Saturday 28 October
Often inspired by the works of the greatest poets and playwrights, operas expose us to another perspective of our humanity. Gods and nymphs, dukes and queens, warriors and courtesans are inspired by the same passions and defeated by the same foibles as we are. Today the stage directors feel the urge to make the message clear, shedding crowns and gowns, and updating the drama to contemporary circumstances. At which point do these adaptations betray the true nature of the work?
Sylvia L’Écuyer has been associate professor of musicology at the Faculty of Music of the University of Montreal since 2001. Her research and publications focus on French music of the 19th century. A contributor to many works of reference, she has enjoyed a parallel career in broadcasting with the CBC, where from 1996 to 2000 she was director of music; since 2007 she has been the producer of the Opera Saturday for Ici Musique.