Askonas Holt takes on the Labours of Hercules!

This Saturday 5th April sees the opening night of the fantastic Peter Sellars production of Handel’s timeless and poignant tragedy, Hercules, at the Canadian Opera.  Premiered at the Lyric Opera Chicago in 2011 under the baton of Harry Bicket, starring Lucy Crowe and David Daniels, these artists take on the labours of Hercules in this revival once again.

As Iole, the critics raved that “the single most compelling reason to get yourself a seat for Lyric Opera’s new production of Handel’s Hercules. Crowe, making her Chicago debut in the role of Hercules’s prisoner of war and probable sex slave, Princess Iole, has a voice so stunning she dominates a dream cast of opera luminaries at the top of their form” (Chicago Reader).   This role debut was Lucy’s US opera debut and she has since gone on to make her Metropolitan Opera debut as Servilia La Clemenza di Tito also under Harry Bicket, and next week she makes her US recital debut in Carnegie Hall.     

David Daniels, one of the most highly regarded Handel singers of his generation returns to the role of Licas.  His other Handel roles this season have included Ottone Agrippina at the Liceu and Didymus – one of his acclaimed roles – in the highly praised US and European tour of Theodora with The English Concert, both under Harry Bicket.

This opera sits at the centre of a wonderfully successful season for Harry.  Back on English soil, Harry and Lucy work together twice in May at both the Brighton Festival and Wigmore Hall with The English Concert, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this season. Harry conducts his first performance as Principal Conductor of Santa Fe Opera on July 12 (Fidelio).

Performances of Hercules at the Canadian Opera are:

Premiere: April 5
Other performances: April 11, 15, 19, 24, 27 & 30

For full details please visit the Canadian Opera Company website.

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