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Opera Lyra launches new season with musical masterpiece Carmen

In preparation for the 2013-14 season of Opera Lyra Ottawa, Apartment613 attended a partial dress rehearsal of Carmen, which will launch the group’s 29th season on September 7.  Below we report on the final preparations behind the scenes. Rehearsal Room B at the National Arts Centre is not what you’d expect.  It’s a stark room, with […]

La Traviata: A phenomenal talent showcase

Opera Lyra Ottawa’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata opened last night at the NAC. It was a wonderful performance, but for those of you thinking about trying out an opera for the first time, this may not be the show for you. OLO’s version of La Traviata was a concert presentation, which means no sets or […]

Ottawa’s opera history: Keeping classical soaps on stage

Telling people I love opera often results in curious, funny looks – then again, if you’ve never been to the opera, you might be one of those people giving me a funny look. For some reason, people think the adoration of opera is a pretention: that opera is snobby, elitist and aristocratic, and those who […]