By Francisco Salazar
The Canadian Opera Company is set to present R. Strauss’ “Salome.”
The opera will be performed by Canadian soprano Ambur Braid and will also include Karita Mattila, who once was a great Salome, in the role of Herodias, tenor Michael Schade as King Herod, baritone Michael Kupfer-Radecky in his COC and North American debut as Jochanaan, and, in a role debut, French Canadian tenor Frédéric Antoun performs as Narraboth.
The COC will present a production by Atom Egoyan who shifts teh storyline from a first-century palace to an abstract and foreboding set by Derek McLane, drawing focus from the characters’ affluence and status to their inner machinations and motivations.
The costumes will be designed by Catherine Zuber with lighting from Davida Tkach. Projections will be by Phillip Barker and shadow puppetry is designed by Clea Minaker.
COC Music Director Johannes Debus conducts the COC Orchestra in seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on February 3, 5, 9, 11, 17, 19, and 24, 2023.