And Soprano towards Diva
Simone Osborne, after her “surprise” debut at Music in the Afternoon on November 19, 2015, will take another large step forward in her career next year. The Canadian Opera Company has announced that its new season will include a remounting of Harry Somers’s grand opera Louis Riel in a co-production with the National Arts Centre. Composed for the 1967 centennial, this return will celebrate the work’s 50th anniversary, and will help mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. Simone will play the rôle of Marguerite, a part which includes the famous “Kuyas”, the lullaby sung by Riel’s wife to their child at the beginning of Act III. The title part will showcase Russell Braun, whose first performance of many with the WMCT began with his debut as a scholarship winner in 1992.