sink into our Spring 2015 presentation. This March come to the National Arts Centre and take in Opera Lyra’s re-invention of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s perennial favourite The Marriage of Figaro. You do not have to wait until March 21st to be a part of the highly anticipated show. Opera Lyra will be out and about hosting several entertaining events in anticipation of the opera.

Come out to the pub for a night on the town. Assist with a dress fitting at one of Ottawa’s local, well-established wedding shops. Maybe a “rehearsal dinner” at a lovely Ambassador’s residence..Or…

“Perhaps you would you prefer a flash mob at your favourite grocery store mi’lady?”

Get ready for a great time! Opera Lyra is coming at you in a way not seen before!

“Mallon, Mozart, Marriage of Figaro!”

The first in a series of blog posts by Kevin Mallon, Opera Lyra’s Interim Artistic Director and conductor of our upcoming production- March 21, 23, 25, 28, 2015 at the NAC’s Southam Hall.

…Written in 1786, with a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, the opera is based on Pierre Beaumarchais’ La Folle Journée, ou Le Mariage de Figaro (“The Mad Day, or The Marriage of Figaro”) (first performed in 1784) and has become a cornerstone of the modern opera canon. The overthrow of the old class system was in the air, and within fifteen years the French revolution would overturn antiquated social and political norms. So it is within this context we celebrate the manservant Figaro and his triumphing over his master, Count Almaviva, who, made low, gives a premonition of the demise of the whole aristocracy. The appeal of the underdog- and the “little guy” getting the upper hand is likely what has resonated with audiences for the past 200 years…

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