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Opera Lyra Ottawa

Jeans friendly Opera in the Nation’s Capital

We’ve covered Opera Lyra Ottawa’s productions at the National Arts Centre for a while now, but there is a second and equally compelling opera company in Ottawa: Capital City Opera. It was founded in 2011 by Bart Tecter and Rory McGlynn to offer the nation’s capital an informal, “Jeans Friendly” opera experience, allowing patrons to focus […]

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 […]