25 Sep, 2018
This October, David Leigh makes his Canadian Opera Company debut as Turbo in Hadrian. This highly anticipated world premiere from composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor also features the company debuts of opera legends Thomas Hampson in the title role and Karita Mattila as Plotina. The rest of the cast is comprised of Isaiah Bell as Antinous, Ambur Braid as Sabina and Ben Heppner as Dinarchus.
Hadrian tells the tale of Emperor Hadrian, who is devastated after his lover Antinous drowns in the Nile River. While matters of state encroach on his grief, and advisors clamour for war against a radical new threat to the Empire, Hadrian slips out of time to re-encounter the vision and reality of Antinous—and learn the truth about what happened on the Nile.