Hadrian Watch Party and Live Q&A

The Canadian Opera Company is streaming Hadrian on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 6:30 PM ET, a one-night-only event, which includes a post-performance live Q&A with composer Rufus Wainwright, librettist Daniel MacIvor, and director Peter Hinton, which begins at 9:30 PM ET.

David Leigh made his Canadian Opera Company debut as Turbo in this production. It 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.

This ground-breaking production puts an overdue spotlight on Hadrian, ruler of the Roman Empire, and his beloved Antinous. With its blend of history, political intrigue, and fantastical invention, all woven into a heartbreaking love story, Hadrian gives one of history’s greatest queer romances the full, grand opera treatment.

Attendance is free, but advance registration is required. Please click on this link and sign up to receive the viewing details in your inbox the day of the event.